Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Victoria, Australia
I agree with Joshie.. You say it as though you know what you're talking about, but whether you could get on a horse you're not used to thats had minimal training and still be able to get it to collect and jump etc. and you also need to have experience out of lessons. You could be executing these moves perfectly, but the horse may just pick up on what you want him/her to do and just do it himself (because tahts what he's taught to do). I've been riding for 7 years, shown, eventing, dressage days, showjumping days, pony club, endurance, trail, polocrosse, campdrafting,, vaulting.. pretty much if its to try,,I've tried it.. I've had 5 horses (still with my 3rd 4th and 5th) and Im training a 4 year old with NO training whatsoever (as in, didnt know canter aid when i got him) and now im able to get him to collect, lengthen his trot stride, jump a metre high fence, jump ditches and cross country jumps etc. without a blink with an hour of help a week (keeping in mind i've had him for 2 weeks and missed a lesson, but rode a lesson before i got him) but i only consider myself intermediate. So really its up to what YOU think you are. People just starting out may think you're fabulous and expert of everything, yet others that have been in the game a bit longer may think you're only a beginner, as well as those in different disciplines may think you're very experienced or a beginner. It really just depends on what you're capable of doing outside of lesson times.
live for the good times,, forget all the bad,, love him forever and you'll be always glad!! So hug like you mean it,, and kiss in the night,, smile when they cant see and never ever fight!!