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    04-24-2012, 09:36 AM
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Foal
Where to learn about horse care...

I would really like to learn about horse care, and not just the riding, but I don't think I will be able to learn it at my stables. The stable owner wants people to commit to either going every saturday/sunday or not at all, and I can't do that because I am not free every weekend. I am in group lessons so I can't spend my lesson time learning about it either.

I can't loan because I don't think I should stop my lessons and I can't afford both, so is there any other way to learn about horse care? My friend said to read about it, and I do, but I think I would learn about it better if I could actually do it.

I could try volunteering at a rescue, but I don't know whether they would want someone there who doesn't have a clue what they are doing, and as I am only 14 it might not be legal for me to help out there.

     
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    04-25-2012, 06:18 AM
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Showing
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
I could try volunteering at a rescue, but I don't know whether they would want someone there who doesn't have a clue what they are doing, and as I am only 14 it might not be legal for me to help out there.

Give it a go! I used to train people who had no clue what they were doing so that they were successful at grooming, caring for (health, feeding, etc.) horses.

Also books.. you can never read too many horse care books! An internship is also a good option, but you may have to wait a few years till then.

But till then, read up on it. Maybe look into horse camp! There are plenty of resources at your disposal :)
     
    04-25-2012, 09:48 PM
  #3
Weanling
My local rescues require that you be at least 16. But it depends on the barn. Most rescues are willing to teach because they need the help. I volunteered for a few months before I bought my first horse. It's really a great learning experience.
Also you can ask any questions on here!
     
    04-26-2012, 12:16 AM
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Trained
Read read read
     
    04-26-2012, 03:51 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I read so many books when I was young. I probably borrowed every horse book from the public library and would always look in second hand stores and buy old horse books.

It's good to learn by doing, but I think it's actually better to understand the concepts from books before trying it person. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming learning everything for the first time.
     
    04-26-2012, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by vergo97    
I could try volunteering at a rescue, but I don't know whether they would want someone there who doesn't have a clue what they are doing, and as I am only 14 it might not be legal for me to help out there.
Every rescue I know has youngsters working there (some as young as 8-9 year old coming with the parent supervising them). And lots of people who come and start working there don't have a clue on horse care. There is a good possibility they won't let you ride in rescue (since you are just 14, and I'm not sure how experienced rider you are), but helping with cleaning, hay, feeding, brushing, etc. - shouldn't be a problem.
     

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