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post #1 of 15 Old 10-21-2017, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Starting riding again

I used to ride horse when I was a kid and stopped when I was about 12 because my family could no longer afford it. I?m 19 now and am starting lessons in a few months. My question is if you?d think I?d be able to own my own horse in the future? And if you guys have any tips on how to ride well when I start lessons.
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-21-2017, 09:31 PM
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-21-2017, 11:11 PM
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I?m 19 now and am starting lessons in a few months. My question is if you?d think I?d be able to own my own horse in the future?
You want to buy a condo? You set that as a goal and work towards it.

You want to lose that last 5 pounds? You set that as a goal and you work towards it.

You want to own a horse? You make it a goal and you work towards it.

Life is all about setting short term and long term goals and working towards them. There is nothing stopping you from having a horse except you. Need more time? Make it. Need more money? Get a better job. Your job sucks? Go back to school and learn some new skills to get a better job, etc, etc.

Obviously there is a lot to learn about keeping horses, so you need to spend time with them, learn from experts, watch, and listen. Take your lessons, spend time at the barn, ask lots of questions, volunteer for events. And then get your horse and learn even more about keeping them!
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-23-2017, 12:06 PM
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If you've taken lessons in the past and they were more than just a few every once in a blue moon then you'll have muscle memory. Your skills will come back fairly quickly and you will likely progress quickly too.
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-23-2017, 01:10 PM
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Everybody can own a horse. The real question is: Should you?

- Can you provide the horse with the care and living conditions that live up to accepted standards? (To put it bluntly: Will you be parking your horse in a box like a motorcycle when you aren't "using" it?)
- Can you interact with the horse in such a way that its value is increased, rather than decreased? (To put it bluntly: Will you end up ruining the horse?)
- Do you have the resources and commitment that are required of such a long-term project? Is your retirement saving taken care of? Food? Rent? Medical care? Time and money for all the things that are important for your R&R?

Don't think about whether you should own a horse, think about whether a horse should have you as owner.
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-23-2017, 01:54 PM
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If you want it, go for it. It will take time though. For now, just enjoy the lessons & learning. :)

Ride as many horses as you can. Don't worry about ownership for now - I personally wouldn't, as it is very expensive & a big responsibility. You can look into leasing eventually, which would be like owning a horse except you wouldn't have to worry about vet/dental/farrier bills (of course every lease agreement is different, depends on the contract itself).

You can make it a goal, of course. But don't rush it. Take your time. Explore your options. Just have fun!

Ride more, worry less.
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-27-2017, 05:57 AM
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-27-2017, 09:32 AM
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I can barely remember a time when I didn't ride but, life took me in directions that made it not such a good decision to own a horse until I was about thirty five. That was my time and now fifteen years later, I have five of them and the family rides with me. It has been the greatest pleasure (still at times challenging on time and money) and fulfillment of a life long dream; worth the wait to be able to do it right.

If you are honest with yourself, you will know when the time is right to own.

As to getting back into riding....get yourself into good physical shape (riding uses muscles you might not have used in a long time) and mentally prepare yourself for successes and failures. Be prepared to accept both as part of the learning process. With honest self evaluation, we can learn as much from our failures as our successes if we keep a good attitude and don't beat ourselves up.

Keep an open mind to new experiences, don't put too many hard and fast expectations on yourself while, at the same time still keeping short term goals in mind (the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time) and always work to stay positive. Picking the right instructor, barn and horses will go a long way in aiding that.
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Your story sounds pretty similar to mine! Some day you will own a horse! As for riding well, remember to keep your heels down, keep your hands low when holding the reins- don't hold them too short or too tightly. let your body flow with the motion of the horse, even at the walk and remember to breathe!

cantering on, into the familiar and unknown
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... life took me in directions that made it not such a good decision to own a horse until I was about thirty five.

If you are honest with yourself, you will know when the time is right to own.

As to getting back into riding....get yourself into good physical shape (riding uses muscles you might not have used in a long time) and mentally prepare yourself for successes and failures. Be prepared to accept both as part of the learning process.

Keep an open mind to new experiences, don't put too many hard and fast expectations on yourself while, at the same time still keeping short term goals in mind (the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time) and always work to stay positive. Picking the right instructor, barn and horses will go a long way in aiding that.
This is all so true! I promised myself I would not get a horse until I (a) had enough land to care for a horse properly or (b) enough money to afford board at a facility. After two [ex]husbands, several moves zig-zagging the country, acquiring two more degrees, and a child later I was able to buy a horse. It took 30 years. I wouldn't change a thing.

That part in bold above: truer words were never spoken. Despite 24 years of ballet, I'm not spring chicken. I was frustrated when I started riding again, but have become more patient. I took a tumble a month or so ago and am still suffering. I know for sure the suffering would have been less if I were in better shape. Ironically, I had already started stretching and strength training, but it was not enough to keep me on a horse when she zigged and I zagged.

Take your time with it all. I rode at a number of stables with a number of instructors, and on all kinds of horses. It helped quite a bit when considering riding/boarding/horse options.

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As for riding well, remember to keep your heels down, keep your hands low when holding the reins- don't hold them too short or too tightly. let your body flow with the motion of the horse, even at the walk and remember to breathe!
Great list. I'll add communicate with your instructor to the list. That said, breathing was the most difficult thing for me to remember when all the other things on the list were going strong.

Enjoy every moment of your horsemanship journey, no matter the stage.
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