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Hollieejb

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Hollieejb says:

novice, experience etc?!

 I am looking for a horse to share 1 or 2 days a week but I really do not know if I count as a novice or not?!

I have been at different riding schools for 6 years, I went to many bad ones untill I found one I liked! I can walk, trot and canter confidently (canter is a bit messy) and started popping over a few small jumps a year ago. I have tried western riding, and ridden on the beach twice and been on a few hacks. I do get a bit nervous on forward going horses as im used to riding school plods! I really feel like im ready to move on from riding schools a feel a bit stuck at the moment!

I have found an advert for a horse 15.1, hacking once a week, says its safe and easy hack but not suitable for complete novice, however its only 4 years old. would this be suitable for me or not? Thankyou for your help :)

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soniadevereux

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Re: novice, experience etc?!

I dont think it would be suitable for you. Some 4 yr old are good and some are a bit spooky. Also being a youngster it is still learning and a more experienced rider would be better. I think it would be better to look for a schoolmaster, a horse/pony that has been there done that and worn the sweat rug to prove it! This would improve you riding, confidence and stickabilty. Good luck with finding your ideal share. xxx

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Hollieejb

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Hollieejb says:

Re: novice, experience etc?!

 Thanks :) I am just going by the advert which says "easy and safe hack but not suitable for complete novice" I dont consider myself as a complete novice so I emailed the women a couple of days ago for more information about the horse to see if its more suitable. I have been looking for around 6 months and can only afford £15 a week at the moment so I doubt I would be able to get a really experienced horse for that :)

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soniadevereux

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Re: novice, experience etc?!

I was going on you said that your canter is a bit messy. If you were able to do all the gaits and jumping safely, in control and able to deal with napping, spooking and the odd small temper tantrum then i would go for it. I expect you already have riders insurance, if not that is something you will need if sharing/loaning a horse. Not just for your benefit but for the horse owner too. Although i have ridden for years at happy hacking and a bit of schooling i still regard myself as the top end of novice. i can cope with most things that horses throw at me and next year want jumping lessons. x

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: novice, experience etc?!

Hi Hollie

 

I agree with Sonia and think you'd be better looking for something older and wiser! lol

 

I knwo you say the ad said something about the horse being an easy and safe hack, but at the end of the day it is 4 years old and still learning.

 

Which sites are you looking on? Preloved is great for finding horse shares/loans...there is als oa section on the forum for the same thing!

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Hollieejb

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Hollieejb says:

Re: novice, experience etc?!

 thanks for the advice :) Im definatley not scared of bucking, napping, falling off etc!. im going to carry on looking however I have just been asked by a family friend to help her with her youngesters, I think this will give me loads of experience and there will always be someone with me to guide me etc.
Looking at it now I defo dont think im ready to hack a 4 year old!

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: novice, experience etc?!

 It would be great experience for you to help with your friends babies! Plus you might find something rideable through word of mouth then which is often the best way!

 

Im sure you'll find something... Many people look for a help and don't even expect cash as long as you'll do done jobs too! You could try putting an advert offering to help in return for riding in all your local tack and feed shops. Be honest about your experience levels and you might get someone who has a lovely horse for you! Good luck :)

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soniadevereux

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Re: novice, experience etc?!

Hollieejb said:

 thanks for the advice :) Im definatley not scared of bucking, napping, falling off etc!. im going to carry on looking however I have just been asked by a family friend to help her with her youngesters, I think this will give me loads of experience and there will always be someone with me to guide me etc.
Looking at it now I defo dont think im ready to hack a 4 year old!



 

 i think that is really good news. You learn so much and with so much hands on too. I really hope you enjoy this chance.xxxxx

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: novice, experience etc?!

Helping out with friends' horses is a great way to gain more experience and I'm sure you'll love it.  I'm glad you've decided that the 4 year old is prob not for you as I suspect you might not have helped each other to progress if you see what I mean!  If you do go back to looking, I'd be inclined to look out for words like "honest", "school-master", etc You will probably want something that's not kick-along as you get that from your riding school but equally you want something with brakes and common sense and I'm darn sure your parent(s) would too!!  Good luck and have fun! :o)

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

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Just to try the horse out is the thing as a horse acts differently with each rider, and an experienced rider with years riding, riding school horses then his own for 21 years then you start from scratch again like a novice when having a new horse but what you have is the gut instinct when to call vet, then you loose that one and start again from scratch with the horse pushing the bounderies this happened to me in a 12 month period. Making all the mistakes is all the fun and getting to earn trust especially when changing from a gelding to a mare, when people say not much difference they have not met the 2 mares I have had since Tonka.

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Tommytank

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Re: novice, experience etc?!

 I also think an older wiser horse is probably a better option, taking a horse for a hack on its own is a whole different experience to going for a hack at a riding school, you say you get a bit nervous if a horse is a bit forward, that will only be greatly exagerated when your on your own, you don't want to ruin your confidence and/or a 4 year old horses confidence.   Good luck i hope you find something suitable for your transition from riding school to a more 1 to 1 relationship  

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