> I was wondering if anyone here might be willing to help someone fairly new
Can you tell us exactly =how= new you are to horses? Have you taken
any riding lessons and, if so, for how long?
>I got my first horse about a week back and need some advice on
>breaking him to drive and to ride.
>I was just wondering if anyone could give me any leads on good resources for
>a beginner. Web sites, books, videos, anything at all would help.
The very best thing you can do is find yourself a trainer who is
willing to teach you not only how to ride (and drive if that is what
you want) but also to direct this horse's training schedule.
I took about 2 years of riding lessons before I bought my QH from the
trainer who had taught me to ride. Sonny was 4 1/2 years old and had
had 3 months of professional training, so he was "green-broke" (in
other words, he knew walk, trot, canter, halt, backup, and basic left
and right turns only). I continued to take lessons from my trainer
for at least 1 1/2 years after that while I was still riding Western,
and began taking lessons from other trainers when I started riding
English. In the early days with Sonny, these lessons were as much to
learn what new things I should be teaching him as they were for me to
improve my riding. Thir*** years after buying him, I continue to
take lessons, but mostly to fine-tune my riding.
As far as books go, I'm not sure what to recommend for a complete
beginner. Once you're beginning to feel comfortable riding and want
to refine things the first book I'd recommend to anyone is Sally
Swift's "Centred Riding." It is full of wonderful images that are
useful to get you riding really "with" the horse.
But as I am sure many knowledgeable people will tell you, the =most=
important thing is to work with a horseman who is experienced in
training horses. If I hadn't followed the route of working with a
trainer in lessons, it would have been like the blind leading the
blind, because I had to learn =everything= before I could begin to
teach it to my horse.
Richard and Sun Valley
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
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