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        10-28-2009, 06:09 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Smile Anyone wanna help me answer some questions?

    I'm doing a senior project about horses at school, and I need some interviews for it. If you'd like to help, please answer at least 5 of the questions below, either in the forum, or preferably in a PM, along with just a short bio about yourself.

    Thanks!


    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life?
    2. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses?
    3. How long have you been riding?
    4. How much time do you spend at the barn?
    5. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons?
    6. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship?
    7. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider?
    8. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend?
    9. What traits make for the best riding instructors?
    10. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you?
         
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        10-28-2009, 06:37 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Just for the fun and to help out !
    :)

    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life?
      They have changed my life in so many ways, they are my best friends and amazing. The one thing I love doing when im not happy is to go and see my horse and gallop through a field. Just grooming them seems to help me just ' get away'
      They really do communicate well with you and make you a better person.
    2. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses?
      My advice personally, since I want to be in the Equine Industry, is RIDE and practice and understand the horse. Try to get as far as you can, because you can't just wake up one day and say "Hey, I love horses, I don't know much about them, But im going to be a horse trainer or riding instuctor"
      No it just doesnt work like that, You really need to learn about the horse, and things that they do in the prospect's etc.. not saying you need to know everything front back, inside and out. But you do need to know about horse back riding and things that involve the horse!
    3. How long have you been riding?
      I have been riding for about 5 years now, Well.. straight for that, but I rode abit when I was younger just trail rides and started to take lessons at 10 years old. I am 14 now.
    4. How much time do you spend at the barn?
      I spend what time I can at the barn, my horses live at my house, so I don't have a barn yet, but we are hoping to build a barn and an arena soon !
    5. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons?
      I will have to personally say at around 8 and up. Preferably 10, not because that is when I started, but you have a bit more understanding on things when you get older :)
    6. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship?
      I've had my up's and downs, so I can't really give you a straight forward answer :)
    7. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider?
      Dont Jump into something right away, it takes time, but eventually you will get to the goal you want to do, Everything require's patience.
    8. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend?
      There are many lol !
      But I like reading what ever book's and websites I can get my hands on, I personally love reading horse magazines.
    9. What traits make for the best riding instructors?
      I think, that the best trait for riding instructors is to have a sense of humor and not always be serious, Laid back and know what they are talking about, Very Enthusiastic and kind, But willing to push you hard when you need it.
    10. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you?
      Just working with my horse is exciting to me, I am willing to really do anything, as long as it will involve a horse :)
         
        10-28-2009, 06:53 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I'm Drew. I'm 17 and a senior in high school. I have 3 mares and I have been eventing since I was 10, riding since I was 6.

    How has being involved with horses changed your life?
    Horses have made me very responsible. When you have to take care of another form of life since you were little, it's pretty much implanted into your brain to be responsible with everything else for the rest of your life. I think I am also kinder to others.
    1. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses?
      I would advise them to ride and understand riding and horses enough that they can answer any question that is thrown at them about horses. Someone who doesn't want to ride should not be a professional in the horse industry.
    2. How long have you been riding?
      I have been riding since I was 6... so 11 years.
    3. How much time do you spend at the barn?
      I spend a lot of time at the barn because my barn is about half a mile from my house. I own it and I can see the horses from my bedroom window. It's amazing!
    4. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons?
      I would recommend starting lessons early and often. Around 6 is a good age to start. They are just mature enough to understand riding but immature enough to try anything you throw at them!
    5. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship?
      I've had my horses taken away before. For a classified reason... but it was a very hard time in my life. When I got them back I was grateful for everyday I spent with them.
    6. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider?
      Please have patience. You won't be a grand prix rider overnight and many never even achieve that goal. Understand your horse and be patient with yourself and with him.
    7. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend?
      Practical Horseman magazine is very informative and educating. I also love US Eventing.
    8. What traits make for the best riding instructors?
      I love an instructor who actually likes my horse. My horse is very hard to get along with and it is apparent which instructors like her and which don't. It makes it very hard to listen to someone when they are having a bias against your horse.
    9. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you?
      Being with the horses. They are majestic animals and I find it amazing that our bodies just seem to fit so perfectly on their backs! :)
         
        10-28-2009, 10:21 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Thanks guys. I like reading these answers! :)
         
        10-29-2009, 06:48 AM
      #5
    Weanling
    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life?
    I think I'm happier now that I've found something I can be completely passionate about something. I think I've gotten in shape a lot more too because it's inspired me to work out so my legs get stronger and I don't get out of breath.
    1. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses?
    Stay with it and have a plan. That's what I'm trying to do.
    1. How long have you been riding?
    9 years.
    1. How much time do you spend at the barn?
    About 2-3 hours, once a week.
    1. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons?
    I think it would be good to start as early as possible! But really, anyone can learn how to ride horses, no matter how old.
    1. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship?
    Not getting down on myself when I mess up.
    1. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider?
    It may not seem very magical at first when all you can do it flop around, but you get better with each ride. Stay with it and try to learn as much as you possibly can.
    1. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend?
    This site is a great one to get good advice from other people and share your experiences. You can also just go to a library or bookstore and look in the nonfiction or sports section for informational books.
    1. What traits make for the best riding instructors?
    An instructor should know what big things you need to work on and not pick at every detail constantly. S/he should be supportive and push you to do your best but not be intimidating. S/he should encourage you and of course, teach you, in a way you understand.
    1. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you?
    Jumping. It takes so much concentration and focus and gives such a thrill when you get it right, that when you nail a jump you feel proud that you could do it.
         
        10-29-2009, 07:16 AM
      #6
    Yearling
    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life? Horses are without a doubt an amazing animal. Horses have taught me so much. They've taught me responsibility, commitment and how to go to bed early because you've got to get up early too! They are such a fulfilling (sp?) animal and nothing beats the feeling when your horse and you are just having a good day! But they teach you how to remain calm, even in situations where you want to cry your eyes out, yell and scream. You're their leader, through good and bad, so you have to be there for your horse just as much as its there for you.
    2. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses? Experience. Nothing beats experience. Passion is also a key thing, you gotta have that drive behind you. A lot of jobs in the horse industry are hard-working, low-paying jobs and you really need the passion and determination to succeed in it.
    3. How long have you been riding? Since I was about 6. It helped that my Mum used to ride a lot and that I'd always had a passion for horses.
    4. How much time do you spend at the barn? In the morning, about 40 minutes to an hour and a half. In the afternoon anywhere from 2 to 5 hours. :) Just depends on my horse.
    5. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons? I believe lessons can start whenever, as long as the child is interested. And no, I don't mean riding lessons, they could just be handling lessons if the child was young.
    6. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship? Getting my baby, Ricky. He's a yearling and to begin with I was iffy about buying him. I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to deal with a baby, but with lots of help and encouragement from my trainers, parents, friends I've learnt how to deal with young horses.
    7. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider? Just spend time with horses. Get to know them and their little quirks. Volunteer to groom, tack up, lunge etc. You just gotta get out there and try and give everything a go.
    8. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend? This forum, and I have wayyyy too many books that I would recommend. Just try and find a book that suits the style you ride or follow. There's no point reading a western book, if you ride completely and utterly classical english. Ok well, maybe there is if you want to broaden your horizons but make sure you read the right books for you.
    9. What traits make for the best riding instructors? Patience is a great trait. Being kind is also great. For me I personally like instructors who push you, but not too far if you get what I mean. They've also got to have that open fun personality and they've got to know about horses!
    10. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you? So hard to pick one, but galloping in the paddock or on the beach would be the best for me. Or just the simple feeling of when you and your horse are having a good day.
         
        10-29-2009, 08:18 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life? it destresses my life, costs me money, ruined my social life but I wouldnt change it for the world
    2. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses? think long and hard about it, there is not much money in it
    3. How long have you been riding? 13 years
    4. How much time do you spend at the barn? 3-4 hours a day
    5. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons? from age 6 up, then the child can actually concentrate for longer and be able to understand what is asked of them
    6. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship? nerves
    7. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider? keep on keepin on, you have good days and bad days but be warned it is highly addictive
    8. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend? kelly marxs, perfect manners
    9. What traits make for the best riding instructors? patience and understanding
    10. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you? hacking and just chilling out with the horses
         
        10-29-2009, 08:26 AM
      #8
    Yearling
    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life? I'm not stuck inside with nothing to do:) I made loads of new friends:) I've Fa social life with non-horsey friends:(
    2. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses? Marry someone rich! Lol
    3. How long have you been riding? 10 years
    4. How much time do you spend at the barn? At least 4 days a week. After school Tues Wed Fri then weekends
    5. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons? 7 or 8
    6. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship? Having a set back and you have to start from square one.
    7. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider? Stick at it even when it gets tough. Oh and if you fall off get back on or you'll regret it!
    8. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend? www.trotonline.co.uk Books: Black Beauty and the Heartland series
    9. What traits make for the best riding instructors? Be likable! Don't be constantly shouting.
    10. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you? Loads! Whenever I go down to the yard and Oscar has his head over the door waiting for me Seeing how far Oscar has come since being an unwanted, unloved 7yr old
         
        10-29-2009, 10:39 AM
      #9
    Trained
    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life? it hasnt, its always been my life !
    2. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses? ride as much as you can & as many horses as you can. Find a trainer with a good reputation & a lot of clients & work with them, learn from them, watch them, & use them as a resource !
    3. How long have you been riding? my whole life
    4. How much time do you spend at the barn? about half the day at least...i try to ride four horses a day
    5. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons? as early as possible
    6. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship? learning to be patient
    7. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider? work hard. & everyone makes mistakes, you never stop learning
    8. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend? the practical horseman, any of the pony club manuals
    9. What traits make for the best riding instructors? really tough & they don't take no for an answer. But at the same time caring & relatable
    10. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you? being with the horses & feeling that bond with them
         
        10-29-2009, 11:51 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    1. How has being involved with horses changed your life?
    I think I am much calmer than most people because of horses. They have also taught me to observe things before I approach them, because with a horse, you have to understand to some degree what they are thinking before you go and do anything with them.
    1. What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses?
    Don't focus on money, because you won't make a lot of it! Be patient with them, most of their mistakes are really *our* mistakes in handling them.
    1. How long have you been riding?
    Since I was about 2 1/2 or 3...
    1. How much time do you spend at the barn?
    I went from spending no time for a year because of school and a BIG move (to the city) to spending 3 afternoons and at least one weekend DAY at the barn :) But my growing up I went out everyday!
    1. What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons?
    I really think that depends on what kind of parents you have. You will get hooked, and if they aren't ready to support you 100% with your new hobby, you shouldn't get into it. My friend started riding and wanted a horse *so badly* but her parents didn't help her much and she resented them for it. But as far as actual maturity, if your horses aren't horsemen themselves... probably 6 or 7.

    1. What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship?
    Patience. I learn about it everytime I am out with the horses!
    1. What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider?
    Be kind to your horse, it's frustrating sometimes, but know that they are trying just as hard as you are to understand what you want!
    1. Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend?
    HF! :) I learn so much here!
    1. What traits make for the best riding instructors?
    A sense of humor!!!!! Patience and kindness, but not too kind, sometimes you need to get your @$$ chewed a little.

    1. What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you?
    The feeling I get after a great day at the barn. It's better than ANY high you can get :)
         

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