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post #11 of 15 Old 04-20-2015, 11:03 AM
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Great update! So glad it's going well. I am trying hard not to bore my non-horse friends and family with tales of my mid-life horse adventures, so I love coming here for a little interaction with others in similar situations.

So, maybe I missed a post somewhere, but did you decide not to lease the gelding you were looking at?
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Great update! So glad it's going well. I am trying hard not to bore my non-horse friends and family with tales of my mid-life horse adventures, so I love coming here for a little interaction with others in similar situations.

So, maybe I missed a post somewhere, but did you decide not to lease the gelding you were looking at?
Well...he had a recent vet check that discovered an issue. She told me what it was, but for the life of me I can't remember. She said he is currently on some meds and will be tested again in 3-4 weeks to make sure everything is okay. He's 15 and she said he was ridden really hard before she got him, so she wants to make sure she is leasing me a sound horse. She has another option, but he is a just over 17hh OTTB, and though she says he is a sweetie, it makes me a bit nervous because I am wanting to lease something I can feel safe riding on my own outside of lessons.

I feel almost obsessed as I can't stop looking at the sale ads and websites catered to specific breeds. I saw a gorgeous 9 yr old grey Andalusian gelding yesterday that has both hunt seat and trail experience and deemed "amateur safe", which are all my wants. It's SOOO hard to resist the desire to have my own horse.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-20-2015, 07:44 PM
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Sounds like an amazing first lesson! :) Wishing you all the best as you continue your horsemanship journey!
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-20-2015, 08:01 PM
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you've stumbled upon my number 1 reason for coming to this board! After you leave the barn, you never leave w/o some sort of emotion ("That was a great lesson/ride!" being my favorite) and whether it's to vent, ask or simply go "AHH! That was great!!!!" ... you need a place to let it out (as to not drive your non-horsey friends too crazy)

There's nothing like the back to basics lesson.. Sure, some of it you might already know, but you learn everything a lot more thoroughly and inevitably pick up something you missed the first time around. (and sounds like from your non-formal training that might be a couple of things).

Congrats on finding a good home base!

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-22-2015, 04:03 PM
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I feel almost obsessed as I can't stop looking at the sale ads and websites catered to specific breeds. I saw a gorgeous 9 yr old grey Andalusian gelding yesterday that has both hunt seat and trail experience and deemed "amateur safe", which are all my wants. It's SOOO hard to resist the desire to have my own horse.
Believe me, I get it... that's why I ended up buying when common sense and advice say otherwise. We seem to have chosen well and there's nothing like finally learning how to become a team with ONE particular horse. I have been on sooo many horses over the last couple of years - and it seems every single one rides so uniquely. I could never get past feeling like a novice (which I of course am), because the rules changed with every mount. Now, I know an experienced rider could have ridden every one of them successfully... but I wasn't able to build confidence because there was little consistency. We did take an intensive "boot camp" of lessons together with a trainer right after I got her, and that put me miles ahead of where I had been...

That said, I'm way too early in this process to say for sure that buying was the best decision... but so far, no regrets. You know, I'm 50... whether right or wrong, it just seemed like I was out of time for 'false starts'.
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