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post #11 of 14 Old 06-05-2015, 02:40 PM
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Due to your unsure-ness and general anxiety about not knowing what you like and fea of commitment, i would suggest leasing a horse first. Leasing a horse is a great option for those looking to gain confidence in their riding capabilities, develop a bond with the horse, learn general care of a horse, and get into a routine. You could even start riding at a barn with multiple horses available for lease so you could try different breeds, disciplines, etc in order to find out what you like and don't like in a horse. Plus, leasing a horse is a finite agreement so if you think you like the horse at first, then end up wanting to try something else, there is no long-term commitment like purchasing a horse would have. Good luck to you!

Oops- didnt read the post where you explained you already have leased horses before... either way, leasing is a safe option if you are not ready to take the "plunge" of purchasing yet :)
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-05-2015, 03:32 PM
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Don't be worried about it! You'll have someone with you so you won't be going into it alone and untimately this is to find a horse you can be comfortable with! When I was looking, I had gone to see one I was very excited about. He ended up trying to buck me off when we started cantering and I had to do an emergency dismount. The owner got on him after me and he was fine. Whether it was something I did or we just didn't click, who knows! I just know it was something I obviously wasn't comfortable with, and that was okay! Besides, you're more than likely never going to see these people again so who cares what they think of your riding ability after watching you for 10 min?! ;) Good luck with it!!
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-05-2015, 04:29 PM
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One of the tests I do when someone is trying out the horse is to ask him/her to ride it off property, return and do it three times. If the horse has a big issue with this, it's time to look at others. One mare that worked out very well, went willingly the first time, a little hesitant the second and showed some resistance the third time with a little backing, swinging her hind end a little then moved out willingly. Many horses object rather vehemently the third time.

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post #14 of 14 Old 06-05-2015, 05:03 PM
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A few people have mentioned this in different ways, but bringing someone experienced with you to look at the horse could help, they're a bit more objective than you and can provide some perspective if you fall in love too quickly ;)
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