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post #1 of 2 Old 01-03-2015, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie questions about lessons

Hello all,

I am hoping to find lessons on general horsemanship and riding in my area and possibly eventually (if lessons go well) buy or lease and board a horse. Any advice you can give will be very helpful!

Here is my situation: I had horses as a teenager but my mom was so worried about me being hurt that she only let me ride once. I did take care of them and so have a general idea of how to act around horses and basic horse care but I have no riding experience to speak of. Now that I'm older and financially stable, I feel like learning how to ride is a goal I can re-visit.

I'd love to eventually lease or own and board a horse, but I wouldn't think too deeply about that unless lessons went well. I have never stopped thinking about having horses and have been watching training videos and reading care guides etc... for years. But I know this is not a substitute for actually being around horses so am super excited to be around horses again.

Anyway, here are the concerns I'm mulling over:

* I have an eight year old daughter who has expressed interest in having riding lessons as well. Should we have lessons together or separately? Our learning goals would be fairly different. She may want to be in 4H and shows (have no idea what kind of riding she may prefer- Western or English) whereas I hope to learn more about horse care and hope to trail ride.

* Do most riding instructors include basic equine care in their beginner lessons or would this be something I should specifically request be included in lessons?

* Would it be best to get lessons at a big barn where I might eventually be able to lease/board a horse or at a smaller barn? How do I evaluate potential riding instructors?

* If anyone here could recommend instructors or boarding barns in my area (Central-Southern Lake County Indiana) I would be very grateful.

Thanks so much for your help!

Oh and any book recommendations would also be appreciated. I am always looking for more to read!
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-03-2015, 01:45 PM
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To answer your questions:

I would take lessons separately from your daughter. That way she won't feel the need to keep up with mom or visa versa.

Now days I think most, but not all instructors include the basics of equine care in lessons. An emphasis on horsemanship isn't always included though. That would be something to ask when looking for an instructor.

Large vs. small is in the eye of the beholder. I wouldn't worry about that as much as finding a good instructor.

As for that, knowledge and experience are important but the ability to break down riding skills/horsemanship into terms that a beginner or child can understand is very important for a person who is just learning. Make a list of your expectations and priorities and interview based on that. But you probably won't really know if you "click" with someone until you have had a few lessons.

Hope this helps.

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