Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: West Midlands, UK
• Horses: 0
It sounds like you haven't much experience with horses and I can see why the other people at the stables may seem a bit mean but to be honest you will have to learn a lot fast if you're going to keep your horse happy and healthy.
Ask your firend who you bought the horse from for some info to start with..
What grain or supplements was she feeding.. diet needs to be changed gradually over a few weeks.
In UK Bridles are sold by size (pony, cob and full),, there's 3 main types, double bridle (for higher level dressage), standard or bitless. Most people use a standard bridle be they also come with a range of styles, particularly nosebands. Again check what previous owner used.
Bits.. there are hundreds of types, check with previous owner and see how you go with their set up.
You ask how long it takes to train for dressage or showjumping... depends on the horse and the rider's ability.. you are not ready to train your horse for these yet, you would greatly benefit from getting a trainer/instructor to give you lessons on riding and they will also give you advice on how to look after your horse.
Please keep asking questions, you sound as if you've got very little experience and so much to learn if you and your horse are going to safe, happy and healthy. (Horses are expensive.. stable/grazing fees, vet, shoes?, equipement, your riding clothes, hay, grain feeds and vitamins if needed, help with improving your riding and training your horse etc.)