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  1. General Riding queries
    Hi there, I'm an adult beginner. Just wonder for others how long did you wait before learning to canter, or how long do you think people should wait? I've heard mixed things from instructors. I've had one instructor tell me I should work on trotting and control for a year before cantering. And I...
  2. Lessons, Trainers, Schools, Clubs, Clinics
    Hi there, I decided I wanted to start horseback riding about 6 months ago at the age of 29. I live in a semi rural area so we dont have a huge selection of barns. So far I'm on my 4th barn with no luck! I had 2 barns where the instructors no called no showed to my lessons. I had another barn...
  3. Horse Talk
    Hi all, Just wondering if you have any tips or anything that you do while unable to ride for a while. Any activities you do to practise positions and motions? This is coming from a beginner rider so anything helps. Thanks
  4. Horse Riding Critique
    Hi all, I had my first canter a couple of days ago. I ended up loosing my stirrups and hanging over the side of the horse before I could pull myself back on when we slowed. I tried again after that and again, lost my stirrups and fell off the horse (I did get straight back on though). I have...
  5. General Riding queries
    Im not exactly a new rider but I am a beginner. I got into horses kind of late - at 25. I take lessons whenever I can but I can only do it in the summer and the winter. I’m very afraid of cantering when the horse starts going a little faster I freak out and make him stop. Has anyone had this...
  6. Riding and Barn Wear
    Hi, going horse riding soon. The place where I'm going horse riding doesn't have boots available, would hiking boots with heels work? Thanks
  7. General Riding queries
    Hi guys! Like a lot of young equestrians, I love to go fast on my horse.. but I'm not the best horseman in the world, and still need help finding the right way to ride through the trot and lope. The problem I'm having during the trot is keeping the horse at a trot, and posting. The problem...
  8. General Riding queries
    I have gone on three trail rides one of which included a half hour lesson. I can stop, steer, mount and dismount confidently. I am fairly good with trotting (posting) but have a little more trouble sitting trot although I don't hold onto the saddle while doing it. I surprised myself with finding...
  9. Horse Talk
    Hello, I joined this forum hoping that I can have some questions answered. I am a 21 year old college student who is hoping to graduate with a degree in Biology, with a concentration in Organismal. I have always LOVED horses, but growing up I never had the money to own one or take lessons...
  10. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello, I'm novice rider, I ride for half a year, but because of quarantine I had many long pauses. The horse is herd leader and I think he is LBI (Parelli typology) very stubbon but very intelligent. First he dragged me around when I lead him, he tried to kick me when I tacked him up and...
  11. Horses for Sale, Lease, Loan & Wanted
    I'm wondering if anyone can help me find the horse I'm looking for. I frequent facebook and kijiji but I just can't seem to find the right horse. I do have a lowish budget of $3500. I'm looking for a beginner broke trail horse with no spook (at least as little spook as a horse can have) buck or...
  12. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    I have just started western lessons and I am a SUPER beginner rider. I'm a very nervous rider as well. The first lesson went decently I think. I had fun and really wanted to go again. The second lesson didn't go as well. I found it extremely difficult to focus on everything all at once...
  13. Horse Talk
    I’m a rerider - after 25 yrs. I stopped riding in my teens, after a fall that scared the living lights out of me (4yr old spooked and bolted on a trail). Horses were my world but I was living in a big city with the barn about 1.5 hrs away. I gave up/grew out of it with a bittersweet taste. I...
  14. Leasing, Loaning, Buying, Rescuing
    First of all I’m newer to horses about a half a year I’ve been working with them now. (So please be kind! 😊) So I worked for a high level eventer for a summer job and got into horses, I learned how to lead, bathe, tack, feed, groom, etc. and was very comfortable there and I’m so grateful I got...
  15. Leasing, Loaning, Buying, Rescuing
    Hello everyone! I’m new to this forum and I have some questions. I’m a beginner rider and have just started cantering but have a decent posting trot(I ride English). Should I lease or just take lessons? I’ve only been taking lessons but they are quite expensive over time. Am I “ready” for a...
  16. Show Jumping and using jumping in training
    Hey all, I am moving soon away from my family to live with a world champion show jumper who is going to train me. I have never jumper before so I was wondering if any one had any tips to start my jumping career? I have being riding since nov 2019. I have done trotting poles etc. but no series...
  17. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    Good evening everyone! I am a student at a small university in Kentucky majoring in Equine Studies with concentrations in Equine Management and Equine Training. I am currently a sophomore. I started riding horses in 2008 at a therapeutic horseback riding center in my hometown. At my university...
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