Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
That horse will need a ton of retraining... it's completely upside down, poor thing.
Your best bet will always be a live, in-person trainer. You will NOT get instant feedback from YouTube "trainers," which is essential for learning how to ride properly. ESPECIALLY if you want to jump, lessons are imperative. You do not want to learn how to jump by trial and error - error could result in serious injury to you or your horse. Even one lesson a month or every couple weeks is better than nothing.
Can you maybe look at leasing a horse? That way you get the "feel" of ownership without the entire cost, and you'll be able to learn more before you go off on your own.
PS - bullpoop on the instructors telling you won't advance on school horses. By riding a lot of different horses, while receiving instruction, you will learn how to develop your skills on a wide variety of horses, which is absolutely fantastic for becoming a great rider. Now, it is nice to be able to ride one horse consistently if you're working towards a goal, but it sounds to me like you want to advance your skills right now, and school horses can absolutely help you there.
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