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post #1 of 5 Old 10-22-2017, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! This is my first post. I've never joined a forum before.

So I have been riding off and on for the past 10+ years or so (I joined camps when I was younger, and did lessons every few months when I got older) But I have never really fully involved myself in horses as much as I'd like. The passion will always be there, I know that much. So although I know a LITTLE about horses and I can ride, I'm not sure what the next step is as far as what I want DO with my life as far as riding. My family is friends with a local boarder/trainer and I will be starting classes/not-so-strict riding lessons with her next month. I've talked to her about potentially half leasing a horse after a few months.

I guess my question is, what direction should ago or what directions even are there as far as western pleasure riding? What should I be thinking about if I want to be more involved in competition riding? And where do I even start? I really like the idea of barrel racing but I'm not sure how popular that is in Ohio and I'm definitely not a professional, I still need years of training I'm sure. I'm sorry if this is a vague question. Thank you to anyone who is willing to help me out! All advice is welcome!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-22-2017, 08:17 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum:)

For now, don't worry about the future and what discipline you want to focus on -- that includes "just" trail riding because trail riding takes talent on both the horse and the rider's part:)

For now, your not-so-strict lessons, should include basic care of a horse. That includes everything from feeding a horse to grooming to learning how to pick hooves and be able to discern hoof health problems, to mucking stalls.

There is a lot to learn before getting out of kindergarten, so-to-speak.

In terms of which discipline to ride, don't let someone push you in a direction you don't want to go. Having a horse in your life is supposed to be fun :):)

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-22-2017, 08:36 PM
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This should be like high school where they make you take a lot of subjects so, yes, you are somewhat conversant in them when you grow up, but also to discover a passion. Once you're reasonably solid in your seat and aids, do take some dressage lessons, some jumping lessons, some reining lessons, etc. and, most of all, see if you can handle a horse outside the confines of the arena. I do believe that the initial lessons in any discipline teach a lot of transferable skills, so your time is not wasted. It only gets crazy when people get addicted to winning. You also need to take into consideration your horse's preferences - what's boring for some is exciting and entertaining for others, what's exciting for some is scary and frightening for others.

In short: the only way to find out what you like is to experience it - then you'll know.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-23-2017, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for the responses :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-23-2017, 06:38 PM
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For now, I'd say take what you have access to, but don't be afraid to be vocal about your desires :)

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