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Ashley Day 06-12-2011 08:13 PM

Online/youtube trainer? Lipizzaners good for jumping? Lots of Questions! Please help!
Hi, I might be buying a lipizzaner mare. But before I buy (or if I even can buy) I want to know if they are good jumping horses. I ride dressage, hunter and jumper, bareback, and looking to start some cross country. This horse has some jumper training and I'm extremly short on money to spend on training so I was also wondering if I would be able to train her a bit myself. I'm 14 years old and have been riding with some serious dressage trainers with some history of hunters. If I get a horse I will not be able to afford lessons anymore... The horse would live on my property. I would for sure be able to pay for every essentials that this horse would need. Do you think I would be able to train and not totally screw up this horse? My plan was to use online training. Like training videos for horse and rider/ how to videos on youtube and general web sites. I would also study the position and skill of riders on youtube and stuff and compare their riding form to mine via tape. Its the only thing I can afford.. But I don't find yelling, strict, and no instructor to student relationship to be working very well. I have two options. Ride once a week maybe two on lesson horses (trainers have told me I will not exceed in my riding by not owning and riding my own horse). Or have my own horse and use the internet as my trainer. I totally want to pick get my own horse and stuff... I'm in a seriously hard situation and hope I can get some help answering some of my questions... :sad: Heres a pic of the horse I may buy :

Just want to add in there, I'm planning on training this horse more natural horsemanship. Think I can do this?

JustDressageIt 06-12-2011 08:21 PM

That horse will need a ton of retraining... it's completely upside down, poor thing.
Your best bet will always be a live, in-person trainer. You will NOT get instant feedback from YouTube "trainers," which is essential for learning how to ride properly. ESPECIALLY if you want to jump, lessons are imperative. You do not want to learn how to jump by trial and error - error could result in serious injury to you or your horse. Even one lesson a month or every couple weeks is better than nothing.
Can you maybe look at leasing a horse? That way you get the "feel" of ownership without the entire cost, and you'll be able to learn more before you go off on your own.

PS - bullpoop on the instructors telling you won't advance on school horses. By riding a lot of different horses, while receiving instruction, you will learn how to develop your skills on a wide variety of horses, which is absolutely fantastic for becoming a great rider. Now, it is nice to be able to ride one horse consistently if you're working towards a goal, but it sounds to me like you want to advance your skills right now, and school horses can absolutely help you there.

Ashley Day 06-13-2011 06:10 PM

Sorry I have not responded back to you. I'm new to this thing and I don't know how to fully get around on this web site yet.

And I was wondering, could you give me some tips? like for riding? I want to be a great rider someday but right now don't have any money.. Any ideas on what I could do? As in the original post I have two choices and I'm guessing that the owning a horse choice won't work out for me..

JustDressageIt 06-13-2011 06:13 PM

My honest-to-God best advice is to work with a qualified trainer. If you want to be amazing, you need to learn from someone who can teach you to be amazing :) You can do it, but it is a lot of work.
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Ashley Day 06-13-2011 06:17 PM

Alright.. nothing comes easy I guess :P Thanks for commenting on my threads. I just got to wait and see how far I can get

franknbeans 06-13-2011 06:49 PM

You are 14. You need to continue lessons. Period. I would NOT in any way advise that you buy a horse and then not be able to take lessons (which, btw totally contradicts what you have said in your other thread....where, also, btw, the mare is a, arab/lip-not a lipazzaner.....)

JDI is absolutely right. Riding many different horses can teach you many different things. You need to let the bareback/bridleless (which can be a bit "butterflies and rainbows", IMO) go for now and learn to be awesome, WITH a bridle and saddle. Learn how all the correct moves are supposed to feel. THere is NO substitute for that.

Spastic_Dove 06-13-2011 07:48 PM

I don't think you're age has any factor in needing lessons, but from the sounds of it, I think your experience level indicates lessons would be the best situation for you. By all means read and absorb as much information as you can for free. Unfortunatly though, there is no substitution for qualified eyes on the ground.

Lessons are expensive. Horses are expensive. There are always ways to make it work though. Can you work off a portion or all of a lesson with an instructor? Lots of instructors are pretty good about giving you chores to do to help curb the costs of instruction.

It's a good idea to record yourself and compare, but like mentioned, you can't get that feel. You need someone on the ground who can say "Yes, you're doing it right" or "Move your leg back/bend your elbows..." or whatever. While you are first learning you need that instant feedback to build the muscle memory up.

Like JDI, I think school horses are great. I love riding different horses. My lack of my own horse growing up has been one of the greatest things for my riding career. I am thrown up on random horses with no warning and because of my background riding so many school horses or lesson ponies, I don't have any hesitation about it. You learn to ride so much better and develop such a better sense of communication with the horses when you ride more than just one. Having your own horse is great, but if that's not possible, school horses an awesome substitute.

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