Horse Riding Lessons in Franklin, Fairview, Dickson, Tennessee

“So you want to ride a horse?” 

This column is devoted to equestrian enthusiasts of all ages and all disciplines from those just wanting to get into the sport of riding to those already competing …  looking for tips from one of the top trainers in Nashville Tennessee area to help them succeed with their career with horses.

You are invited to submit questions to the Trainer Roger Van Doorene at and they will be answered either in the column or on the website www.vandorenshowjumping.com

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Lets get started. 

You think you like horses and want to give it a shot?

The best thing would be to see what discipline interests you, English or Western … two very different types of riding and just as competitive as each other. English is broken into the following major categories, Show Jumping, Hunters, Hunting, Eventing, Dressage, Racing, Polo, Endurance and Pleasure. Western involves Cutting, Reining, Roping, Equitation, Racing and Pleasure. The next step would be to find a trainer near you, who can introduce you to the sport in way that what you’re doing makes sense, you don’t want waste time as this can get a little costly. Getting started with the right trainer off hand is equally important in the fact that you need to get all the right basics to start off with … do not go for the cheapest out there, otherwise your just treading water and will have to relearn later down the line which will end up costing you more in the long run.

“Finding a trainer.”

This column is devoted to equestrian enthusiasts of all ages and all disciplines from those just wanting to get into the sport of riding to those already competing …  looking for tips from one of the top trainers in Nashville Tennessee area to help them succeed with their career with horses.

You are invited to submit questions to the Trainer Roger Van Doorene at  will be answered either in the column or on the website www.vandorenshowjumping.com

Now this could be a little difficult. Be aware one trainer can’t teach you everything you want to know … there is too much specialty in the sport. But before you even think about buying a pair of riding boots, I’d would start off looking at the various disciplines for instance, on the English side there is Show Jumping, Hunters, Hunting, Eventing, Dressage, Racing, Polo, Endurance and Pleasure. I’d take each facet of the sport and go and look online and you’ll get to have a feel what most likely would interest you. Try to go to an event or two in the area, you’ll get better and clearer comprehension of some of the dynamics of the sport. It can be very addictive!  You also need to understand yourself a little (it’s hard sometimes) and know your limitations, are you an outward gutsy competitive kind of person or slightly more reserved, looking more for the Cadillac kind of ride? It really doesn’t matter, as there is something for everybody. How are you with large animals? Horses can get very large! How are you with heights and a little speed?

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