ladyknightcasamawary: How can I take horse riding from a hobby to my life?
I have decided to have a career in horses and go to a horse university,. I am 17 but have been rding for only three years.
Besides majorly increasing my personal fitness, what else can I do to make my horse riding skills increase and start thinking of competing, and having lseeons at least twice a week?
Aswell I will obviously increasing my horsemanship skills as hopefully I will be getting my own horse next halfway through next year during my gap year.
Any tips, besides the fact that I will be poor forever? 🙂
Thank you in adavnce for taking my question seriously.
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Answer by jamielne
ride every day, do flexibility exercises, work as a groom or muck stalls at a show barn and watch experienced show riders ride. that’s how beezie madden got started, at least. good luck!
the only way to make your riding skills increase is to ride every day.Answer by Hansum B Wundrful
Dressage classesAnswer by equinerider26
You mentioned that you’ll be taking a gap year. Spend that year immersed in the horse world… mostly.
During your lessons, (especially if they’re group ones, like mine) think about things that you can improve. For example-when you’re warming up at the walk, see how far you can stretch your heels down. And at the trot and canter, drop your stirrups for one lap and pick them back up for another. This increases your leg strength and balance, and it helps you practice picking up a lost stirrup at the more jostling gaits.
Don’t just stick to the discipline you’re riding now. Find lessons in Western, if you’re riding English now (and vice versa). Spend some time learning about every nook and cranny of the riding styles out there- even if it’s just a lesson or two or if it’s just reading about it in a book. This way your that much more knowledgeable about different riding styles, horsemanship, training methods, and riding in general.
See if you can spend time with a trainer. You can learn about different training methods and hopefully pick up things that you can use later on. Many professional riders also train to keep up the bills before they get that “breakout” ride.
See if you can get a job as a groom at a well known showing barn in your area. This way, you can be in the competition environment and gain the mindset. You’ll also gain contacts and references for later. But I’m assuming you know that this pays… nothing.
Which brings me to my last (almost xD) point. Find a job in retail, etc. that you know a little bit about. Even if you work part time, it helps bring in the money. I would even go so far as to recommend that you save everything that you get from that job.
OK. Last thing- SAVE. I know it’s so obvious, but it’s necessary. Eat mac and cheese and ramen noodles. Don’t buy new clothes. Live at home. Go to the extreme. If you’re buying a horse 6 months before you go to college, you’ve got a double whammy of new costs coming your way.
I told you everything that I could think of because you didn’t mention what you want to go into. Pro rider? Trainer?
Wow. All this talk about horses makes me want to take a gap year myself. Hmm… Might have to consider it. 😀Answer by lisa m
You don’t have to be poor if you prove that you are knowledgeable and capable in whatever field you choose. I would suggest contacting local trainers and asking if you can work there at no cost to them during your free time. Take in what they say, question why they do the things they do. Some information you’ll find invaluable , other stuff will be discarded but you need to get out there and be exposed to different ways of training etc and it’s not enough to know how, you need to know why.
I’ve worked for trainers, breeders, polo players etc and I’ve been able to travel Europe and the US due to my job. There are great opportunities out there if you are prepared to work for them. The first step which will always set you up better than any degree is experience. I made a point of asking everyone that I ever worked for why they did things in a certain way and I made them explain it. I asked the vets why, why, why about meds, conditions etc. It’s the only way to learn and these are things that you can’t get from books. I wish you every luck for the future.Answer by Cassie the Sweetheart
i found a good mentor and he answers all my questions and is willing to demonstrate. find someone experienced to help out.
it all depends on what you want to do. i want to start my own ranch therefore i’m learning to ride western and rope and training my qh’s to cut.
way to go putting your passion to work!