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  1. Horse Talk
    Hi! I’m originally from Alabama and have been riding horses for as long as I can remember. When I enter college on an academic scholarship I took a three-year hiatus from riding a horse ownership. But after I graduated from college, started undergraWhen I enter college on an academic...
  2. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hello there to whoever is reading this! I have been poking around some barns trying to find a new one because my old one just wasn't a fit for me, and I came across this barn that seems pretty great. They offer what I want and seem a good fit for me. I was looking at their lesson and it said...
  3. New to Horses
    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...
  4. New to Horses
    Hello! I'm in the market for a lesson barn, and I'm not sure what to expect when I tour/visit the stables. I know I should be looking to see that the facilities are clean and the horses appear healthy, but I don't know what will happen during a tour. Will it just be a tour, as if I was visiting...
  5. New to Horses
    Well, at my last lesson, my instructor decided I should start using a crop. I'm still just a beginner - been taking lessons once a week since February - but it still made me feel sort of bad. I'm doing posting trot, and having a very hard time keeping the horse at the right speed/pace while...
  6. English Riding
    I haven't been able to ride all winter due to bad weather and complications with my horses health. Recently I had a lesson (on a different horse) to touch up on any forgotten skills. A big problem I noticed was that in the trot my leg moved around a lot. My instructor said this was because I...
  7. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I've been riding at the same facilities for over 6 years now, attending every week and progressing as much as I can. It's not an official riding school, rather it is owned by an older lady who focuses on relationships between the horse and rider. I am largely self taught due to this. Anyway, I...
  8. Reining
    I have been given the opportunity to ride a reining horse. I'm used to riding English, so it's a little different for me and would like to up my skills. Does anyone know of some good coaches that would help teach me how to ride a reining horse?
  9. Horse Trainers
    I'm moving back from Rome to the States and we're going to be living in Fairfax, Virginia where I'm looking to continue my hunter jumper training. I haven't ridden in 7 months but I was doing a small amount of jumping before I moved to Italy, hopefully I'll be able to get back into the swing of...
  10. English Riding
    I crawled myself back to my original barn I started riding 15 years ago, and I'm fairly certain that I will stay here. I like my trainer , not my absolute favorite out of all, but overall, I like this barn and her the best. My legs are coming back, or I should say rebuilding the strength. I'm...
  11. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Before I go on to my next lesson later this week I think I need some advice. I have a hard time with lesson horses. They always take advantage of me! And I know it's all my fault! I have this mentality that "this animal does not belong to me so I should be nice to it." In the past I've had no...
  12. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I was super nervous about it because I don't know what horse people are like anywhere except my home barn where even the community outside of the barn was so tight knit everyone had a horse for somebody. I've had 3 different trainers over the years, this one will be my fourth. I had no idea what...
  13. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I will be showing over the summer (equitation) and my parents have granted me extra riding time to prepare. I have the option of a half-lease (3 days a week) at a barn near my house, or an extra private lesson every week at the barn that I normally take lessons at and will be showing under. I am...
  14. Horse Conformation Critique
    I have been looking for a lesson pony to buy before spring comes around. What do you guys think about this one? Any issues you can see?
  15. English Riding
    Wow I have not been on here for a very long time! Well hi everyone! I have been riding a new pony at the barn named Miner. I'm going to be showing him this weekend also. I have only ridden him a few times but I am going to have one more lesson before Sunday. He is a true jumper pony and really...
  16. Horse Pictures
    Thought I'd share some pictures of two of my past lesson horses! They're the best. :3 Pilot and I at our first show. :D I was quite awkward haha! This is George, from earlier in the year when it was warm. I was all sweaty haha! I thought I had some more horses to show you guys, but sadly I...
  17. Reining
    I do believe that we have a really good reining trainer building a new place close to the Austin area. I think maybe Lampasas. His name is Shane Kelley. I have seen him at the big NRHA shows and he does do youth and non pros. I think his number is 72-530-5155. I'm not sure when his barn will be...
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