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    07-07-2010, 08:55 PM
Mmm Hmm - Spyder is right.

Lets go back to Ancient Greece - I mean, way back. Xenophon was the first man who came out with a horse training book titled "The Art Of Horsemanship, A Training Guide For War Horses" and it rippled down from there. Not saying he was the first to ride.

To the Romans, to the Austrians, to the Millitary, to what we see today. Of course there are others that fill in the gaps between those I've posted....but that's all I can think of right now.

We can watch an Olympic Dressage Competator ride a test, and we can see bits and pieces of the heratige of riding in their style and way of going. We can look at some Hunter/Jumpers and Eventers and we can see remnants of the Millitary style.....

The point is, is that riding has evolved. Education has evolved from greats of the past - and what we see today at top levels is where it is for a reason. Many of those "Greats" had coaches, who had coaches - who molded them and formed them into what they became, to beable to be that much of an asset in the riding world.

Big names like George Morris, Jim Wofford, David O'Connor, Beezie Madden, Eric Lamaze, Rodrigo Pessoa and the list goes on. They all had coaches, and now are coaches, who still move forward in their education and experience. Who's students will become coaches and make it in the sport.

Of course there has to be natural ability and talent and the gumption to get up and learn and grow themselves, but you can't make it anywhere without guidance and assistance from someone who is already there. Doesn't have to be a Pro, but should be higher than you in levels.
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    07-07-2010, 09:34 PM
Green Broke

Again, I don't think anyone is insinuating that. If my aunt got as far as she did without a coach, image how much further she's gotten WITH a coach? Nobody is saying you can't do it (probably) better with a coach then without - we're saying it's not some all impossible feat to learn to ride and often ride well without guidance for quite awhile.

Everyone reaches a point where they probably aren't going to go any further, or at least any further and win, without a coach. But if you're happy to trail ride your whole life, who needs to waste money on a coach?
    07-22-2010, 04:45 PM
I'm self tough, my dad (after we got out of the racing business) threw me up on a horse & said "Here you go kid, go get 'em". He would jump around scare me or the horse, its how I learned to stay on.
He always said "If you can't deal with a little bit of jumpiness then you have no right to ride".
    07-22-2010, 05:36 PM
I was taught to ride till I learned to stay in the saddle in canter. Then I quit the stable and now I am self-taught. I think I did quite a job, and so did my mare. She taught me a lot, she really isn't easy to ride. I would like to get some trainer now, but for me as well as for my mare. I think I am not on lower level then the others riding the smae length of time. I also tried to learn how to jump, I jump just about 50 centimetres, but it's just for joy, no competitions.
    07-22-2010, 06:46 PM
I started out 100% self-taught. I liked horses, I volunteered at a stable for riding time and bought my own when I was 14. I couldnt afford a saddle *AND* a horse so I rode bareback for the first year. I remember being annoyed because I wasn't allowed to show the first year...was actually asked to leave the ring in my first competition...because I didnt have a saddle! I didnt think they were necessary! I learned from King who was the ultimate teacher. I've taken a few lessons since then and in my opinion, they were failures. I like riding. I like being with horses. I am a decent rider. What I am not is a perfectionist. I ride well, I stay out of my horses way, I can execute good cues and can ride a pattern bareback naked backwards. If my heel pops...its not the end of my world. If I lean a bit forward it doesnt crush me. Could I be a better looking rider with lessons? Abso-freakin-lutly! Do I care enough? Nope.

That being said, I do respect a well taught rider. I think lessons are important if you wish to take your riding further than the trail. Those days are long gone for me!
    07-22-2010, 07:52 PM
I've been riding for about 13-14 years and have been taking lessons up until 2 years ago. I would still be taking lessons if a) I was planning on competing or b) I had a younger horse I wasn't quite as comfortable training on my own.

I think it really depends on the person. I know I could have hopped on a horse and been self taught, but I come from a completely non-horsey family and my parents were horrified at the idea of letting me ride a horse without having had lessons first. It just continued from there. I also became incredibly competitive in jumpers and eventing, both disciplines where I would not have wanted to try to self-teach myself in any way, shape, or form. Not only am I a perfectionist about my riding, but I'm also very aware that no matter how many books I read and videos I watch I will never be at the competitive level I want to be without a trainer.
    07-22-2010, 07:57 PM
I personally have been getting lessons for my whole horse riding life (about eight years). Last year though after moving I no longer have an instructor and have been sort of teaching myself. I personally think that everyone should have a go with teaching themselves, I've improved my jumping position so much by moving at my own pace and doing what I want to do. I guess you could say I'm 'screwing around' with my riding. I know my horse doesn't mind if I stuff something up.

I have come so far with my horse by teaching myself, I've used methods from all over the web and my knowledge that I already had and I've improved so much and so has my horse.

I guess you could say its personal preference.

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