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post #1 of 8 Old 09-03-2014, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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New and Nervous :)

Hey, my names G and I live in the UK, London to be exact, and have been wandering this forum for a little while now. After severals years of ifs and buts I have finally decided to quash my nerves and attempt a foray into the world of horse riding... Well... Trying to quash :P

Being a 22 year old lad in London who fancies a go at horse riding without any previous experience what so ever is quite daunting, not to mention finding decent instructors within a reasonable distance is proving quite tricky.

With the queer looks from friends and family I have put off such a hobby for a while but now that I have found the courage to finally have a go I found that my nearest school does follow the 13.5st rule which I'm sadly just over.

None the less I should be starting volunteer work at their stables to acquaint myself with their equine friends. So does anyone have any advice for a complete novice entering the horse riding world?

Kind regards

G
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-03-2014, 05:40 AM
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Hi G,
I have a few friends in London who I can get in touch with to ask about stables, if you like. Just let me know where in London you are!

Listen to what you're being told, and don't be afraid to ask questions. These are 650kg animals with their own minds, and no one can tell online how well behaved they are.

Wear sensible shoes that will protect your feet, and be prepared to work from the bottom up. You may be asked me muck out, sweep, fill water buckets or throw hay in. it may seem a bit boring, but it's all part and parcel.

I have to ask.. are you over the 13st through weight, or height or muscle? You may find that doing these tasks for a couple of hours a few times a week will really start to get you fit.

In the mean time, keep an eye out for other stables that will take you on board. You'll want something back from the volunteer work, but if they can't get you on board don't let them use you as a free labour force ;)

I say, go for it. My boyfriend has informed me he wants to start riding and is booked in for a course. He has my support, and my father used to ride and passed on all his kit. You may also find that you are in the minority when you first start!

Also, when you start riding... a little advice my father gives.. Don't sit on your eggs!

And jeans are your worst friend when you're learning.

Good luck!
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Hi G,
I have a few friends in London who I can get in touch with to ask about stables, if you like. Just let me know where in London you are!

Listen to what you're being told, and don't be afraid to ask questions. These are 650kg animals with their own minds, and no one can tell online how well behaved they are.

Wear sensible shoes that will protect your feet, and be prepared to work from the bottom up. You may be asked me muck out, sweep, fill water buckets or throw hay in. it may seem a bit boring, but it's all part and parcel.

I have to ask.. are you over the 13st through weight, or height or muscle? You may find that doing these tasks for a couple of hours a few times a week will really start to get you fit.

In the mean time, keep an eye out for other stables that will take you on board. You'll want something back from the volunteer work, but if they can't get you on board don't let them use you as a free labour force ;)

I say, go for it. My boyfriend has informed me he wants to start riding and is booked in for a course. He has my support, and my father used to ride and passed on all his kit. You may also find that you are in the minority when you first start!

Also, when you start riding... a little advice my father gives.. Don't sit on your eggs!

And jeans are your worst friend when you're learning.

Good luck!
Hey :) thanks for the quick response. I live in Bermondsey near Southwark, South London. One of the main reasons why I've decided to do at least a little volunteer work is because I've spent little to no time at all around such large animals and thought I might gain some useful insight into working around and with them, after all I have the deepest respect for anything eight times my own weight ;)

I'm 5'9"ish and weigh roughly 15st. What doesn't help is I'm very stocky in build, I have a fair bit of muscle but I do carry a bit of excess baggage :P On the bright side I don't mind mucky labour so I genuinely think I'll be fine in that aspect.

Thanks for all the advice as I hope to start in the coming week :)
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It sounds as if you already have somewhere to volunteer at but if you haven't and are struggling to find a place then check out any Rescue Centres within reasonable travelling distance because they're always glad of an extra pair of hands
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-03-2014, 01:23 PM
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let's see . . 15 stone equals . . . 210 pounds.

In the US, that's like amateur size.
I am not in the least proud of being fat (200 lbs and 5'3'' female), but almost no one has seen my weight as too much for their horse to deal with. I , myself , will not ride a small horse. I don't need a rule to tell me that. But, most HORSE sized horses can carry my weight, and yours, without an issue.

there is a difference, quite a bit of difference actually, between how an experienced rider carries her/his weight and how a beginner does. So, that has to be considered. But, I think that you can perhaps find someone with a stockier horse, and work a lot at the walk to start with (which you would be , anyway).

best of luck. I think your plan of "mucking" , in the meantime, is a good one. A person can learn a ton just by being around horses and observing.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-03-2014, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the encouragement ^^

Tinyliny I would never dream of burdening a horse that could not bare my weight comfortably, it would just be plain unfair. Besides I'm just looking forward to the interaction, even if I don't jump straight into riding :)
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