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.
I started riding in august and I progressed really quickly because I read a lot of theory about riding (I went to the local library and there I checked out a lot of books on how to ride, how to take care of horses, body language of horses, how to react to problem behaviour). I also watch videos on Youtube from Warwick Schiller, Clinton Anderson, CRK training, DUHorseman... I also watched a lot of videos of people galopping and I played them in slow motion to look at the hip movement. Every time I am going to try something new I read as much as I can about it! This has helped me to make quick progress in my riding.
What also really helped was that I ride a non-beginners privately owned and very well trained horse (I mean it reacts to cues very correctly and fast and not that it is trained as a top competition horse because I could not ride a horse like that). I learned alot from this horse and the handler. I also try to observe horses and how they interact. If you are in the possibility to take lessons from a friend or acquaintance that has his/her own horse: do it!
And another tip: try to ride as much as you can! Several times a week and in the weekends. And on different horses, in different horse schools, on trailrides...
& this forum! It's very amazing with a lot of helpfull experienced riders. :)