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post #11 of 17 Old 03-16-2015, 05:19 PM
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Welcome!

I started riding 12 years ago. I found a local barn that gave lessons and I started with that 2x's a week. That particular barn also had a great leasing program. For a monthly fee you could ride any of their horses up to 5 times a week. So after a few months of lessons I started with the leasing. I continued the lessons during this. Then I started volunteering at a therapeutic riding stable. This taught me TONS about groundwork and overall horse handling. Three years after I "started" that therapeutic riding center had a horse that wasn't working out in their program and they ended up giving me the horse. She was very much the "been there, done that" type horse. She did WONDERS for my confidence and has taught me so much. She's 27 now and I don't ride her anymore but she continues to teach me something everyday. 2 years ago I bought a more intermediate horse...and I'm very thankful that I had a solid beginner safe horse to start out on.

I'm constantly learning, and I never really feel like I'm out of the beginner stage. Don't rush anything. Be a sponge. Absorb everything you can. You can't get better than "hands on" experience. Oh...and expect it to make a dent in your bank account :)
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-16-2015, 05:21 PM
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Great to have you here. I agree with what has been said. I started young, have had horses for 40 years plus and only ride trails. I have broken but I am far from a trainer. I have gotten a few people on a horse for the first few times but would never(NEVER) think that i can instruct. Alway ask to watch a few lessions and then watch more. Finding a good first instructor is hard but worth it. I have relatives that started young with instructors and ride much better then I do. Take time to find the instructor that is right for you.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-16-2015, 05:21 PM
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Oh and I forgot one thing...in the horse world everyone has a different opinion...and their opinion is always right! It can be very confusing and overwhelming trying to figure out who to "follow" as a beginner.
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-16-2015, 06:43 PM
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Oh and I forgot one thing...in the horse world everyone has a different opinion...and their opinion is always right! It can be very confusing and overwhelming trying to figure out who to "follow" as a beginner.
Sadly this is true. Always keep an open mind and try to avoid the drama of politics as much as you can! My thought is that the most "opinionated" people are just plain ignorant.

I second shopping around for a friendly, fun barn with a good instructor or two or three. My barn has two instructors, so if I don't mesh with one I can use another without leaving!

Also try to find something that caters to YOUR idea of fun. A show barn will not be as enjoyable to a new, beginner rider for example because you probably will be levels below the resident riders for a while. Maybe look for something that does fun open shows in the spring and summer, has a nice lesson program with different riders of different ages, and goes OUTSIDE once in a while! My old show barn NEVER did trail rides, I felt so bad for the horses being cooped up all the time! The barn I am at now does trail rides weekly from March-October usually, and also organizes weekend mountain trips.
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-17-2015, 04:51 PM
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Welcome to the horse world!

The best piece of info I can give you is to listen to your instinct. Like jenkat said, it can be daunting for a beginner to find a mentor who's genuinely knowledgeable and trustworthy. There are a lot of idiots out there who pass themselves off as "experts" and are happy to just take your money and tell you you're doing a great job. If something doesn't seem right to you, don't do it.

A really good instructor will be a no-BS kind of person with lots of experience and successful students. She'll tell you exactly what you're doing right and wrong. Horse people like to talk, so if you start riding/working at a barn, you'll quickly learn everyone's opinion about everyone else.

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post #16 of 17 Old 03-17-2015, 05:43 PM
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I think the OP is saying she /he wants to hear from relative beginners , to hear about their experiences. is that true?
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-18-2015, 01:38 PM
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Welcome. You'll find all you're looking for here and at a barn where they teach lessons. I recommend you spend a lot of time in both places. :)
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