After originally looking at this site for general tips, I found your posts to be the most honest, level-headed and exact. They just make sense. I come from Massachusetts, and, don't get me wrong, but most of us New-Englanders think "our" way is the right way. I've only supposed there are a lot of "right" ways, and in the 14 years of being in the "new england horse community," I've only found very conflicting information, leaving me and my horse very confused. Your standpoint on training and riding is refreshingly simple. Thank you.
I am an apprentice and instructor, and in the past year I have chosen to dedicate my time and efforts to horses. I am very interested in your request for an apprentice--I made an account on here just to tell you so haha. Though, because I'm new I cannot private message you (I did read your whole post!). Perhaps you can message me?
I am 100% committed to a life with horses. I lean towards providing therapeutic riding, though I definitely have a competitive edge as well. I've ridden for 14 years and am comfortable through all terrains and gaits. I do not, however, feel confident on my knowledge. I know quite a bit, but I feel there are many gaps in my education and, in the past year, have felt near helpless in figuring where to begin to learn it all. As I explained it to my neighbor once, "I feel there's no one book you could read to learn it all. There's not even an encyclopedia set that could do that. It's all years of experience and hundreds of books, but mostly experience." I was just about ready to give up on apprenticing and go back to traditional school...thinking it would take decades to become a respected horse professional. Your call for a long-term, hands-on apprentice gives me a ray of hope that maybe I could become that after all. I know it'll take time, determination, and heart. I've got that. :)
I will be upfront though, June 1st is very soon for such short notice, so we would have to negotiate a time that works for both of us. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Thank you! Alyssa