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        09-30-2010, 09:23 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Learning to Ride - Questions on competitions?

    How old were you when you started showing/competing? And how long had you been riding? Who helped you get started, or did you just wing it? I'd love to get into roping, penning or barrel racing (for fun, not really competing) but I'm not sure how/when you get started. Are there ways, even in the beginning, if you can tell if someone would be a good fit for any of those?
         
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        09-30-2010, 05:09 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    I was 4 or 5 when I started riding by myself and showing by myself. In barrel racing. My mom does barrels, and so does the majority of my family. As for you, just go to barns or look online for local open shows. Go watch or bring your horse along to "play" as for deciding what you want to do I suggest watching different shows and getting a feel for the atmosphere in each, then going and taking lessons in that dicipline to see if you really do like it or not. It's not about fit, it's about what you enjoy doing and having the right horse to do it with.
         
        09-30-2010, 08:23 PM
      #3
    Started
    I have to agree. I have ridden my whole life, did some junior rodeo stuff and play days. When I was eleven, I got my first highly competitive show horse. His name was Peavy, and I got him half-way through the show season. I ended up fourth place rookie of the year. My trainer at the time was my gaming trainer, and she helped me out so much. When I was thirteen, I started going to a youth/non-pro all-around trainer, and my showing improved so much, so fast, that everybody was surprised. A few years ago, I took some dressage lessons, but I found that I didn't like that as much as what I was already doing.

    Do what you enjoy, and keep trying new things.
         
        09-30-2010, 09:30 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    I don't compete, but I'd never been on a horse until I was 18. I'm 21 now and have enough experience to take an unbroke horse and train it at least for trailriding. I've only been to one competition though and am looking into getting into Reined Cow Horse which is cow work, cutting, and reining. My girlfriend is 20 and she's been riding since she was about 5 I believe. We have 4 horses, each a mare that is broke to ride, and two fillies, one 5 months old and the other 7 months. We're selling the 7 month old though to buy another quarter horse filly for myself. So then we'll each have our mares, and each have a filly.
         
        09-30-2010, 09:55 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I got into it myself. No one in my immediate family rode, and they weren't supportive (to say the least) of my riding and wanting to compete. I started riding when I was 12. I showed 4H for 3 years borrowing other people's horses. I quit showing and 4H when I was in highschool. I felt run out by the kids who got everything handed to them. They really looked down on me, made snide comments and just made it hard for me. I never looked back at competing.

    That was until I decided my little mare was an awesome horse, and someone was going to show her. That person was me. As luck would have it, I moved back "home" after college for a job opportunity and began showing my mare. I was beyond thrilled when we began kicking the stuffing out of several of the girls who made my 4H experience hell. That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. One time my 2 year old mare placed 3rd in Sr division western pleasure in an open show (out of 18), and one of the main "mean girls" got kicked out of the class. Her horse was rearing up and bucking!! She completely ignored me, only saying as I left the class that if my mare was so good, we should have had 1st.

    Back on topic, the best way to get into it is to educate yourself on the right way to do it. I'd invest in some dvds, possibly books. Youtube is a good source of information. You might also want to check into getting some lessons in that descipline. I know as far as roping, it is all about practice. When I was getting into it, I'd throw my rope around a 5 gallon bucket in the backyard 100 times a day. There's some great videos online about different roping techniques. If barrel racing is something you're interested in, there is a nice barrel racing forum- barrelhorseworld.com I think is the website. Good luck and keep us updated!
         
        10-01-2010, 12:48 AM
      #6
    Trained
    I have been riding since I could sit int he saddle on my own. Even before that, I was lead around on my horse with someone holding me on. My first show was a western pleasure class when I was four, just walk/trot. When I was five I did walk/trot/canter, and when I was six I started barrel racing, then around eight I was reining, and by ten I did all the cow work. I specifically started jumping when I was twelve, but reining or reining cowhorse has always been my favorite thing.

    My Mom taught me a lot about the basics, but at the critical learning point she was still not capable of teaching me advanced techniques fluently (She's a natural, but not a good teacher) so I took lessons at my family's trainer that trained my Mom when she was my age, and is now teaching me. As I progressed, she started putting me on her horses to show. This is the more recent thing. I've really only been competitive with her horses since I was thirteen, and I'm nearly sixteen now.

    I do preach teaching lessons, but there's something I preach even more: Comfort. Take your horse out on your property or on a trail ride and just learn their quirks. My trainer taught me so much, but in the end it was my big ol' sorrel horse that really showed me the ropes, and in ways I taught myself a lot of things about dealing with differant situations.

    As far as ability goes, there really isn't a good way to tell in the beginning. If you just want to compete for fun, then try everyhing. No reason why not. And remember, sometimes you have natural ability for something but you don't want to do it. I knew this girl who was the best english rider I had ever seen, but she didn't like doing it so she started reining and she sucked. Badly. So she worked really hard and eventually got better and better, and now she kicks some serious butt at every show.

    It's up to you in the end, really. :) :) :)
         
        10-01-2010, 02:18 AM
      #7
    Green Broke
    I've been riding for 9 months.
    I winged it at first but then decided I needed lessons and I plan on still
    Getting lessons here and there. I went to my first two shows..one in august and one in september. So far,so good. I've been having a lot of fun and I do want to compete in some gaming sometime but Im still learning :)
         
        10-01-2010, 07:59 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BarrelRacer86    
    It's not about fit, it's about what you enjoy doing and having the right horse to do it with.
    I guess that would make sense for any sport!! I don't have a horse so I suppose that leaves me to figure out what I like and then find a horse that could do it!! Thanks!
         
        10-01-2010, 08:01 AM
      #9
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aforred    
    I have to agree. I have ridden my whole life, did some junior rodeo stuff and play days. When I was eleven, I got my first highly competitive show horse. His name was Peavy, and I got him half-way through the show season. I ended up fourth place rookie of the year. My trainer at the time was my gaming trainer, and she helped me out so much. When I was thirteen, I started going to a youth/non-pro all-around trainer, and my showing improved so much, so fast, that everybody was surprised. A few years ago, I took some dressage lessons, but I found that I didn't like that as much as what I was already doing.

    Do what you enjoy, and keep trying new things.
    Wow, thirteen? That's awesome!! I love when people have that much motivation at that age!
         
        10-01-2010, 08:06 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mliponoga    
    I don't compete, but I'd never been on a horse until I was 18. I'm 21 now and have enough experience to take an unbroke horse and train it at least for trailriding. I've only been to one competition though and am looking into getting into Reined Cow Horse which is cow work, cutting, and reining. My girlfriend is 20 and she's been riding since she was about 5 I believe. We have 4 horses, each a mare that is broke to ride, and two fillies, one 5 months old and the other 7 months. We're selling the 7 month old though to buy another quarter horse filly for myself. So then we'll each have our mares, and each have a filly.
    Well I am hoping I can progress that quickly! Did you take lessons (the once a week thing) or did you meet your girlfriend and get to ride a few times a week? The aspects I'm really interested in is rehabing and just enjoying my horses - if we decide to compete that's fine, but I've got a three year old and we're wanting a few more so I'm not sure how seriously I would be able to compete!

    And I would love to get into cow work, if we move back to Texas my hubby's good friend said he'd give us a few steers and help us get started with a (side) ranch. Which I would just eat up. :) (literally and figuratively!!)

    And how long were you riding before you felt really confident that you could control the horse? Watching my husband ride (even though he has only ridden that one time) was frustrating to me because he was completely confident and his horse just seemed to understand he was in charge! Granted he's got 100lbs on me, but I noticed you had made a comment about guys being 'made' for riding horses and I have to agree!
         

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