I know a lot. Just because I didn't know how to lunge doesn't mean I'm stupid. I just never had the opportunity to learn lunging. I've watched lunging a lot, read about it, and apparently I'm a flippin' natural. I've worked in round pins very successfully, but I hate doing so because you never know when a horse could slip or catch his leg while bucking (and I only did it when Nancy told me to do so). I really, really love to learn how to ride Dressage, but I don't know that I can at my barn. I'm waiting until I learn all I can where I'm already at.
Yes, I have handled a stallion before. I was rightfully scared ****less, but I didn't show it and I made him mind his manners while I had my hands on that lead-rope. There's always at least one stallion around the ranch, and I swear they're all more well mannered on the lead than half the gelding or mares tend to be. I know that's just because most are older and have been taught well, though.
I used to flex my older mare's fore legs a little and stretch them forward carefully so I could make sure she was doing good, especially when it got colder.
I have tack knowledge. I'm no expert by any means, but I know the basics and, well, my memory isn't good enough to remember what bits are called.
Like I said, I know I'm nothing anyone would want to hire. Right now I "train" Nancy's horses for free. AKA, I get on and work them until they're easy enough to ride for others. Right now my projects are a mother and daughter who need to become trail ponies. The daughter was amazing today, and the mother is starting to come around. Lots of separation anxiety though from the mother, so she keeps trying to haul butt to the gate. Heh, so I made her stay in the opposite end for a few minutes.
I know how to teach manners. I've lead around too many horses who wanted to walk on me, bite me, or jump around like a moron. One broke my toe. He stayed off my feet after that. The mini that bit my leg didn't bite too **** hard - there was no marks. I did break him of it. He was a year old stally that was adorable and lovable, but ornery than hell. And I always get on every horse I fall off of again that day.
I know falling off and getting back on doesn't prove skill, but I think it proves I'm determined enough. And I'm kinda thinking that's what my trainer likes about me. I can't tell you how many times she had told me to get on someone's horse while in the middle of a lesson (a few years ago) when most days that rider could out ride me. I guess it's because I've fallen enough to know there's no point in being scared if you're going to get on a horse at all. That just makes it worse. Also, thanks for replying.
Your bluntness reminds me of Nancy, haha. I've got basics, but it's a bit all over. But you gave me a bit of a list. If you want, message me a whole list and I'll save it. I'm taking this seriously.