I began my horse journey four years ago just watching and getting to know my neighbor's horse. One year ago, my husband and I decided it was our turn. We had ZERO experience. After MUCH reading, talking to experts, horse boot camp, lessons, and of course, Monty's lessons, we now have the most amazing horses and are enjoying every second.
Of course, the learning curve is HUGE; we have so very much yet to learn. We continue to take lessons and do our part to love and care for "our boys".
My suggestion for a group of lessons would be to start with an older lady (I'm 61) or older couple, and let us follow them through their journey, teaching us everything that they would need to know.
Our major lesson learned was not to trust people when buying a horse, so that might be a good place to start. If Monty could walk people through how to find an average priced good horse and what to look for in a seller as well as the horse, that would be such a benefit.
Our horses cost $2,000 for a 15 yr. old who the vet says is really 20, and $3,800 for our 14 yr. old who actually came with papers. Our old gentleman has a bad case of thrush and probably arthritis. Our younger gentleman has missing teeth and a clogged tear duct. Needless to say, we wouldn't trade them for the world. However, we were clueless, as are many owners. In fact, the pony I first bought a few months ago literally bucked off the 13 year old gal who bought him from me. She didn't care, she wanted him anyway. However, as a 61 year old with osteoporosis, that owner might have mentioned that little issue to me.
I am very grateful for all the knowledge I am gaining through Debbie's podcast on Horsemanship Radio as well as all of the amazing lessons, forum questions, etc. on this university.
God Bless and may you have many wonderful horse hours in your life!