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post #11 of 12 Old 05-09-2015, 08:32 PM
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Make sure any camp you are looking at is indeed beginner friendly. Many camps assume at least basic skills - being able to handle and tack your own horse and basic riding skills.

Getting in over your head when you're beginning riding won't be fun.

I agree, seek out a good reputable lesson barn that serves the discipline you're looking to get into...and start with lessons. You'll start from the ground up and not end up over year head right out of the gate. :)

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post #12 of 12 Old 05-09-2015, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by palomino347 View Post
I would definitely start by figuring out which type of riding you would like to do. You can ride either english or western. English disciplines include dressage, cross country, jumping, etc. Western disciplines include pole bending, barrel racing, etc. Most barns start beginners out riding western so they can work up to riding english but not all of them do.
Once you figure out that, you need to find a nice barn where you can take lessons. You want to start out slow. You can't just hop on a horse and go.
In your first lesson, you'll most likely learn the basics such as grooming, tacking up a horse, walking, and if they think you are ready, trotting.
You will probably start in either a round pen or on a lunge line.
Just remember to stay calm and ride in the right clothes. Open closed shoes are always the best thing you can wear. Also, jeans or breeches (if you have them..) would be good.
Once you get used to lessons and your trainer feels that you are ready, you may start half-leasing, leasing, etc. It is like owning but not as expensive and for people who want to learn everything about owning before jumping right in to owning a horse all on their own.
Just take your time with it and have fun!
Riding is amazing and I bet you will love it!
Best of luck :)
I agree with Palomino. When you start just realize that it's a sport and you have to be patient, listen and learn. Don't set unrealistic deadlines or judge yourself against others. You will find that most riders are there almost solely to improve their own skills. People will be friendly, but focused as they only have so much time in the saddle and they are paying for that privilege. Always arrive at least 30-45 minutes early for your lesson and it's nice to stay a bit after to clean a little. Just spending time with the horses is almost as enjoyable as riding. Almost. :)

Relax, ride and enjoy !
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