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How to Learn to Ride on a Tight Budget



Horse riding is a wonderful sport that keeps you fit, helps you to make new friends and teaches you new skills. Unfortunately it can also be an expensive hobby! There is no escaping the fact that you will need riding lessons if you wish to get into the sport and that can be a major challenge if you are on a tight budget.

Once you get the horse riding bug you won’t want to be restricted to the occasional outing so how do you minimise the costs of learning to ride?

Lessons


You will need to ensure that you find the best possible deal for your lessons. Take some time to compare the charges offered by your local stables. Don’t be tempted to travel too far in order to get a better price as your travel costs will soon start to outweigh any cost benefits that you have achieved. It is usually cheaper to buy lessons in bundles but don’t commit yourself until you have taken your first lesson. It is important that you establish that the sport really is for you and that you are happy with your chosen stables.

You may also find that riding off-peak will save you money. There may be deals for weekday riding and it could be worth rearranging your life a little to take advantage of these. You should also search online for special deals. These could be featured on site such as Groupon, Vouchercloud and MoneySavingExpert.

Working For Your Lessons


Ask the stables if they have any work that needs doing like feeding the horses or mucking out. You might not want to spend your time carrying horse feed and cleaning but it could be possible to trade your efforts for time in the saddle. In any case, if you work at the stable you will learn about caring for the animals. This will stand you in good stead if you are ever able to own your own horse or to gain a full time position at a stable. The more that you learn about equine care, horse feed and life at the stables the better the rider you will ultimately become.

The Gift of Riding


Choosing Christmas and Birthday gifts can be hard and perhaps your family and friends struggle to find the perfect presents for you. If that is the case then tell everyone that you want riding lessons and you will help yourself whilst solving their dilemma at the same time.

Riding Holidays


If you are lucky enough to be able to take a holiday then why not go riding? Combining your holiday with your hobby is the cost effective way to go. You can take riding holidays all over the world and there are some excellent low cost options in Europe.

Equipment


You can start out on your riding adventure wearing jeans and trainers or hiking boots. All you need at the outset is a riding hat. It is important to buy your own riding hat as you need to know that its safety has not been compromised in a fall. You will eventually need the correct clothing and equipment but you can buy this in stages when you find the right deals. Second hand items are great value and can be found on auction sites. You should also keep an eye out for equestrian sales. If you bide your time you can make impressive savings.

Compromise


Horse riding is never going to be the cheapest hobby but you can mitigate the costs if you are prepared to compromise. By choosing the right times to ride, doing some work at the stables and searching for the best deals you can afford to take the lessons you need to improve.

By FNEG (Flickr: 148) [],

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