Tips for a new horse owner new to horses?
I'm new to the forum and enjoying reading all the posts. So impressed by all of the knowledgeable horse people here!
After a really tough life event, I finally decided with my husband to pursue a lifelong desire to own horses. I am taking lessons five times a week and still new to it, but the perfect, sweetest horse became available at one of the places where I train. I bought him because you can't ask for a better beginner horse.
Right now I ride him for two lessons a week, and he is boarded at an amazing place with indoor arena, nice stalls, and a beautiful outdoor pasture where he is put outside daily with his horse friends.
He has the sweetest disposition and I pay for extra supplements for joints (he is fifteen) and anything he needs, but I'm not sure what else I should do, given that his physical needs are taken care of. He is ridden by great trainers during the week, and I come by to give him carrots and take him out to the pasture for grass at extra times.
But what else?
Am I missing things I should be doing as a horse owner? He's fed, happy, and only ridden by people who are expert riders when I am not riding him.
I admit I'm not a very cuddly owner. I want him to respect me, so I want to become a rider/horseperson he can respect. Right now, I'm just a noob, so I don't ride him outside of lessons. He is a dream to ride but I am not a dream rider!
Should I be trying to see him/ride him more? The barn lets me ride as much as I want, but I want to be better before that. Am I being too careful?
Edited to add: My other three lessons a week are with another trainer and on her horses, which have very different dispositions.
Sorry for the long post! Thanks for any help or advice. Sure love being around horses. They are teaching me a lot!