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post #1 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, I am Outback Equine.

I'm 19 years old and live in the beautiful country of Australia.

I have always loved horses however aside from the odd leaded trail ride every now and then never got to ride due to parents not being able to afford it.

Now I make my own money I'm starting riding, I found a wonderful Equestrian Center in my area and already been out to look and love it. However I do plan to wait until Spring to start, as it's Winter time here down under.

Going to spend the Winter researching and learning as much as I can, after all there is more to riding then just the riding

If anyone has any advice for me for starting out please go right ahead. I'll be riding English style.

One day I hope to know enough to own a horse of my own, but I won't even think of getting one for years at least I know I am nowhere near ready.

Where I live is perfect for horses, lots of pasture land and miles upon miles of riding trails through the Australian bushland-what more could you want?

Thanks for reading all, look forward to your advice.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 12:53 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

Sounds like you're off to the proper start. Just relax and enjoy yourself and you'll be an addicted equine enthusiast just like the rest of us before you know it.

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 12:57 AM
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why would you let winter stop you? is it like freezing, and icy and knee deep snow? winter is often the BEST time to ride, at least around here.

let's see, . . . good books to read . . . I love Sally Swift's "Centered Riding". that will be a good one to read.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
why would you let winter stop you? is it like freezing, and icy and knee deep snow? winter is often the BEST time to ride, at least around here.

let's see, . . . good books to read . . . I love Sally Swift's "Centered Riding". that will be a good one to read.

Here Winter is a terrible time to ride, freezing winds, ice covering the ground. If you're lucky enough to have an indoor arena, it doesn't matter if it's Winter, if you don't you hope and pray for a non-icy day. And the place I'm going to currently does not have an indoor arena as they just recently moved to a larger place with better facilities, from what I heard an indoor arena is planned though.

Course on the Australian coast, it's pretty much Summer all year round but out West where I live, ice and snow is common, mainly ice though.

I admit, I think riding a horse through the snow sounds like fun. But don't think worrying about icy ground while half freezing sounds very enjoyable.

Not to mention dangerous if a horse was to slip on the icy ground.

And I will check out that book, thank you.
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 02:46 AM
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I'm lucky that it doesn't snow where I am, so I can ride for as long as I can handle the cold xD

I would suggest starting to work on your muscles, to avoid some of the inevitable pains once you start riding regularly. Gym balls are great to work your legs, and work on your core. I find bike riding to be one of the best ways of exercising as you can work on your balance and pump your legs at the same time.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 04:13 AM
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Pilates and crossfit will be your best friend!


You'll train strength, fitness and flexibility, and you'll suffer a whole lot less when you do get into the saddle.

Centered Riding is an excellent book, and you can also watch videos on youtube. There are good ones and bad ones and I can't think of any right now.

I absolutely LOVE jumping, but if your instructor offers you the opportunity to jump before you're really solid on the flat, RUN. If you don't have a good seat on the flat yet then you don't have a prayer of having a good seat over fences.

Be patient with yourself. Riding is HARD. It's an Olympic sport for a reason!
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 03:15 PM
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I agree with blue eyed pony, you have to be patient with yourself when you first start! Just have fun and learn all you can!
Preparing your body is also a phenomenal idea (I took all winter off from riding and hopped back on my horse thinking my muscles were still in tact... well I learned when I got home and had to walk up a flight of stairs that my leg muscles were definitely off!) So hitting the gym or doing some at home work outs is a REALLY good idea.

Good luck with everything! Keep us all in the loop when you start riding!
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 04:39 PM
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Miles upon miles of riding trails....lucky you! Spend as much time with horses as you can, both in and out of the saddle. If the weather is too bad to ride, enjoy getting to know the horses, do some groundwork, grooming, enjoying their company. And when you can ride, find a good riding companion if possible, someone who likes doing the same things as you, and spend as much time as you can riding out on those trails - it's the best thing in the world, and by far the best way to learn to ride. It helps if you are really a nature lover, and appreciate the 'whole experience' - the environment, the unexpected surprises, the animals and birds you see, the rivers to cross.....have a great time.
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post #9 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 05:10 PM
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I agree with Blue eyed pony too. After you start riding you will discover muscles you never knew you had!

Maybe use the winter to find a barn and just start hanging out there. Help groom horses. Start learning the horse care side of things.
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-08-2015, 08:11 PM
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Pretty much everywhere in Australia is fine to ride in the winter. Some days aren't great but many days are okay if put on some jumpers. After all the horses are already out in the weather and doing fine - its only the rider that is bothered!

I used to think we had bad weather days, but since joining here i have found that all over the world people are riding in far colder and icier conditions than we ever get in Australia!

Between the fires, the droughts, floods, hail, snow, heat and ice if people didn't ride in bad weather they would never ride at all!

Tips are - be critical. People often tend to join a riding school or agistment place and take on all their beliefs. It creates pockets of people who have set ways. Instead try to keep an open mind and make your own path.
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