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post #1 of 6 Old 12-08-2014, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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I used to ride a few years ago and then i had to stop because it got to expensive for my parents, but now that I'm getting older and I'm moving to a place that is more horse friendly so i really want to get back into something i love so much. So i just want to know any friendly advice or tips about starting back up, what i should by, and how long i should have lessons before i consider looking to buy a horse. Encouraging advice is welcomed.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-08-2014, 09:06 AM
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I guess the best thing to do would be to scope out the different barns and trainers in your area and what they charge per lesson. I would sit down with your parents and discuss a budget and work from there, and maybe y'all go visit some of the barns to get a feel for the type of places and pricing available.

A good thing to invest in, if you haven't already, would be a great pair of boots.

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-08-2014, 09:17 AM
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I would find a barn you like and take lessons. Then you can be sure you are still good with riding and handling before you buy a horse. Then during that time you can set a budget and figure out which type of horse you want.
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Since you would like to eventually get a horse of your own, I would suggest finding an instructor who doesn't just teach you to ride, but will emphasize Horsemanship. Look at your lessons as preparations for owning a horse and being able to deal with all of the little things that happen from behavior problems, to health issues, to the financial responsibilities; being able to ride a horse is only one part of horse ownership.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-08-2014, 12:54 PM
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as far as what to buy....i would recommend you decide what kind of riding you want to do, then get the appropriate boots.

How to get back into it, well depends on what you want to do. I would find someone close who can take you on as an apprentice, teach you horsemanship and not just riding. You may have to pay for lessons, but may be able to trade grooming and cleaning for behind the scenes Ground work, tacking, trailer loading and doctoring. Doing the chores may free the trainer up for more teaching time.

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-08-2014, 01:08 PM
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The first thing you'll want to do is take some lessons. Finding the right barn can be difficult so it would probably be good to take a few lessons at a couple different barns. Everybody learns at different paces and it all depends on how often you ride and how much experience you have around horses in general, but you'll most likely want to hold off on buying a horse for a couple years. Once you're comfortable in the saddle and you know how to fully and properly take care of a horse you could maybe consider a lease. Leasing is like owning, but with slightly less of a commitment. The best way to learn about horses and everything in the equine world is through trial and error, books, experiences, and people who are involved with horses. Maybe you could even volunteer/work somewhere with horses such as a horse rescue or a stable once you get some experience. Feel free to ask me anything and maybe I'll have an answer :)
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