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        07-22-2013, 08:27 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Sounds like you're enjoying your lessons.

    I started riding a couple of months before my 50th birthday. I'm 52 now. I enjoyed being on a horse, but felt like something was missing in my riding, so I started taking lessons a few months ago. I still have a ways to go, but I'm trying to absorb as much information as I can. After my lesson is over, if there's more students there for lessons, I stick around and watch them, even offer my assistance when I can. Everyone knows that I'm a beginner and try to make sure I'm understanding everything. Thanks to the wonderful helpful people here, I understand a lot more than they thought I would.
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        07-22-2013, 11:14 PM
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    Foal
    I started lessons a little over a month ago (I've had eight)... To OP your enthusiasm is infectious! It's always fun to hear about someone else's journey.

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        07-24-2013, 01:10 AM
      #13
    Foal
    I agree with the other posters, your happiness is contagious, and even though I have been in horses for over thirty years, it makes me want to go out to the barn and play with my horse! How lucky are we all to be able to be around horses? It sure is a wonderful life!

    Also, it is really great to see someone getting into horses the "right" way, meaning, taking lessons first! You are a very smart person to do that. Even if you do want a horse of your own someday, continue to take your time with your lessons. I recommend newbies do lessons for a least a couple of years, and then maybe look into leasing a horse if they are interested in eventual ownership. Often the folks you take lessons from will be able to guide you when the time comes to own or lease.

    Thanks for posting...it brightened my day
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        07-24-2013, 10:52 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Aw, thanks BeccaF and KountryPrincess. : )

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    Also, it is really great to see someone getting into horses the "right" way, meaning, taking lessons first! You are a very smart person to do that. Even if you do want a horse of your own someday, continue to take your time with your lessons. I recommend newbies do lessons for a least a couple of years, and then maybe look into leasing a horse if they are interested in eventual ownership. Often the folks you take lessons from will be able to guide you when the time comes to own or lease.
    Yep, that's where my head is. Horse ownership is definitely not in my near future. The more I read, the more I see the wisdom in following a slow path. My impression is that horse ownership requires a high amount of knowledge, skill, and commitment, ( not to mention the financial aspect). It doesn't seem like something to enter into lightly. As exciting as the thought of it is, the reality is that this is not the right time...and that time may or may not come.

    I could see shareboarding or leasing being nice option at some point, but even that would be more than a year away. Riding without supervision anytime soon would pure foolishness. Yes, I have "ridden". But I need far more skill and experience. Weekly lessons a exactly the right speed for me.
         

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