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post #1 of 13 Old 02-02-2015, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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New to horses and riding

Over the past year we have purchased three horses. It has been both joyful and at times very frustrating. I did not grow up nor have I ever been around horses on a regular basis. Therefore learning how to care, ride, and train have been a little overwhelming. I love being around them and caring for them, just want to ensure I do it the right way so that we can grow old together.

I work full time and it is hard to find time to ride them like they should be ridden. I'm not even sure what is truly required.

Being new to riding, I'm not 100% sure I'm sitting correctly, using my legs properly or reigning correctly.

Can anyone recommend any books, video, and/or training programs that I should look into?
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-02-2015, 03:50 PM
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Since you really do not have a lot of experience with horses I highly suggest you find a trainer to help you along.

Books and videos are great but you really need eyes on the ground to watch, tell you when your doing it right and how to correct what is wrong.

That said I like Clinton Anderson he is a good teacher. CA breaks things down and makes them easy to understand and do. He also emphasizes safety for you and your horse. You can order some of his books on Amazon, and rent videos from giddyupflix.

As far as finding the time I think a lot of folks struggle with that and you do the best you can. If the horses are reasonably broke you can probably get away with less riding then young green horses. As long as they have the ability to be out, have access to forage and clean water I am sure they are happy.
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Yes, we all struggle to be with our own horses, least I do too, and I work with horses on a daily basis, but someone else's, not my own. :)

When you go out to feed, take a few extra moments to say good morning or good evening to them, take this as an opportunity to go over them, make sure there are no marks, cuts, or bites that may need or should have your attention. Run your hands over them, talk to them, they appreciate that as much as riding them.

Take feeding time, if you do feed grain and/or supplements as a chance to practice training. If you give them grain, have them back up and wait while you put it in their feeder, move them to one side of you with your body posture. If you give treats, the horse should take it gently from you, if you feed they should walk a respectable distance from you. Pick up their hooves, clean them, brush them off, all these things are calming to both rider and horse.

If I may ask, why did you get 3 horses if you have no knowledge of what to do? I do also encourage you to get someone to give you riding lessons on the horses, or the one you ride. See if they will come out to your house. Do you have round pen or a place to work with your horse?
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-04-2015, 08:52 AM
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Hi Agarrett!

Start here:
Joe Camp; The Soul of a Horse.
Available on Kindle if nothing else, and highly worthwhile. Fun easy read, too.

ByeBye! Steve

Steve Jernigan KG0MB
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University of Colorado
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-04-2015, 09:17 AM
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I would highly suggest a trainer, if you can swing it! It would be really beneficial to have some come to you and show you not only proper riding, but care and maintenance. I know it's a lot to take in, use this forum for specific questions that you have--- there's a ton of very knowledgeable people willing to help out!

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-04-2015, 05:39 PM
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I like Sean Patrick or CA for ground work, but no book or video is going to be able to give you lessons on riding. You should have a trainer on the ground helping you with that.
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-05-2015, 09:40 AM
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You might learn quicker by taking lessons from someone experienced that has finished horse you can learn on. They will be able to critique you while you build confidence and gain experience on a horse that is suitable for your ability.
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-05-2015, 10:22 AM
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A fantastic book for riding is Centered Riding by Sally Swift. Also any of Wendy Murdoch's books (she was a student of Sally Swift). They have helped me tremendously.

But there is nothing that beats a 2nd pair of trained eyes on the ground because believe me (gained from experience), you will do things you do not realize you are doing and will be convinced you are NOT doing. A 2nd pair of eyes can see what you cannot see or feel. The only way to correct this is for that 2nd person to point it out. SOOOO, that's were a trainer comes in.

So while books & video can help alot, the best is having a trainer watch you and adjust your position.

Good luck & let us know how it goes!
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-05-2015, 10:42 AM
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Definitely look into getting a riding instructor or trainer! People find out all too quickly that riding is more than just "letting the horse do all the work". Be not knowing what you're doing while in the saddle or on the ground, you may be putting yourself or your horse in potentially dangerous scenarios. Even top riders have trainers, someone who can watch them from the ground and point things out, make corrections, and encourage!

The one book that I have found most helpful in my riding and instruction, is Centered Riding by Sally Swift (good suggestion kewpalace!!). It gives you great visuals and techniques that are not hard to recall when in the ring and suggestions on how to become more balanced and effective.

OH. And my biggest suggestion (and plea to all riders) - please oh please wear a certified riding helmet when you ride if you aren't already. Your brain is more than worth an $80 helmet investment. And yes, they make us look silly. While I was in college, I had a bad riding fall and I have a substantially crooked neck because of it. Had I not been wearing a helmet, I would not be typing this. Looking silly is a far better option than suffering a more serious injury.
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