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Saddle and Blanket on a Horse

New Rider Getting Assistance from Experienced Trainers Owning a horse is a big responsibility. One of the most important decisions you will make is determining the right horse to use or buy.

No horse or pony is always predictable! Horses are much larger, more powerful and faster than humans. A suitable horse should be appropriate for the person's level of horse-handling skills and as safe as possible for its intended use.

It is especially important that the novice owner does not get swept away by the color or visual appeal of a horse that may not be suitable for their skills and interests.

Once you find your horse, get a qualified person to help teach how to safely handle, ride, use and care for it.

Select a riding instructor or helper who has proper training and experience in working with youth or novice riders.

Join a group such as 4-H, Pony Club, or a breed association to gain skills and knowledge that make having a horse an enjoyable experience. Ongoing instruction and appropriate supervision will help develop horsemanship skills and make this a rewarding lifelong experience.

Source: Selecting the "Right" Horse for Youth or Adults

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