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post #11 of 16 Old 04-09-2015, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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This whole horse adventure makes me feel 10 years younger - almost like being a 39-year-old 'kid' again LOL....
Did you have any apprehension about getting started again? It makes me feel better that there are many my age and older getting started. As a teen I used to fall off all the time, laugh it off, and hop back on. I've never had serious injury, just a few scars. Now I think, "Jeez, could I take one of those falls now?"

I'm super excited to get back in it though.

Another question for the forum though... Did anyone start buying tack before they got their first horse? I'll be doing lessons for awhile, but would it be a good idea to start getting my own tack - bridle, saddle, etc. to bring with me to the stables, or would it be better to wait until I at least have a leased horse?
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I think it would be great to start getting your own tack before you get a horse, but you have to make sure your tack is going to fit your prospect horse when you finally find one that you're interested in! When I started looking to buy a horse I started buying all of the necessities - halter, lead, first aid (horse/human) I already had my own tack from showing horses years prior, and luckily my tack has fit the two horses I've owned since.
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Did you have any apprehension about getting started again? It makes me feel better that there are many my age and older getting started. As a teen I used to fall off all the time, laugh it off, and hop back on. I've never had serious injury, just a few scars. Now I think, "Jeez, could I take one of those falls now?"
Absolutely.
That's my biggest battle and I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel apprehensive. In fact, that's part of what I want to gain from this - learning to overcome it. Honestly, it's more 'getting started' than 'getting back' - I always wanted to ride as a kid/teen but rarely had the chance (and when I did it was just hacking around). I wish I had some of that muscle memory developed from my youth, but this is all totally new for me. It was now or never.

BTW, I decided to buy not lease for two reasons... 1) I tried for a good part of last year to find a suitable lease horse in my area, to no avail. And 2) I'm fortunate enough to have an experienced friend/mentor who has horses on her property - it's a symbiotic thing, as she doesn't like riding alone and it is the perfect hands-on way for me to learn. Leasing sounds like a great plan, though.
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***Just posting an update!***
Visited a stable today. They had a Fun Horse Event going on and I got to hang around and meet everyone and the horses. The Owner was super nice and very personable, as well as most of the people there. We discussed my wants and needs and I have my first lesson next Saturday! Besides herself, she has 3 other trainers that specialize in English, Western, and Dressage.

The other good news is that she has a gorgeous, 14 yr old paint gelding that she said she would be happy to lease to me. She's done many shows with him and he was without a doubt, the sweetest guy in the barn. Very calm and affectionate and loved being rubbed and snuggled with. She said she would love to have someone that could ride him regularly. She's going to place me on one of her kid-friendly horses next weekend, just to assess my riding skills first before putting me on Lucas (the paint). If I like him, then I can lease him and continue my training with him. I'm SOOO excited!
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That sounds PERFECT!!!
Keep us posted :)
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Don't want to start a new thread since this is just ongoing of this one, but I have more questions.

I just called and spoke with the owner regarding the lease of her horse and training. We really seem to get on well and she offered me a half lease with lessons included for $300/month or full lease with training for $600/month.

I told her the half lease would be a much more affordable option and asked what that would entail as far as riding frequency. She said she had another rider she was talking to about leasing the same horse, but that person doesn't seem to really be into the idea. However, she would not restrict my time and I could ride as much as I wanted as long as I made sure one of her handlers were at the stable and could keep an eye on me if she wasn't there. They live on the property and are there 90% of the time caring for the horses. I guess the only downside would be if someone else decided to assume the other half of the lease and we had conflicting riding schedules?

I just want to know if there's anything else I should ask regarding the lease and use of the horse?
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