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post #1 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation NEW to ALL of this!! Advice NEEDED!

I want to start horse riding as a hobby, so my father insisted for me to join a forum so i would learn more about horses and the ins and outs before I start practical lessons. So I'd like to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of horse riding ? and any additional information that is very important to know about horses?
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 07:02 AM
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Welcome!

There only 2 disadvantages I can think of. It can get to be a rather expensive hobby (doesn't have to be, just depends on how "into it" you get) and it's risky. Anything that you rely on that is alive can be unpredictable, no matter how much training you've had. Even the best trained horse can have a bad day.

That said, I absolutely think the risks/disadvantages are worth it. I love riding and wouldn't give it up unless I physically was unable to ride anymore.

I would recommend taking lessons and if possible working/helping out at the barn. I learned a ton when I was younger by helping clean/take care of the horses.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 08:49 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

We have riders here of all shapes, sizes and skillz. So I think you will find it a very informative and fun place to learn all sorts of things horsey related. You may even become addicted (in a good way of course)!

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post #4 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 09:09 AM
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Welcome!

There only 2 disadvantages I can think of. It can get to be a rather expensive hobby (doesn't have to be, just depends on how "into it" you get) and it's risky. Anything that you rely on that is alive can be unpredictable, no matter how much training you've had. Even the best trained horse can have a bad day.

That said, I absolutely think the risks/disadvantages are worth it. I love riding and wouldn't give it up unless I physically was unable to ride anymore.

I would recommend taking lessons and if possible working/helping out at the barn. I learned a ton when I was younger by helping clean/take care of the horses.
^^^ JulieG sums it up! Riding is one of the most amazing experiences anyone can have! But like said before, see if you can volunteer somewhere and learn hands on! We will be here to answer any questions you have along the way!
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 01:54 PM
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Being relatively new to horses myself, let me say this: everyone has their own opinion, methods, and advice. ...DON'T GET OVERWHELMED! Listen to what everyone has to say and observe as many methods as possible. The more you can learn the better equipped you'll be to decide what works best for you and your horse(s) because they each have their own personalities just like people. And finally, don't get discouraged. Yes, there is a lot to learn but then again there's nothing like the feeling of riding one of these beautiful intelligent creatures!
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 02:18 PM
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Yup. Everyone else has said it all. Listen to your instructor; if you ask advice on here, take it humbly. Working with horses is definitely the MOST gratifying experience anyone could ever ask for. Some people go through this phase, but for most of it it is a life-long adventure.

You are ALWAYS learning- I love that. I enjoy learning new things. I've been riding for about 10 years now and just recently started my ownership adventure. I tell you, you can ride and own for 40 years, you WILL learn something new all the time.

Have fun and stay safe!
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my god guys, thank you SO much I cannot wait to start lessons now D
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 09:06 PM
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Igt is fun fun fun. Expensive. Hurts when you hit the ground. Sometimes you need to see a doctor. But there is nothing else in the world that can compare to the feeling of riding and caring for a horse.
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 09:13 PM
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Just a little info for your father, how old are you? If you are a young girl you should let your father know that girls who ride horses tend to get in less "trouble", as they are focused on their horses! It may not be true in all cases but it certainly was for me when I was young!
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 12:15 AM
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Tell your dad that horses are cheaper than a therapist, bail or hiring a lawyer. You will be so busy at the barn and on weekends at horse shows that you won't have any time to get into the usual teenage mischief.

There are too many advantages to cover. Over all you will just be a happier, fitter more compassionate person. Horses require us to be true partners, to listen and talk, in order to get their best just like people do. Barns are very social, Horse people are very social, but also have a strong sense of morality, fairness and ethics. Not a bad place for a young lady to be.

On the negative side horses are Hard Work. They rely entirely on YOU for all their care, it is up to you, once you take on that responsibility, to ensure that they are healthy, happy and comfortable. This often means putting their needs before your wants. It means self sacrafice, commitment and self discipline. A horse is not like a Toyota that you can park in the garage and forget. It is a living breathing creature that will be alive and need care every single day for about 30 years.

Are you prepared to take on that respondsibility?
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