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RedTree 08-08-2010 03:17 AM

Hmmm my mum suggest some odd things
Out of blue like 5 minutes ago (lol) my mum was like you should teach William (my little brother) to ride... I was like on Buzz. She then went on to say how she would help and pay for feed and stuff.
She was like it would be good when I go to uni he would be able to help with feeding and stuff.

I thought I would share it does sound like a good suggestion except my little brother shows no interest in horses... and it was just out of the blue.

sandy2u1 08-08-2010 03:38 AM

How old is your brother? If he's old enough, I think it would probably be good for him. Even if he never takes to it like you have, it would be another thing he could do if necessary. I would start by teaching him how to feed, muck stalls, scrub water buckets, tack and groom before teaching him to ride though. IMO riding privileges should be earned.

LoveStory10 08-08-2010 03:42 AM

I think thats a wonderful idea! Do as stated above though. You never know, maybe your little brother will become horsey?

RedTree 08-08-2010 07:21 AM

haha I can get him to do all the dirty work mwhaha
but if I did teach him I would teach basics first mainly because he will be riding my horse and he will ride him my way lol

RedTree 08-08-2010 07:22 AM

oh hes 12 by the way forgot to add

Mickey4793 08-08-2010 09:09 AM

Try it, see how it goes. You never know if he will grow to liking horses or not. We took my little brother on a trail ride once, and he hates horses now. He claims we made him gallop [trot] and that it was uncomfortable and scary. Yes he was on a sound respectful horse. Horse-riding isn't for everybody. Try it out.

corinowalk 08-08-2010 10:11 AM

Maybe your mom knows something you don't. Maybe your brother really likes horses but doesnt want to say anything to you.

I think its a pretty good idea. It would benefit the both of you. Just make him earn the right to ride. Explain all the bad things that happen if you dont feed...feed to much...forget to water....dont clean his stall...etc

sarahver 08-08-2010 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by RedTree (Post 712912)
haha I can get him to do all the dirty work mwhaha

I like the way you think!

One of the first things I try to teach people that have little experience with horses is how to read them. I.e. horse body language and all the little things horses tell you without ever speaking a word to you, both in the saddle and on the ground. Especially when riding for the first time, the ears and the tail will tell you so much about what the horse is thinking - they will tell you if the horse is focusing on the rider or drifting off and staring into the bushes dreaming of dinner time :-)

EmilyAndBalthamos 08-08-2010 03:14 PM

I think that is a lovely idea! He might grow to adore them, he might not. But it's worth the try. I would also start with the chores (mucking, feeding, grooming, etc.) so he knows that horses do take lots of work. You don't just saddle 'em up every day and ride. After he has learned how to do the chores efficiently (sp?) and well, let him work with the horses more with groundwork and then start with the actual riding.

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