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post #21 of 124 Old 05-18-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hey! Anything positive going on?
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I think I found someone thats offering to help. He works with reining and cutting horses and also people to ride better. Im hoping that this may be a second chance at learning to ride better. I appreciate you taking the time and talking to me and helping me. Maybe we will meet again and talk to each other again. Thanks again for your help.

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post #22 of 124 Old 05-18-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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OP - try contacting your local extension office -ask for the contact info of the local 4-H horse/pony leader. They will be a gold mine of information for all the "horsey" set in your area - may well point you in the direction of someone who can help you and your horse start building a better foundation to move forward on. You may even find someone who can help you overcome the transportation complication by working with you on-site (less common, but does happen). Or you might consider taking some lessons at a barn without having to take your horse along - learning on one of their BTDT lesson horses will give you a skill set (and confidence ) that you can carry home with you to transfer to your work with your own horse.
Thanks for the advice. I think I may have found some help here locally. I pray that this time it will work out and can truly help me. Thanks for taking the time talking to me. Hopefully we will meet again and talk to each other again?
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post #23 of 124 Old 05-19-2012, 12:24 AM
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I think I may have found someone that may help me. He is in the Texarkana area and seems to understand my situation. Im praying that this time it will work for me. I want to meet new people and befriend others that are involved in horses, I feel kind of left out and strange by asking any horse person if I can join them without even knowing them. Thanks for your help and time for talking to me. Hopefully we can talk again.
Of course :) Feel free to shoot me a PM anytime.

I hope this guy is the real deal. Make sure to talk a lot about horses with him and report back to us. Some people are wonderful, others are bad news.

Fingers crossed for you!
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post #24 of 124 Old 05-19-2012, 12:46 AM
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Help!! Need Advice

I found my instructor at a western clothing store, she had posted her business card. I was in the same spot, love horses, had done some riding, and wanted to get better. My husband is an excellent horseman, not such a good teacher. I was looking for tack when I happened by the store's bulletin board. I was told there were no instructors in the area. She was 45 minutes away and yeah the gas prices sucked. I was determined to learn. I own two horses now and am very happy. Good luck.
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post #25 of 124 Old 05-19-2012, 02:21 AM
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Just be careful and meet this guy out in a public place the first few times....K? Don't give up too much personal info.

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post #26 of 124 Old 05-19-2012, 07:18 AM
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Just be careful and meet this guy out in a public place the first few times....K? Don't give up too much personal info.
Yeah! Good advice, and let us know how it goes!! Bring a friend or two even.
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post #27 of 124 Old 05-19-2012, 09:11 AM
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I would post something on craigslist there are other people that might have small boarding facilities at a house near you . I think the best way to learn is just to be around other people and if that's not possible I don't think you're being fair to yourself or your horse .
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post #28 of 124 Old 05-19-2012, 09:35 AM
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I'm with Northern Mama on this. Talk to the folks at your local tack and feed store, ask if they know anyone who gives lessons. Also, ask if there riding clubs or arenas in the area that you could join.

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post #29 of 124 Old 05-19-2012, 09:49 AM
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What I have suggested to people in your situation is to experiment. When riding at a walk, see how he responds if you stroke the rein with your little finger a few times. He will teach you what works with him. Use a snaffle bit for this. Stay to a walk. If you are apprehensive, then he too will be apprensive. Deep breaths are relaxing.
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post #30 of 124 Old 05-20-2012, 12:08 AM
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One thing you will always find, true horse people are true horse people. I mean, I've moved 6 hours south of where I used to live. I thought this was a non horsey area because like.. theres no major public riding stables anywhere in an hours drive of here. Anyway, at work one day, this older man noticed (and recognized) my boots and asked if I ride horses, because, hey, they're horse boots! Well, hell yes I ride, but not now because I can't find horsey people! We got to talking, and he gave me his wifes number because she trail rides weekly with a group of ladies and between him and her they have like 6 horses. He can't ride anymore due to injury so invited me to exercise and put miles on their horses for them. Wow, he doesn't even know me and just invited me to ride his horses. I called his wife and stopped by one afternoon after work; she handed me a halter and described one of her horses she wished to see me interact with, and I was on my own. She kept an eye on me, but I just walked up to this mare, caught her with real ease (yay hay piles), brought her out to an open area, and lunged her, worked with her a little bit. Then I got to ride her. I mean, this lady didn't know me, but gave me free rein with one of her horses, let me ride her the first day, and we've been buddies since. I trail ride every week with her and her group if I can, and stop by on days I leave work early to ride for exercise.

Like I said, horse people are horse people, it's something easily bonded over, even between complete strangers. If you keep at it, and leave yourself open, you will find the connections you are looking for.

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