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post #31 of 34 Old 08-22-2012, 07:03 PM
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Try to find a friend that would let you ride with them in exchange for doing some work around the barn.

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post #32 of 34 Old 08-22-2012, 07:04 PM
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The best place to learn the basics without a huge cost is a local riding school. If you have a local university that has an equestrian team they may offer lessons to the public. I would look around your area. You are probably going to be spending anywhere from 30 to 50 dollars for a lesson. You might be able to arrange an every other week or once a month lesson.

I know a lot of people mentioned injuries and I have seen horses break legs out at pasture just as likely as they are to strain a tendon on a ride. I have seen a whole lot of novice riders sore the heck out of a horse, I mean saddle sores from not knowing how to sit in the saddle. I can see why an owner would not want to put a horse in that situation. You run a guest facility and one poorly seated dude puts a good horse out of work for a week or more to heal up.
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post #33 of 34 Old 08-24-2012, 10:40 AM
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I skimmed over everything and most of the responses are similar. I get that. I know I am not an experienced rider. I'm willing to learn anything others are willing to teach me. I live paycheck to paycheck with no means of saving any money, so leasing a horse is sadly not an option. Someone mentioned making it a goal of mine. Well, it sure is one. I just have no idea where to start especially when I can only afford MAYBE one or 2 trail rides a month. So I guess this post is going in a tiny bit different direction... where to go to learn the basics without a high cost?
Find out if there are any riding/saddle clubs in your area that you could join. It's a good way to meet other trail riders and maybe find a mentor. Or maybe a place where you can volunteer your time working with horses or "work off" some riding lessons by cleaning stalls, grooming, etc.

Not only will it build your credibility with other horse people, but you will gain knowledge and horse-handling experience that you just cannot get from reading a book or watching a video.

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post #34 of 34 Old 09-06-2012, 03:53 PM
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Everyone has good points. I own my own horse, ride 5 days a week, take weekly lessons, and am building a great relationship with my horse, but I still won't ride out alone yet no matter how much I want to. There are too many things that I don't know that I don't know yet! I'll get a good year at this pace before I do that.

It's a great goal to have though, and I look forward to that day myself!
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