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post #11 of 27 Old 01-11-2010, 10:08 PM
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Ok, short attention span tonight, so I didn't read all the posts, I'll just post my story! ;D

I'm Alexandra(everyone on her calls me Alex though.), I'm 14(turning 15 in less than a month WOHOOOOO! I CAN DRIVE! {legally ;)}) and have been riding for the last 8 years of my life. I started when I was around 7, but I have been around horses my whole life. My mom rode hunters and some eventers before she had me and my little brother, and my family has also owned racehorses for the last 30 so years, so I grew up LOVING horses and everything horsy.

I started riding with a certified coach in my area and LOVED her! I bought my first horse from her, and compeated in hunters for awhile. I then switched trainers and hated it. The lady was VERY rude, and uncertifed, so I picked up alot of bad habbits, and didin't like riding anymore. A year and a half ago, I started riding with my first trainer(who does eventing) again. She has/is fixing all my bad habbits, and has brought me to jumping 2'9-11" and doing full events on my new horse in that short period of time. So moral of the story, a good trainer is unreplaceable!

On the subject of unplanned dismounts..... I stopped counting mine. I stopped getting scared after a couple times, because my trainer always made me get back on and get that horse over that jump, or sit that buck. It all comes with riding, which is kinda why I like it. I like having to concentrate 100%.

Horses and life lessons seem to go together like two peas in a pod. My horses have taught me responsability, medical skills, never ending love, presistance, paciance, love, strength, how to be firm and gentle at the same time, love, how to be a leader, they help me deal with stress better, and love. Oh, and I don't feel like I need a boyfriend, because I have a horse. ;) (probably half the reason my parents got me into riding......)

A good instructor will always emphize safty around the horses. Mine still reminds us of safty! lol!

Riding really is the best sport out there because the bond you can form with a horse is unfathumable.

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post #12 of 27 Old 01-17-2010, 07:07 PM
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Riding is a fun thing, and a horse can really influence your life.
In horse back riding you are bound to fall off at least once.
I'm 16 years old, going on 17, been riding since I was 9 going on ten.
I've fallen off so many times I can no longer count. Sustained all sorts of injuries from a little scrape/bruise, to a severe concussion [I'm really not trying to scare you though sorry if my tales do >.> I have no intentions to scare you I promise]
My mom also rides, she's shared many tumbles also.
[Btw, I really recommend horses as a great mother daughter bonding experience, my horse has brought me and my mother to best friend status.]
It toughens you up, you get back up and want to try again.
When I was a beginner learning how to ride it was somewhat like learning how to ride a bike.
You fall off. Get back on, learn a bit more and get a bit better each time! :)
No particular riding discipline is safer than the other, whether your riding your horse english, western, or just moseying around on a trail ride, accidents can always happen.
So basically there is no way to say that any discipline outplays another in the form of safety!

Riding is a wonderful recreational activity, keeps me out of trouble ;) [not like I have much trouble to get into.]
It's a wonderful bonding experience, your daughter may bond with the horses at the stables, she may want a horse of her own someday! And as I previously stated it's a wonderful mother daughter bonding experience, even just going there and watching her ride is good!
Your daughter will probably learn lessons on responsibility, in grooming and tacking the horses.
Does she also do anything around the barn to help care for the horses? Like pick up behind them and such? Those are great things too.

As stated by previous posters, a good instructor will emphasize safety, she should always wear a helmet.
Good luck :)
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post #13 of 27 Old 01-18-2010, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies. I watched her at the last lesson and I can tell she is getting better and that she is enjoying herself. I didn't even talk to the instructor about her fall last week. I know those sorts of things happen. I think I was just spooked. I think I am going to start taking her to some local shows to give her a new perspective and to see how good she can be one day. I hope that through horse riding she learns to be a more confident and responsible person. She's little and her instructor said it takes some time for her to develop strength and muscle memory. She'll get there though. I told her that maybe I want to start taking lessons with her, but she really wasn't into that idea... lol. That's ok, I'd rather spend the money for her to ride.
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post #14 of 27 Old 01-18-2010, 09:37 AM
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Going to shows is a fantastic idea!! Jumping shows (hunter/jumper) will be much more interesting than a flat show, like dressage - just something to keep in mind when choosing which shows to go see :)
I think it is fantastic that you are so supportive of her. I had a bad fall when I was 8 that made my mom swear off my riding, and my dad took over. I think I got a pretty good concussion then because I don't remember a whole heck of a lot before the fall haha. In any case, my dad took over my riding career and took me to lessons etc for 10 years. When he was unable to take me, my mom would drive me out, but she wouldn't watch or even set foot in the barn unless it was absolutely necessary - that put a big rift in our relationship. I was, and still am to some extent, closer with my dad, and I'm sure it's due to the countless hours he spent with me at the barn... he'd always groom out my mare, Dancer's, tail to make it all pretty for me. (gosh, I'm tearing up just writing this! I need to go give him a hug.)
Now, I work part-time in a tack store, and see all these mothers and daughters come in and they're so connected.. even some of the teenagers. It's really great to see, and I swear there's just something about horses...
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post #15 of 27 Old 01-20-2010, 09:55 PM
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hi! ive just started this website and i think your senerio is pretty common.
i started riding at 6 too and i think if your worried about cuts or scrapes i'd try to cut back the branches that hang into the ring. Also i'd make sure the ring shes riding in has softer footing, because screenings can scrape easily. ive fallen MANY times and now ive lost track how many but falling off lets you learn from your mistakes. at 8 years old i was riding a wirey of-the-track thoroughbred mare. nobody at the barn liked her, but she was always good for me. getting your daughter the right horse is a good thing too :) but 1 more thing; after a fall in a helmet, for safety reasons i would get another one to be sure it still is working properly.
good luck with Allie!
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post #16 of 27 Old 01-21-2010, 08:53 AM
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ive been taking lessons since i was 4 and riding since i was 2, i never really got hurt to bad with horses until i started retraining abused horses at age 13 but it is something i'm so glad my mom let me do. she always told me she was scared but knew i was stubborn and had to let me bc it made me sooooo happy. it teaches responsability, teamwork and listening plus many other good things. wether she is riding or any other sport u have to face the fact that ur little baby girl will get hurt some way.... i started letting my nephew ride my horses since he was 2yrs old as well and walks them around by himself at age 6, my sister trusts me and the fact that i trust my horses. my trainer had her little girl riding before she could walk as well and started jumping at age 4! i plan on teaching my kids to ride before they can walk too.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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post #17 of 27 Old 01-21-2010, 04:36 PM
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Theres things that can go wrong in any sport, but it does have to be said that riding is dangerous because there will be unfortunate times where you're not in control of your horse. However, your daughter has an instructor and you should trust that she will keep her safe. It's best if you have some knowledge yourself as you will be able to make better decisions. When I was young, my mum was paranoid about some aspects of riding, and oblivious to other dangers (I used this to my advantage ).

Maybe you could have a lesson or two with your daughter? I know for a fact she will love to share it with you, I used to (and still do) beg my family to come with me to see my pony. Even if they just patted her on the head I'd be thrilled because I was sharing something I loved.

As for communicating your fears with her instructor, it shouldn't be hard. Just tell her you're worried and if she's not sympathetic and helpful then I suggest your change riding schools. It will only get harder the longer you're daughter rides.

I'm sorry to say that every rider has AT LEAST one bad experience and the best you can do is take it slow and wear body protector and hat.

Happy Riding Career to BOTH of you .. x
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post #18 of 27 Old 01-21-2010, 07:07 PM
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Just thought I would throw this photo in. I know she's too young
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post #19 of 27 Old 01-21-2010, 07:11 PM
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Ok, I gots a couple of things to add!

A) See if you can go to an eventing show. The show season starts up soon(later next month) and eventing is really exciting to just go out and watch! I still go out and just sit on the Cross Country and watch.

B) Stick around this site to learn a little! I know one of the things that helps me is that my mom used to ride Dressage, and she knows so much about that disapline of riding. She also has just basic knowledge, like seeing if the horse is a little off, etc.

C) Learning about horses can really keep your daughter safe too. A girl I ride with recently bought a horse (who is an AMAZING horse for the right person) but she is just so tiny, riding this strong horse is hard for her, they just don't click well. So, when looking for horses in the future, always look at MANY MANY MANY horses before you buy one. I rode like 10 before I found my Geof-y boy!
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post #20 of 27 Old 01-21-2010, 07:12 PM
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