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post #11 of 13 Old 02-08-2015, 01:07 AM
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One zillion upvotes for wearing a helmet. Always, often. Make it your rule to put your helmet on when you walk in the barn. I put mine on before retrieving the horse from the pasture, and even if he's in his stall, it's on my head before I start tacking up.

Make it such a habit that anything else feels strange. Your higher cognitive functions thank you for it!
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-08-2015, 02:01 AM
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hope you can find time and money to get in with a good instructor. you will find it so beneficial to have someone to whom to ask immediate questions, and get immediate feedback. horse riding is a lifetime growth journey. the further you go, the more you become aware of how far you need to go.
sounds depressing, but since progression along the road is so enjoyable, you don't want the trip to end!
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-08-2015, 10:18 AM
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For three horses to be worked with and to keep them sound and good citizens, it sounds as though you will need some additional help and dedication from your family or others, especially since you are working full time. I've had horses all my life and worked full time and sometimes I footed the bill to have them boarded for more quality time and training time. In other words, time not tending to chores. I think that new, working horse owners might consider boarding for a while since it can also a great teaching experience, imo. At my boarding stables there were other trainers, sometimes former instructors and jockeys, and very experienced riders and staff on-site who really, really gave me good advice over the years. Also, I would recommend the Clinton Anderson videos too, to give you a real good foundation. Start at the bottom up - literally, get know-how on the ground first and be safe! Make it fun - get some assistance and enjoy your horses!
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