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post #1 of 16 Old 04-08-2015, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Looking to get back in the Saddle

Hello All!
So glad to have found this forum! I rode religiously in my younger years as a teen, but have had had very little formal training. The place I rode at was owned by a "grandpa" type friend of a friend who owned many horses of different levels, but didn't ride anymore, so opened his ranch up to friends to ride whenever they wanted. I spent my summers and weekend there mostly just pleasure and western riding. Towards high school graduation I worked with a trainer a few times, but she was not reliable or consistent about showing up. I did however move up to riding one of the horses that only a select few were allowed to ride. He was a big boy who could get outta hand with the wrong person. My confidence got the better of me one day and I took him out bareback... I still have the scars to prove it.

Anyhow in 2010, I linked up with a boarding stable and made an newbie purchase buying a 4 yr old "green" horse for a "green" rider. It was a short lived disaster and I was lucky enough to have the owner take him back. I did train for a short time with the stable owner who basically only kept American Saddlebreds and did a lot of shows. She said I did very well, but she too, was inconsistent and would cancel our sessions without notice.

So anyways, here I am now at 39, wanting to get back to my passion of horses. I've looked into a couple boarding stables and asked around about trainers and am trying to pin down a breed of horse that I really like no younger than 10 yrs of age and suitable for a beginner. I am in no rush. I've read through the sticky "Thinking of getting your own horse" and think that leasing a horse might be ideal, however I don't know how easy that would be to find in my area. I am leaning toward a gaited horse. One of my favorites to ride as a teen was a Tennessee Walker. I am also looking to get into English Pleasure, Hunter/Jumper, etc.

Any tips/advice would be great for anything I might need to take note of, down to equipment, saddles, supplies, breeds, what to look for, etc. I'm hoping to visit a couple stables this week and meet with their trainers. I'm hoping to find a knowledgable person to help me find a good match as well. Thanks for any info!
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-08-2015, 10:28 AM
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Lessons, lease, then buy. :)

Many stables offer the option to lease lesson horses, so by taking lessons first, you will be able to see what horse would be a good fit.
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-08-2015, 10:43 AM
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I agree to take more lessons. Find a barn that's in good shape and actually watch a lesson.

Then lease.
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-08-2015, 10:50 AM
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Lessons, lease, buy is ALWAYS the best option.
Even if you don't buy the horse you lease it will teach you a lot. (:

Good luck!
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-08-2015, 12:49 PM
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And don't get hung up on the age of the horse. Ten is an acceptable starting age, but don't discount a solid, healthy fifteen or sixteen-year-old, either, or older. Horses can have healthy, active working lives well into their twenties. I once knew a horse that retired from the Texas Rangers at age 22. She was riding out for miles and miles several times a week, and after retirement, was the horse that we all knew could take a trail ride the way we rode in her sleep. Generally speaking, horses 10-15 or 16 have had time to get the butterflies out, learn how the world works, and if they've been handled correctly, are well broke and sensible. My nine-year-old is pretty darn sensible, but I wouldn't put a green rider on her and send her into the world unsupervised...she doesn't do anything dangerous, but she will take advantage. You want calm, sensible, kind, and forgiving. And you want one that has already seen some of the best and worst of life and one that, forgive me, is a little lazy. Not a lot. Just a hair. Just enough that if you accidently jab at him or get over enthusiastic with your cues he doesn't spin or dash away.
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While the TW and other smooth gaited breeds are capable of most anything they are not the best choice for performance type riding “jumping, cutting, reining, dressage, etc” because of their lateral gait. If you plan on competing you will find a trotting breed to be better suited for these type of activities.

Other than that I would not focus too much on breeds or looks, but look for a well trained, very experienced horse that you can enjoy riding.

Best of luck
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Great info everyone. Thanks! I found a stable not too far from me that offers lessons and I'm going to check them out this weekend. I think I will focus on becoming a better rider and learning everything I wasn't taught in my young spirited days! I know I have a lot to learn!
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Have fun! I just purchased my first horse last month (I'm 50-ish) and am having the time of my life - I'm really green and though I rode as a kid, it was far less consistent than you.

My girl is a 14 year old Missouri Fox Trotter. I didn't go looking for a gaited horse and thought I'd end up with a QH - but her temperament and miles of trail experience won us over. She's already taught me so much (along with the trainer she and I both worked with for a couple of weeks), not the least of which is how to be more assertive and confident.
.....That gait is amazing! She was the first gaited horse I'd ever ridden, and she moves out smoothly even for this novice. Still SOOO much to learn....

- did I mention I'm having a blast?

Have fun!
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Have fun! I just purchased my first horse last month (I'm 50-ish) and am having the time of my life - I'm really green and though I rode as a kid, it was far less consistent than you.

My girl is a 14 year old Missouri Fox Trotter. I didn't go looking for a gaited horse and thought I'd end up with a QH - but her temperament and miles of trail experience won us over. She's already taught me so much (along with the trainer she and I both worked with for a couple of weeks), not the least of which is how to be more assertive and confident.
.....That gait is amazing! She was the first gaited horse I'd ever ridden, and she moves out smoothly even for this novice. Still SOOO much to learn....

- did I mention I'm having a blast?

Have fun!
The horse I rode as a kid was very easy going and the gait was sooo smooth. I can still hear Mr. Rusty saying, "Just like a cadillac, eh gal?"
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-09-2015, 11:07 AM
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The horse I rode as a kid was very easy going and the gait was sooo smooth. I can still hear Mr. Rusty saying, "Just like a cadillac, eh gal?"
This whole horse adventure makes me feel 10 years younger - almost like being a 39-year-old 'kid' again LOL....
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