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        05-28-2008, 11:59 AM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Hello from Minnesota!

    Hello everyone!

    I am new to the horse world, per say. Honestly, I haven't been on a horse in over a decade (when I was in high school). My lack of knowledge hasn't stopped me from admiring everything about horses. I am extremely envious of those who actually own their own.

    Despite the fact that I know little to nothing about horses, I have always wanted to own one. And now, I feel that I am in a position to do so. I have land, I have time, I have the desire and I have the willingness to learn. I know there is more to being a horse mommy than land, time, desire and ambition, that is why I am here.

    So, I am taking the steps to better educate myself. I have registered on this site because I want to absorb everything there is to know, I have volunteered my services to a local stable to help myself understand the type of daily work that goes into taking care of a horse, and I have set up riding lessons to regain the comfort I once had with horses.

    Therefore, I am here. I am here to learn, meet some new people, and develop my lack of know-how. I look forward to lurking around, learning a thing or two, and getting to know everyone.

    Thanks for stopping by.
         
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        05-28-2008, 12:31 PM
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    I'm new to this forum as well, but welcome! That's great that you have decided to get back into horses. To say that being with horses is time well spent would be a major understatement. :P From what you've said it seems like you are starting from the ground up. I would strongly suggest waiting AT LEAST a year or two before looking into owning your own horse. You said you had land so I assume you eventually want to have horses of your own on your own property. I would suggest keeping your first horse at another stable where other boarders can help you. Get to know the horses at the barn you are working, invest in lessons with an instructor who is patient and can help you build up your confidence. Are you looking to ride English or Western? What would you ultimately like to do? Would you want to show, or ride just for pleasure? Owning a horse is a big responsibility. Make sure you are completely ready for ownership and that you can manage horses from the ground at least (feeding, grooming, leading, first aid, etc), with confidence and ease. I don't think you need a ton of RIDING experience to own a horse, because you can learn as you go, as long as this horse is well-trained and suitable for your needs but it definitely isn't something to just jump into. I rode for 5 years before getting my first horse (mainly because of money) but still. Well that is my little spiel, haha. Horses are wonderful and I hope you enjoy your experience with them! Good luck!!
         
        05-28-2008, 01:11 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Jubilee,
    Welcome as well!!! Iíve seen your pics, your mare is just beautiful!
    I really am starting from the ground up. I had a friend who had horses when I was younger, and even before that when I was a child, I would always pretend to have a horse. LOL I can still remember riding the LP tank as if it were a horse .

    I donít plan on getting a horse any time soon. It would be at least a year if not two out. I have a lot to learn, and am willing to put all my effort into doing so. Boarding a horse in a stable is a very good idea, thank you for that. I was at a stable on Friday, it was a ways away from me. I saw a beautiful black draft of some type. Her name was Molly, from what Iíve heard her owner spends little time with her. I have wondered about maybe leasing after getting a few lessons under my belt, it would be nice to lease her.

    At this point, Im really just interested in pleasure riding. I think that is only because Im not educated enough about dressage and other disciplines to know otherwise. Maybe after a little time I will change my mind, but for now, pleasure, trail riding and such is what Im most interested in.

    I am volunteering at the stable so I can completely understand what kind of work owning a horse entails. Im not afraid of getting my hands dirty. It may turn out that owning a horse isnít for me, and maybe leasing is the way to go? Im not completely sure, which is why starting with ground work is really the most responsible thing to do.
         
        05-28-2008, 01:15 PM
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    Thanks Moxie! It sounds like you are on the right track. There is nothing wrong with riding for pleasure. Once you learn and are comfortable with basic walk, trot, canter, you'll probably have a better idea of what you want to do, as you said. If you do lease, I would strongly suggest having lessons with the horse you lease. But take your time and just become comfortable with horses in general. Grooming one is a great place to start!
         
        05-28-2008, 03:50 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Welcome to forum :)
         

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