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post #1 of 6 Old 03-08-2011, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for something to do.

I am new to riding.. Well kind of. I have been riding for 4 years, and have owned a mare. She was WAY too much horse for me. I just got a horse Saturday, that I have been riding for awhile and can honestly say I completely trust him while I'm on him, and I am not scared at all. I know he is going to take care of me.

This is leading me wanting to do something more. I board at a barn that has an arena, and a round pen. It is actually a mostly English barn and they give English lessons. It is the only one in my town so it has to work.

I am looking for something to do with my horse. Some kind of "sport" to start doing and maybe even going to fun shows and doing. I saw someone on here post a video about Western Gaming, and was wondering if you think this would be a good choice for me? I'm up for any suggestions as to what you think I could do.

Having the right horse for me has opened me up to a lot more options that I could have never done before on my mare. I also think it will help me bond and gain a better relationship with Tux.

He is 9 years old, and a BIG horse. He is 15.2 hands or more. I haven't actually measured him.

Please help me!! : )
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-08-2011, 10:52 PM
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There's all sorts of things you can do. In western riding, there's fun things like pole bending, roping, cutting, barrel racing, and of course trail riding and competitive trail riding.

At an English barn, you might have fun with reining, since it is the western version of Dressage.

Of course, there's plenty to do, and plenty to learn to do, and for the most part (cept for with find cows to play with) these are things that you can easily test for a ride or two and see how you like it.

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-10-2011, 01:31 AM
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I would suggest reading up on some western events, and then trying a little of all of them, just to see if you can gauge your horse's reaction to them. Then I would pick one (or more) that both of you seem to enjoy.
Good luck, and congrats on the new horse. I just got a new horse too!
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-10-2011, 02:03 AM
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Hi Tux,

So glad that you got a horse that better suits you. It is amazing how many people suffer through a hrose that is too much for them and they think they are supposed to be enjoying it, but actually riding terrifies them and it's no fun at all. I had some of that before but am now matched well with a hrose with whom I have fun!

As far as a discipline, reining would be fun, but you may be lonely. Or, good old fashioned dressage is fun. It's what suits you and your horse.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-10-2011, 11:47 PM
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Being at a mainly English barn, you might have fun with pole bending and other speed events like that. I used to ride at an English barn and know tons of English riders that enjoy running and playing like that against each other.

I say don't pick one thing right now. Go and play and meddle in everything right now and find what you both like.
Enjoy the new guy!
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-11-2011, 03:48 PM
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I agree with the others. Play around for awhile to find out what you like. Then focus on it and train your horse to do it competitions in it. If You want anyway.
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