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        07-28-2014, 11:46 PM
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    Foal
    buying a horse i can learn from?

    Is it better to buy a horse earlier on so I can learn from his/her experience? Because I feel like im held back slightly with the lesson ponies as they are monotone and I learn no real horse care etc with them.
    What do you think?

    P.s I would loan, I really would but all the horses on loan within a 50 mile radius are all green nd I don't want to start off like that.
         
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        07-29-2014, 01:47 AM
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    Started
    A good lesson barn has many levels of horses so you can continue to learn and be challenged. I would consider finding a new barn with an instructor that is gifted in matching up riders and horses.
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        07-29-2014, 04:46 PM
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    Yearling
    Good lesson ponies and horses are the best teachers.
    You are inexperienced just by how you write it sounds...
    A good seasoned pony/horse will teach you kindly, correctly learning to ask for something or they won't do it.

    Find a barn that does lessons and once some lessons are taken gives their students a chance to lease a horse for riding time.
    You get hands-on experience by doing for yourself in this situation but are still under a watchful eye so you don't get in over your head nor do or learn wrong.

    I would not suggest jumping in to ownership till you have some serious ride-time in and are competent in handling and doing for yourself in all types of situations and weather conditions. Horses can become different natured animals during times of stress and weather changes...competently handling them is not a book learned adventure but done by time and hands-on.
    A pair or many pairs of experienced eyes, ears and hands to help your education along a safe path is so important.

    There is a saying....green on green = black & blue.
    Translation.......green rider and green horse is a potential recipe for disaster.

    A green rider and a older accomplished/well-trained horse works well as long as the rider is also under some guidance and not totally on their own...

    Spend some time learning to ride and accomplish some basic goals.
    Those lesson ponies/horses are very smart...they won't do/give till you are able to ride well enough to make them do what you want...that takes time and training on your behalf.
    No one learns how to be a good rider overnight. Even self-taught riders took time to become good at what they now do...

    Enjoy the experience of learning all you can....

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        07-29-2014, 04:57 PM
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    Weanling
    Find out if you can add horse care and handling to your lesson routine instead of just riding. Some instructors want you to learn that and some don't want to bother.
    For the kids who really show an interest and make me believe that they will someday own a horse, I do teach everything I can A-Z and try to involve the parents too. However, bear in mind that an instructor has to charge for this just the same as riding.
    I also have several students taking lessons just for the status of it. Their interest is minimal so I don't go out of my way to teach them much more than very basic grooming, tacking up and then of course riding.
    Please, whatever you do; do not run out and buy a horse until you get some experience in all that it entails. The horse is the one who suffers in the end when people do this!
         
        07-30-2014, 11:18 PM
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    Foal
    Honestly, you can learn more using most horses. I have had charlie since I was like 10 and I'm almost 23 now and JUST got back into riding. Just being around him more and doing things differently this time and seeing things from his perspective has taught me so much and has brought us closer together. There will always be more for you to learn from your horse!
         
        08-04-2014, 03:26 PM
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    Foal
    I don't think there's any horse out there that you can't learn from. A lesson horse might seem monotone to you because you're doing lessons and they're in a controlled environment and they get basically the same routine and care every day so their behavior is somewhat predictable. If you were to load a lesson horse up and head home with it to a different barn and totally different routine, you'd learn very quickly that they're not monotone!

    It sounds to me like you're getting a little bored with your lessons and you're looking for more of a challenge.
         
        08-04-2014, 03:38 PM
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    Yearling
    Have you asked your instructor if they would show you some of the horse care? Have you told them you are not feeling challenged? They can't help you if you haven't communicated what you are looking for and what you need. If you ask and they cannot deliver, then I would look for a new trainer/instructor, but I would not give up on lessons and go it alone just because you feel the ponies are monotone. Talk it out first!
         
        08-04-2014, 08:34 PM
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    Foal
    Talk to your instructor about it! Lesson horses can be quite boring but its better to start out riding a horse that's a bit lazy than one that's too much horse for you! Better safe than sorry
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