So update on our new lesson girls. We are coming up on two months with our new students and out of the 12 that went through last clinic two quit entirely at our barn and moved their horses to a "better facility" (in other words they moved to a new barn that would let them show up and climb on their already saddled mount ride and then throw said mount still tacked back into the cross ties and go home leaving someone to handle pesky details like untacking and cooling out and what not).
Of the other 10 that we have managed to keep with us about 7 are showing some real improvement. They are really interested in learn about their horses health care and seem to be picking up what we cover very easily. The other three are learning the material that is given to them but they are still struggling to see how feeding scheduals and shoeing scheduals and cleaning stalls is anyone's business but their grooms (which is not a service we offer but they seem to think that we should). Still they are sticking with it and putting in the effort and that's the important part.
I am very pleased with the majority of our new girls and my trainer has set me up with a weekly 2 hour mini clinic on saturdays so that these girls (and of course anyone else in the barn who wants to attend) can come and spend some extra time with the horses and learning more horsemanship skills if they want to and most show up almost every saturday which is very good to see.
I agree with you guys that as horse owners no one can be expected to know everything about every horse subject and I don't think that anyone should have to know every aspect about their horses at the drop of a hat BUT I think that we as horse people are responsible for atleast getting resources in place to help us be it an older more experienced horse person in our lives, a trainer, lesson instructor, books or even an internet forum like this one. I don't fault people for their lack of knowledge BUT I do feel that you CAN/SHOULD be held accountable for you lack of interest or effort in aquiring RELEVENT INFO about your horse. As in if you feed hay you should know WHAT hay you do feed or what grain you are on, etc. even if you don't know the specific names or brands I do think people should know what looks normal for their horse and what is not normal. I am so pleased that we kept the majority of our new students but I still think that more people, more instructors need to look a little farther than the saddle when considering their students horse educations and I would love to see more people set up clinics or atleast add more basic info into their everyday lessons. Its a little extra work BUT sometimes the effort is more than worth the rewards.....