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post #1 of 12 Old 09-29-2019, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Completely new to horses, where do I begin?

Hey! Like the title says, I'm completely new to horses and anything related to horses, so I was wondering where to begin.
Are there any books about horses that you would recommend? Any threads or articles that go over some basic stuff? Or do you think there's something specific I should research myself?
I'm honestly quite lost, but I've been interested in horses ever since I was a little kid, so I thought it was about time I actually started learning a bit more about horses and riding.

Thank you!
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-29-2019, 07:26 PM
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Books, online threads, and articles are all great tools for learning, but absolutely nothing beats going out to a stable and handling horses under the supervision and guidance of a trainer. All of the readable resources are meant to supplement what you learn in person. See if you can find local stables that offer riding lessons.

Good luck on your search! The forum is a fantastic resource to guide you through your horse adventures. Please feel free to ask questions. Welcome to the forum!
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-29-2019, 07:42 PM
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^^^^^THIS Tenfold. There is no stand alone learning when it comes to live animals. You'll find that going in with preconceived notions about how things are supposed to happen doesn't do you any favors nor does it endear you to anyone trying to help you learn hands on. It isn't a bad idea to read and browse for background info but it won't take the place of having a horse to learn with.
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Absolutely nothing beats going out there and getting a few lessons, or even just a trail ride. But here are some beginner-level books that I've liked:

The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Basics for Beginners / D Level

For Horse-Crazy Girls Only: Everything You Want to Know About Horses

How to Think Like A Horse: The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do. Author Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids: Grooming, Feeding, Behavior, Stable & Pasture, Health Care, Handling & Safety, Enjoying

Horses For Dummies

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post #5 of 12 Old 09-29-2019, 08:51 PM
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Join a local horse riding club. The one in our area has a mentorship for new horse owners. At our awards banquet last year, a lady stood up and gave a speech how she was getting ready to sell her horses and her children were frustrated because they couldn't get their horses to listen to them. Someone suggested she join the mentorship program and she did, now they compete in shows take clinics and are very happy with their horses. Hands-On help is second to none!

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You can also join 4-H and do the horse project. It does not require that you own a horse, and it provides a wealth of information. But like everyone said, being around horses is the best experience. You might be able to find a stable that has volunteers which would get you around them and able to learn!
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-30-2019, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Books, online threads, and articles are all great tools for learning, but absolutely nothing beats going out to a stable and handling horses under the supervision and guidance of a trainer. All of the readable resources are meant to supplement what you learn in person. See if you can find local stables that offer riding lessons.

Good luck on your search! The forum is a fantastic resource to guide you through your horse adventures. Please feel free to ask questions. Welcome to the forum!
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^^^^^THIS Tenfold. There is no stand alone learning when it comes to live animals. You'll find that going in with preconceived notions about how things are supposed to happen doesn't do you any favors nor does it endear you to anyone trying to help you learn hands on. It isn't a bad idea to read and browse for background info but it won't take the place of having a horse to learn with.
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Absolutely nothing beats going out there and getting a few lessons, or even just a trail ride. But here are some beginner-level books that I've liked:

The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Basics for Beginners / D Level

For Horse-Crazy Girls Only: Everything You Want to Know About Horses

How to Think Like A Horse: The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do. Author Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids: Grooming, Feeding, Behavior, Stable & Pasture, Health Care, Handling & Safety, Enjoying

Horses For Dummies
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Join a local horse riding club. The one in our area has a mentorship for new horse owners. At our awards banquet last year, a lady stood up and gave a speech how she was getting ready to sell her horses and her children were frustrated because they couldn't get their horses to listen to them. Someone suggested she join the mentorship program and she did, now they compete in shows take clinics and are very happy with their horses. Hands-On help is second to none!
Yeah, I'm planning on helping out at our neighbour's stable and hopefully eventually getting some lessons, from either them or our local stable! Most of all I just want to be around horses and to care for and get to know them, so I think that'll help.
Thank you very much for you guys' answers!

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You can also join 4-H and do the horse project. It does not require that you own a horse, and it provides a wealth of information. But like everyone said, being around horses is the best experience. You might be able to find a stable that has volunteers which would get you around them and able to learn!
I had no idea about 4-H, but turns out we have the organisation(s) in Sweden as well! The closest courtyard is about an hour away though, so I'll probably stick with the local stables for now~. It's still an option though, so thank you!

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-21-2019, 06:35 PM
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Another thought, if you have any local rescue or therapy stables that accept volunteers... makes for great, free, hands-on learning about the down and dirty of keeping horses. You’ll be doing mostly the grunt work, but it definitely will give you a more clear picture of what owning and caring for horses requires.



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post #9 of 12 Old 10-22-2019, 12:33 AM
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You can start this journey from a lot of different positions, but just keep in mind, it IS a journey. It is ongoing, without a real 'end', and there is not 'right' way to get there. Every time you think you know a lot, you realize how much more there is to learn. That is why it is endlessly fascinating and satisfying.


I am sure, with your great attitude, you will learn a lot quickly. Just don't think of the 'end' . . . think of the journey.
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-05-2019, 01:33 AM
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I personally recommend going and calling and talking to a physical person on your horse and have them with you every step of the way just to guide you, also talk to vets and farrier s near you to see costs and such and find a space a place to grow/buy food and get a easier breed like an American quarter.
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