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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.

Asked By: ladyknightcasamawary - 8/2/2007
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You mentioned that you'll be taking a gap year. Spend that year immersed in the horse world... mostly... More
Answered By: equinerider26 - 8/2/2007
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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!
Answered By: jamielne - 8/2/2007
 
the only way to make your riding skills increase is to ride every day.
Answered By: westerngamergirl - 8/2/2007
 
Dressage classes
Answered By: Hansum B Wundrful - 8/2/2007
 
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... More
Answered By: lisa m - 8/2/2007
 
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!
Answered By: Cassie the Sweetheart - 8/3/2007
 
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