Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
I like many of your responses.
It's tough for me, because in the dog world, I'm very experienced. I work with rescue animals- evaluating where they are mentally and in their training, work with them to improve their manners, and even rehab dangerous dogs or problem dogs. I help decide what sorts of homes would be suitable for which dogs. I'm not a show person by any means, though I do obediance and agility, it's for fun and for the mental work and challenge to us as a team, not because I want to compete against others. Add to that being a vet student and my dog-cred is though the roof. ;) I know what it means to be x, y, or z level of owner or trainer or whatever in dog-world.
Then I get into horses, and started about as green as you can get since I grew up in the city. I knew nothing about anything! I have progressed rapidly. It seems that some sort of animal sense (and common sense) apply to both, though I had to learn to account for the differences between predator species (dogs) and prey species (cats). I wish I had a magic scorecard I could rank myself against to see where I fall on the riding ability scale. I might be getting some video to post in a couple weeks that would probably help there.
Sometimes I see people do things with horses... people that *should* know more than I do, if you go by time of experience anyway, and I get uncomfortable. Because who am I, the newbie with only 18 months of horse-time, to say anything?
But hey, two falls down, five to go, right? ;D