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post #21 of 23 Old 06-20-2014, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well I will save as much as I can for a long time because it'll probably be a while before I can even have a for sure place to keep one. I'm so excited to take my first lessons! Any tips?
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post #22 of 23 Old 06-20-2014, 09:20 PM
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I think leasing a horse first is wise, but even that approach can prove to be rather expensive. I personally wouldn't consider buying a horse until you have had an abundance of lessons and honestly feel you are ready to take that next big step. Please keep in mind that a horse is almost a full time commitment and can leave little time for typical off-hour activities.
I can afford to buy a horse, but fear that I may not be able to cover any unexpected medical bills (which there will be). I would hate to ever be in a position where I couldn't fully care for my horse. It wouldn't be fair.
I personally would take lessons and just enjoy yourself.

My best to you.
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post #23 of 23 Old 06-20-2014, 09:29 PM
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For your first lesson, just try to relax! :) ENJOY yourself! Let go of all the ideas you have about horse riding and training and what you or the horse are *supposed* to be doing and just go with it and listen to the instructor.

There are lots of different approaches that instructors can take or switch between based off their own training, the horse's training and ability, and how you're taking to a certain task or activity. Some instructors will have you do a quick walk, trot and canter all in the first lesson, others will have you on a lunge line and not allow you to touch the reins or go above the walk for months (like they do at the Spanish Riding School). BOTH can be great ways to learn and help you develop vital skills, so don't get too hung up on what you think you're 'supposed' to be doing when and just have fun and go at your own pace. Riding and horses are great. :)
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