1. Buying a rescue horse.
Although rescuing a horse is excellent, this is usually more appropriate for an experienced rider. Rescue horses can be anxious and difficult – many of them have come from abusive or uncomfortable situations. This makes them difficult to rider, especially for new riders.
2. Not getting a vet check.
This is super important. All horses will have certain issues, but you need to be aware of what they are and whether they will affect your intended riding goals.
3. Not cantering the horse.
A good tip for buying a new horse is to ask the current owner to get it to canter it. Cantering isn’t as natural as trotting or walking, so you can see how well the horse has been trained and how tolerant it is.
4. Not considering your riding goals.
You might meet a beautiful horse, but if it hasn’t had experience in your riding discipline, there isn’t much point buying it.
Make sure your horse is a match with how you intend to ride it.
5. Purchasing a wild horse.
Some people like the idea of breaking and taming their own horse. For obvious reasons, this is enormously challenging and should be done by a professional.
6. Rushing into a purchase decision.
It might be work considering leasing a horse for a while. That way, you can get a sense for what horse ownership is like. Most sellers will be happy to make an arrangement along these lines.
7. Buying a young horse.
Young horses (under the age of 2) are generally cheaper, but aren’t always suitable for people with little riding experience. They require more training, and this shouldn’t be part of your first-time horse experience.
8. Not considering your riding style.
By ‘riding style’ I mean the energy of your horse and the energy of the rider. If you’re a calm, collected rider, you may fit well with a horse with a bit more energy. But if you’re an energetic, excitable rider, you should be looking for a calmer horse.
9. Underestimating the importance of a good nature.
If it’s your first horse, you definitely need one that won’t react against your mistakes. Some horses can be very touchy, so they get frustrated by mistakes made by novice riders.
10. Buying a horse without visiting it first.
Some people get very excited by online horse sales and make a purchase without visiting the horse first. This is a huge mistake. You should aim to maximise the time you spend with a horse before you make the decision to buy it.
11. Buying a very advanced horse.
A highly trained horse can appeal to people that think the skill of the horse will make them ride better. But highly trained horses need highly skilled riders. If you’re a new rider, a highly skilled horses will likely end up in frustration for you and your horse.
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The 10 Most Famous Pilots In History
Lindbergh, being the first pilot to perform a transatlantic solo flight on May 20th 1927, is one of the most well known pilots of all time. He participated the flight to win $25,000, a prize that Raymond Orteig offered to the first aviator to fly from New York to Paris non stop. He took a route from Long Island, New York straight across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris. ‘
This brave woman earned her title to be the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean a single year after Lindbergh set the record. However it was her last flight of her career that brought her the most fame. Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe but she disappeared in the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. All other details of the flight remain a mystery to this day.
The Wright Brothers
Orville and Wilbur Wright accomplished the first flight of a heavier than air powered flying machine named ‘the Wright Flyer’. The flight occurred on December 17th, 1903 in North Carolina. The Wright brothers are known to be the founders of modern aviation.
General James Doolittle had a great career in the army and airforce. He performed the first flight just using instruments in 1928. However his most famous moment was the Doolittle Raid in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese. He trained a group of pilots to fly 16 US bombers and bomb important cities in Japan. This raid affected the morale of the Japanese so severely Doolittle received accommodation for it.
Baron Manfred Von Richthoven
The ‘Red Baron’ was an ace German pilot in WW1 who brought terror to the skies of the allied forces. He had the most victories out of all the pilots on either side of the war, shooting down 80 planes. In his final flight he landed his plane safely but was wounded fatally.
Charles Yeager was a fighter pilot and test pilot for the US Military. During WW2 Yeager served in the Army Air Force and shot down 14 German planes. After the war he trained to be a test pilot and was the first pilot to break the sound barrier on the 14th of October, 1947.
Erich Hartmann is known to be the most successful fighter pilot in WW2. He flew 1,404 missions and achieved 352 victories. Also he was never shot down out of his plane. His record set him on the list of top pilots ahead of the Red Baron, who was number one before Hartmann’s career.
Louis Bleriot was an aviation pioneer from France. He conducted different experiments with constructing and flying various types of aircrafts and went on to become the first pilot to fly across the English Channel in his own monoplane.
Florence Barnes was a skilled aviator and also the first woman to fly as a movie stunt pilot. In 1929 she competed in the Women’s Air Derby and set the new woman’s world speed of 196.19 which excelled Amelia Earhart’s previous record. She performed daring stunts in movies which brought her considerable fame.
Chelsey Sullenberger is a modern day aviation hero and is well known due to the Hudson River Crash. On the 15th of July 2009 Sullenberger was flying a passenger aircraft and a flock of Canadian geese struck the airliner and damaged both engines. Sullenburger had to decide in the moment the best way to land the plane safely. He performed an emergency water landing in the Hudson River and all 155 passengers survived.