Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Grand Lake, Oklahoma
Well, I should have been more detailed. But, a lot has happened as of yesterday. My trainer agreed to help me as long as I agreed to do lots of reading and learned different perspectives from other people so I can formulate my own opinion and skill sets. I've always had a passion for horses. I feel like I know a lot and I know I'm always open to learn something new about horses. I've taken a lot of time to read already, and am very proud to admit that every horse I have ever owned an ridden has taught me something that I still use today.
As for me, if experience is falling off a horse a billion times and always getting back on until you find out what the problem is, that's me. I get on any horse that my trainer tells me to. Sometimes it's resulted in some pain or a lesson learned, but hey - you don't live unless you learn. I don't think I'll be jumping around advertising for a couple years. I want to train, and I've recently constructed a new route to my schooling plan thanks to my brilliant mom.
Instead of going to school for two years in car cosmetics, I'm going to go to a vet tech and be an assistant. The valid reasons she gave me were: 1) I'd be getting to go back to my original dream job without having to be the vet, which had it's jobs I didn't really wanna do, 2) in situations where a horse is needed to be seen by the vet, or if I end up working under an equine vet, I get the potential possibility to reach out for more clients for my training job. So, I'd have two jobs that I love.
I'm also going to be working on refreshing myself on English. I like western a lot, and will always be a western rider, but I'm not just a western rider - I'm a horse rider. Someday, I will find a dressage trainer and learn that as well to expand my knowledge and skill. For now, I'll stick to what I can reach.
The horse I've recently fallen for - Butterscotch - is being taught manners with split rein. She also wants to fix his attitude problem under the English saddle. I haven't personally seen how he acts with it yet, but I'll find out after I work on my English on a forgiving horse. Then, I'll hop on him and see if he really hates that contact as much as Hillari claims. It could be fun!
I was taught to lunge yesterday. Diana, the woman who taught me, is Nancy's (my trainer) niece. I lunged two horses. I do have to work on a couple things, but she said I did much better than anyone else she's ever had to teach and told Nancy I was a natural. I felt great, especially after Nancy said, "Yeah, I know. It's because she wants to be."
I relearned how to see leads, and I learned what a cross canter was. This forum has also taught me a lot since I've joined. Amazing what the simple text from other horse folk can teach someone.
The main thing I have to work on myself right now is to stop being so hard in my left leg and to be a little softer in my hands for horses who don't necessarily need reins to be told what to do. It's my biggest problem right now, but I'm hoping that I can train myself out of it.
I'm not looking to really "open" for advertising until I finish school, which gives me lots of time to work with my trainer and possibly work/discuss with other trainers. This means I could have 2-3 years of self-training before I even blink at saying, "I'm experienced! Throw your horse my way!"
I do want advice. I want your scariest stories, your wise tales, and someday I'll get an SD card so I can record my riding so you guys can rip me apart piece-by-piece.