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post #1 of 7 Old 06-03-2013, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Should I teach him?

Just wondering, how many of you have gotten your non-horsey partners into riding? I've had my new horse for 3 weeks, and my boyfriend is really enjoying helping me out with him. My boyfriend is really keen to learn to ride, and I'd love to teach him, but I'm not really sure where to start? I suggested taking him to a riding school to have a professional teach him, but he only wants to ride Mav (my horse), and he wants me to teach him. He rode when he was very young, but doesn't remember much.

Mav is very quiet, gentle and has no vices. I'm a very nervous rider and I chose him specifically for his bombproof nature.

So, to sum up, I believe Mav would be perfect for him, but I'm not sure where to start. Should I put him on a lunge, or lead him? What kind of basic safety precautions should I be focusing on? Obviously heels down, hands soft, centred weight, but is there anything else I'm missing?
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-03-2013, 08:27 AM
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My boyfriend was taught to ride by plopping him on a horse and being told to basically hang on. So when I got my horse and we were able to borrow some horses here and there we would go for rides together. But even though he wants to learn to ride properly it just doesn't work with me trying to teach him. I took lessons for many years, so I feel comfortable teaching the basics. But unless your teaching style matches up with his learning style you might have disagreements. I would say it is probably best to bring in a trainer to teach him on your horse. Most trainers that give lessons will also travel to your place for an extra fee.
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Sometimes the best way for someone to learn is just to let them ride, then as things pop up you can correct them - especially if he just wants to ride casually and your horse is an old hand:)
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This person is only doing it because I'm doing......two people actually. And those are my best friend and "friend." I am teaching them both and I am gonna say that so far the hardest part is getting them to be confident. I tell my best friend to do this and she moves the reins/rope two centimeters - I am not kidding, two centimeters - and she stops everything and says the horse won't listen. Well, what she doesn't understand is that 99% of the time it's the rider, NOT the horse.

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-03-2013, 10:23 AM
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Go back and remember to your lessons.
I'm jealous, my boyfriend doesn't like riding ): haha
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That depends on if you want him involved or not. I prefer to have a non horsey SO. Horse are my thing and I don't want to share that. I know that sounds selfish, but I don't. That's my place to get away from everything, especially MEN!

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I've tried teaching exes how to ride, and no matter how many times I said "keep your hands low" or "put your heels down and sit back" they didn't listen. My horse doesn't like have poor riders on his back, and with one of my old boyfriends, he took off at a gallop around the arena with him clinging on for dear life while laughing. I told him a million times on what to do, but if he didn't want to listen, he could learn why I told him. He fell off on multiple occasions and kept getting back on too. I think he was trying to impress me or something.. Next day at school he was walking with his legs all funny. I've got to say I got a good laugh
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