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        07-02-2013, 08:06 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by plomme    
    I don't know anything about the LA area, but I'm sure other people here do. Maybe start a thread asking for recommendations? Try asking on CoTH as well.
    awesome will do! Thanks!
         
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        07-02-2013, 08:08 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Another good area to find lessons or barns is simple..let your fingers do the walking in the local yellow pages. You need to find a lesson barn that offers both english and western unless you have already developed a preference; the two riding styles, while similar in the rider physical requirement, are different in style. I happened to learn english from the start and I have no balance in a western saddle...strange I know as at the time I was jumping 4 foot fences.

    Lessons will offer you the chance to get to know horses; all types. Mares, geldings, ponies (if you are small enough). A good lesson barn will teach you the basics of grooming, tacking up, leading and so on. A horse isn't a dog on a leash..there are specific safety measures any human needs to take to keep both them and the horse safe. Remember, these are animals with base instincts and outweigh us by, in most cases, nearly a thousand pounds. While most horses are careful of their humans, there is no guarantee they could cause harm without meaning to. Most lesson horses are pretty steady and it takes a lot to get the spooked..it takes a special horse to make a good lesson horse; they don't all have the ability to put up with beginner/student errors.

    You are a beginning rider; take the beginner lessons. Most barns have some sort of system to move entire lesson groups up together. For example, the barn I board at is more of a lesson barn from beginner to advanced. The riders may start at a beginner level but learn and advance together; a group rated as beginner at the start may change levels to intermediate a year or so later and all the riders are the same..in most cases. People come and go and new students join in as they come to the barn and are evaluated but we have three groups that I know of that have been together for over 5 years.

    The other advice..talk to the instructors at the level you will be riding at and try and observe a few lessons. Some instructors can be abrasive rather than encouraging and you want to decide if the instructors are people you can learn from without being irritated at their attitude. Riders need to be respectful of the instructors yes, but, instructors need to also give that respect back just as a simple courtesy. Some instructors are licensed or trained to teach but not all instructors are "teachers" and don't necessarily LIKE to teach..this can make a HUGE difference to making someone happy to be riding or making them so miserable they leave the sport and never return.
         
        07-02-2013, 11:43 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    Another good area to find lessons or barns is simple..let your fingers do the walking in the local yellow pages. You need to find a lesson barn that offers both english and western unless you have already developed a preference; the two riding styles, while similar in the rider physical requirement, are different in style. I happened to learn english from the start and I have no balance in a western saddle...strange I know as at the time I was jumping 4 foot fences.

    Lessons will offer you the chance to get to know horses; all types. Mares, geldings, ponies (if you are small enough). A good lesson barn will teach you the basics of grooming, tacking up, leading and so on. A horse isn't a dog on a leash..there are specific safety measures any human needs to take to keep both them and the horse safe. Remember, these are animals with base instincts and outweigh us by, in most cases, nearly a thousand pounds. While most horses are careful of their humans, there is no guarantee they could cause harm without meaning to. Most lesson horses are pretty steady and it takes a lot to get the spooked..it takes a special horse to make a good lesson horse; they don't all have the ability to put up with beginner/student errors.

    You are a beginning rider; take the beginner lessons. Most barns have some sort of system to move entire lesson groups up together. For example, the barn I board at is more of a lesson barn from beginner to advanced. The riders may start at a beginner level but learn and advance together; a group rated as beginner at the start may change levels to intermediate a year or so later and all the riders are the same..in most cases. People come and go and new students join in as they come to the barn and are evaluated but we have three groups that I know of that have been together for over 5 years.

    The other advice..talk to the instructors at the level you will be riding at and try and observe a few lessons. Some instructors can be abrasive rather than encouraging and you want to decide if the instructors are people you can learn from without being irritated at their attitude. Riders need to be respectful of the instructors yes, but, instructors need to also give that respect back just as a simple courtesy. Some instructors are licensed or trained to teach but not all instructors are "teachers" and don't necessarily LIKE to teach..this can make a HUGE difference to making someone happy to be riding or making them so miserable they leave the sport and never return.

    Awesome thanks much!
         
        07-03-2013, 08:27 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Would you guys recommend I volunteer at a stable or horse rescue as well to gain more experience on horse care etc?
         
        07-03-2013, 11:47 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by scubachrism    
    Hey all

    First of all I am new on here from the la area of California. Ever since I rode a horse of which I had full control of a few years ago I wanted to get one. I've rode a couple of times and was just wondering what I would need to do in order to own one and prior to owning one as far as all the commitments required to owning one. Please help as I want to do this right and don't want to get in waaay over my head.

    Thanks
    Chris
    Welcome to the forum Chris! So happy to see you're asking for some help and advice! I wish everyone who gets into horses, did what you're doing now.

    My recommendation would be to find a local equestrian centre and take some lessons. You can start learning about basic horses care there with someone with you, and you can learn where to get tack, feed care etc. Horses are not cheap, nor are the lessons, but it can be the most rewarding thing you will ever experience.

    Once you feel comfortable, something you can also look into, prior to buying a horse is looking at leasing opportunities. A half lease is a great place to start because you can take over the care of a horse and get help without having the full commitment of your income into the horse, at least not right away if you are getting your feet wet.
         

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