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My friend zoe wants me to start horse riding with her. She used to do it as a kid but she's forgotten everything, so we will both be starting from the begining. Are there any horse riders here? Is it fun? I've had bad experiences with horses in the past, so I'm a little nervous...
 

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I love horseback riding. Its the best. My grandma has horses that she lets me ride. If you are takeing lessons you have nothing to worry about. They wouldent put you on a horse that you cant ride.
 
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I love horse back riding! I have also had some bad experiences with horses but I just love riding, I could never give it up!
 

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Bad news... my mum said that the lessons are too expensive. So, I'm trying to convince her. Hey, she said that I could never get pets, and here I am with 2 guinea pigs =)
 

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awwwwww I love horse back riding. Expecially in the woods looking at the beautiful trees and the peace.
 

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Yes, we just want to learn how to ride a horse, but only as a hobby.
 

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Oh. Alright.
 

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It's fine to ride competetively, just try to have some fun Em. :)

I've tried riding a couple times. Once, the horse I was on was really hungry. The people that knew what they were doing (ie the counselors, or whatever you call them) kept telling me to pull his head up, because he was eating grass. Well, I tried. And tried. I had blisters on my hands, and I was bleeding, but they just said I wasn't pulling hard enough. That ended that.
 

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Um.....I always have fun....
 

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aww, mn. Must have been a hungry horse!

I'm still trying to win my mum round the idea. I said that I would pay for some of it, but still I keep on getting the same answer. NO! I may ask zoe's mum to phone mine. She may be able to persude her.
 

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How long of a lesson do you want to take?

How much is it?
 

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That sounds like a good plan, Piglet.

Just making sure, Em! Some people take riding competatively to the extreme. Have you heard what happens to old racehorses?
 

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Yes, I have heard what happens to old racehorses.
 

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Yep. That's some pretty sick stuff if you ask me. For anyone that doesn't, well, you probably don't want to know. So what do you compete in exactly?
 

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Dressage, Jumping, Equitation, Command, Pleasure.
 

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Mn, the lesson is an hour long, and its 'semi private'. It will only be zoe and I in the lesson. Its 18 pounds. I've even offered to pay nearly half of it. I don't work but I figured I could save 8 pounds a week by not eating and keeping my lunch money!
 

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For so long (like 4 years) my life was dedicated to horses. Thats all I did, rode them, spent time with them, cleaned stalls, read books about them etc. but then the people that I took lessons from moved and that all changed. We knew the people so they didn't charge me for taking lessons from them. After they moved I had no contact with any one involved with horses. I loved it while it lasted though!
I wanted to be a jockey soooo bad. I was obsessed with horses in general but loved horse racing. I know some people take it too far, but for me I don't know what it was about it but I loved it! I also liked jumping too but not as much as racing. I guess horses and horse racing were a major obsession for me lol. I still watch all the horse races that I can on TV, and jumping. And read tons of books about it. But I haven't riden a horse since our friends moved away :( ... I was miserable thought I would never get over not riding horses. But I did. And accepted that I would never get to be a jockey like I wanted to so badly. I just hope maybe when I am older that I can have a horse of my own. I am still a tad bit sad that I can never be a jockey but oh well, it's too late now I am too old (lol sounds weird).... But you have to start young.

Piglet convince your mom to let you take lessons! Horses are awesome!
 

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My daughter takes English riding lessons. We pay over $30.00 per 1 hour group lesson. That would be about 25 British pounds.

My husband was not liking the cost much at all and was talking of discontinuing or cutting back on her lessons. However she was just in her first horse show (she just turned 10 years old). We entered the show for fun as a special birthday treat for her. In the classes she was in she won 1st, 8th, 2nd and Reserve Champion. She also won 6th in a "just for fun" obstacle course on horseback.

She did so well (and surprised us so much) that my husband has decided she must continue with her classes no matter what the cost. See, he thought she was just in it for fun...which is fine...but it’s a lot of money if it were just for fun. After he saw her natural talent for the sport and her dedication he realized that it was so much more then "just for fun" for her.

If you want your parents to shell out the money you had better think if all you want out of it is fun. As a parent I need to make sure our money is well spent (we don’t have a lot to throw around). Your parents probably feel the same way. I recommend you ask for money to put towards lessons for Christmas, birthday, etc.. Ask if there are extra chores you could do to earn some money. My daughter is responsible for paying for half the cost of her lessons. All of her birthday money goes into a jar to help pay. She willingly does extra work to earn money.

Prove to your parents that you will work hard and are willing to pay for half and they will most likely help you out. Parents are always impressed by a willingness to accept responsibility.
 

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Thanks for your reply voodoo. I said that the my christmas present could be the lessons. I think I'm going to have to find a job, only a little one though - something like a paper round or handing out leaflets. Its so frustrating because whenever I bring it up, my parents get angry! My brothers not on my side either and he thinks its a stupid idea. Oh man!
 

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