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post #1 of 10 Old 11-19-2014, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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First ride

I have never ridden a horse. I like to learn but not sure how to start and what the cost might be. Any suggestions? I'm in the Washington DC area.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-19-2014, 07:39 PM
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Are there any riding stables in your area? This would be a place to go and "rent" a horse for a half hour or an hour. A guide would lead several people on horseback on well broke, calm and quiet trail horses. This would be a good way to try it out without much risk. Cost varies from stable to stable. I imagine most have websites with prices posted.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-19-2014, 07:41 PM
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Sorry hun, i dont have any real advice, apart from finding a local riding stable, but I had a giggle to myself when I saw your 'name' as it made me think of this French and Saunders sketch where they are riding horses, one of which is called Peter Pan. Makes me laugh every time!
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-19-2014, 07:43 PM
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I'm from the same area and theres actually lots of great places to take lessons. I'd highly recommend taking lessons from a good friend of mine in MD!, her name is Ali, shes great with beginners and has great horses to work with. I believe its $50/hr for private lesson. She teaches you about all aspects of horses though, not just the riding!
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-19-2014, 10:11 PM
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^hehe aussiemum, have seen that a number of times but always get a giggle... & Dawn French also happens to remind me of a friend with a horse called Peter Pan too!
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-20-2014, 11:10 AM
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I would personally take lessons. You could go on a guided trail ride as well, but they would be teaching you anything, you'll just be along for the ride. If you take lessons you can start to learn the basics of riding and if you like it than you continue on, if not then you don't (that's crazy talk though, I've never met anyone that doesn't like to ride once they've learned.)
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-20-2014, 11:13 AM
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There are decent lesson barns within an hour or so of your area. Average lessons are 75-100 at a decent place . It would be an hour of riding and private lesson, as the group ones are less ( around $50-$60) but for people that have some riding ability.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-28-2014, 05:27 PM
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Hey! Before I start I just want to say that I really hope you do this. The equine world is an awesome place to be. haha

Lessons usually cost anywhere from $30-$100. It depends on the amount of time, how many people are in the lesson, and what you do in the lesson.
Most lessons either last 30 minutes, 1 hour, or an hour and a half.
Also, lessons are either going to be a group lesson, semi-private lesson, or private lesson.
Group lessons is a lesson that probably has over 3 people in the ring at the same time. A semi-private lesson would probably be around 2 people or less in the ring at a time. A private lesson is only you in the ring.
Private lessons are the absolute best types of lessons for beginners. Private lessons give the instructor the chance to just focus on you. They don't have to instruct the other people in the lesson as well. Private lessons cost more but are worth it when you are a beginner. I would try to do private lessons for a while and then move up as you need less and less instruction on what to do. Lessons are fun things to do that teach you a lot.

I hope you enjoy!
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-30-2014, 10:23 AM
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I'm a little south of the DC area. In this area western lessons run $35-50 and english $40-55. I do not know of any guided trails anywhere near us, but those are always fun. Id recommend a basic lesson first. Its awfully embarrassing to not be able to stop your horse from wandering off and grazing.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-30-2014, 11:26 AM
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Could you find a good riding school with a weekly class you could attend? Then you get involved in the whole barn circle. I started that way a hundred years ago, made friends(both with two and 4 legs), learned a lot and went on to lease horses and compete.

What sport would you want to do? English or Western? :)
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