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  1. New to Horses
    Hello! I am a new rider, started riding about 4 months ago. I'm 37 and out of shape. I'm about 20 lbs overweight, and pretty physically weak, but I'm working on both. I had never ridden (aside from a few slow-walking trail rides) before starting lessons. It was my life's dream to have a...
  2. New to Horses
    I took a hot walker job at a racetrack that lasted two days after three horses reared and ran away, one breaking my finger. I'd still like to be a hot walker for Thoroughbreds, and I was wondering if there are any training programs or maybe trainers that could take me from an absolute beginner...
  3. Jumping
    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...
  4. New to Horses
    I'm starting to learn very quick that it is hard to gain experience, especially when you can't drive. I find myself in a never-ending cycle where I find somewhere to volunteer, but I can't ever find away to get there. The barns won't offer to help with transportation, and I don't really have the...
  5. Welcome! 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...
  6. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hi everyone im a beginner rider who is starting to share a horse (uk) The horse is overall awesome to learn on she is very responsive and forgiving and the perfect size for me the only downfall is she can be quite spooky at things that are new and confusing for example there was a green bin in...
  7. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    My kids (ages 5 and 7) have been taking lessons beginner lessons over the summer. We likely won't be able to continue once school starts, but either way - I would like to help them practice at home. Does anyone have any tips? They ride English at the barn, but we do western at home. So far...
  8. English Riding
    So I started riding from the ages of 8-13 and I loved it but stopped because I just grew out of it. I’m now 20 and have recently taken it back up, and have completely fallen in love with it again! However I am having a lot of trouble with cantering. I just get really uncomfortable and feel like...
  9. Horse Talk
    Long post alert!! I'll try to keep it short as I can, but there's a lot of context needed and I have a habit of rambling... I'm in one hell of a dilemma. My mother in law desperately wants a horse, and I have no idea how to convince her that buying a horse in her position is an overwhelmingly...
  10. Member Journals
    Can I even start a horse journal without actually having a horse? Well, I'm going to anyway. The purpose of this thread is to keep myself organized, and to keep track of my thoughts and progress. I like to gain knowledge on a subject as much as I can before jumping into it. A little about...
  11. New to Horses
    Hello! My name is Mary and I'm 18 years old! I'm currently hanging out in the northeast united states going to community college, but I plan on transferring to a college out west sometime in the next year for psychology. As far as experience goes I've been around horses on and off my whole life...
  12. New to Horses
    Hi guys I have bought a horse recently! I find it very nice & enjoyable to ride a horse, and have it as pet! but I am afraid of falling down while galloping in the woods! how can I overcome that?
  13. Horse Training
    Hi, I am starting my 13 year old OTTB over fences and I have her jumping little 1 foot jumps on a lunge line, but because she is 17hh, she is practically walking over them. How high is appropriate to get her working on her form after she masters the basics of stride, takeoff, etc.?
  14. New to Horses
    Hi everyone! :wave: I've recently moved boarding places - from a DIY pasture to a DIY actual boarding facility. It hasn't seen use in years, however, but me and the only other boarder so far are making sure to help the owner get things going once again. :D I've got a grooming post, a locker for...
  15. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hey guys! So this is my first post here so I'm hoping I'm doing this right. Basically, I stopped riding for about four years in high school and not that I'm in college I've recently picked it back up. However, I'm having some trouble adjusting to the new trainer. I told him that I haven't ridden...
  16. Jumping
    (bear with me for some background info -- the questions are coming) We live on a 10-acre plot in southeast Nebraska. We're currently shopping for our family's first horse. I owned a Pinto when I was growing up, but I never competed with him. My 15-year-old daughter has taken several years of...
  17. English Riding
    I was looking to get my first saddle soon but I'm having trouble deciding on which one to get. I've mostly ridden in Western saddles (using direct rein, oddly enough) but there have been a couple times that I've ridden English when I was young. I feel a lot more secure in a Western saddle than I...
  18. Horse Pictures
    I didn't quite know where to post this but I figured some people use breyers for pictures so.... Anyways, I'm 13 and would like to start collecting breyer horses. I know the complete basics, like the different sizes and what molds and models are, but I don't know how many molds there are and...
  19. Horse Training
    Hey all :) I'm helping a friend who wants to get into horses. She plans to show in in-hand events like halter and showmanship (has no interest in riding). She bought a nice young horse who is very sweet and totally gorgeous, but it is very disrespectful to her. This horse occasionally gets out...
  20. Horse Training
    We have a 3 year old quarter horse that's been trained on most of the basics but still needs some finishing. The previous owners were working on neck reining and he seems like a very well mannered horse for a 3 year old, although we know that he's going to be stubborn from time to time. My...
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