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  1. Horse Talk
    Hello! After years of convincing, I've finally got my parents to get me on the saddle. As a long term goal with my riding, I have my eyes set on jumping at the grand prix level. I ride three times a week on school horses, and my parents are looking into leasing or buying a horse in the next...
  2. 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...
  3. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    My name is Taylor and I'm a new rider who recently just leased my first horse!! I prefer hunt seat but will be focusing on saddle seat for a while. I have my first schooling show coming up soon and I am VERY excited!! Right now I focus on pleasure riding but as I get more of a foundation in...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Im green, trail riding and some lessons over a couple years with my aunta very well behaved horse. I bought a 14 year old Bay Roan Gelding(san peppy blood,cutting, ranch horse) he was formerly the dominant horse in his 4 horse herd. Owner sold due to wifes injury from work and unable to ride all...
  5. General Riding queries
    Hi! I have been riding for 12 months total, group lesson only, 1 hour a week. I have been cantering 4 months after starting riding, and currently I'm doing jumps at a trot. Every time I come to my lesson, I get a different horse. Every horse seems to have their own problems and because of this...
  6. General Riding queries
    Hi There, I was hoping to get some advice on how to choose a barn for my daughter to take lessons at. She is 6 years old. There are several within 30 minutes of us and I am overwhelmed with the options/differences in each barn. There are a couple that seem to have large children's programs...
  7. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Ahoy! I've seen a TON of opinions on cinching, ranging from snug to loose etc. As far as I know, the general rule is to tighten enough for it to not slip when mounting. "Don't cut your horse in half!" I am still "learning" aka, I can easily walk, trot, but after recently getting bucked off...
  8. General Riding queries
    Good morning! I just got a job at a stable with 28 horses as a stable hand. I have zero horse experience, but I have been wanting to learn more since I was very little. There's a chance that I could exchange my working hours for riding lessons, but I don't know where to start! My family is...
  9. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    Back in September I wrote my first post here asking for advice on handling my fidgety horse. The focus that most people pick up on was that I was a first time owner and my horse was only 4. I was wasn't prepared for the flood of "Get rid of her... Get something more appropriate" but I don't...
  10. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    Hello everyone! I'm rather new here, and figured I'd introduce myself. I'm 23 and living in Alberta, I've been interested in horses since I was a kid, and have countless books on them. I was only able to take lessons once for a few months before moving out to Alberta. Living in the middle of a...
  11. Horse Talk
    I guess I'm kinda obsessed cause I talk about horses 24/7 and all my friends think I'm crazy. Any tips on how I can get my friend into riding? I'm always hinting at it and now she's like well my siblings want to try it so I might, but I think she's trying to get me off her back. She will come to...
  12. General Riding queries
    Hey everyone! My terminology might be a little off (forewarning haha!), I have only been riding for about a year and it's only been trail rides and what not. I have been taking lessons four times a week, really refining my riding, and now I am considering doing some kind of competing. Is...
  13. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    I'm new to horses. I'm a 58 year old man who thinks he would like to do trail riding when he retires. I took my second lesson last night. I was riding with three middle school girls. Felt a little out of place. How does one learn to ride spending less than an hour in the saddle a week? Just...
  14. General Riding queries
    Hi. Have been riding about 2.5 years, once a week. Just cantered the first time about 2 months ago. I have a very spirited Quarterhorse (not my horse - a school horse) that I ride. He has a reputation for being a barn brat and has a strong bit (not a snaffle) on him, as well as a double...
  15. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    My name is Alice and I am a French expat living in the US. I am in Salt Lake City, Utah. I work in the fitness industry as a kettlebell and yoga instructor, I also own my own studio in SLC as well as work with people online. I use to ride when I was younger and decided a few months ago that I...
  16. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    Hi! My name is Marcie. :) Super original sn I know lol. I have loved horses since I was a kid, collected Breyers and as an adult enjoy playing with horses on the sims 3. Lame but sometimes you take what you can get. I'm 29 now and had a pretty crappy job up until last year. Then last month I...
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