Originally Posted by 77ashes
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.