How do you know? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 122
• Horses: 0
How do you know?

I am very new to the horse word, so don't laughter to hard I'm just trying to learn all I can.

I hear people talking about all this tack and what bits to use for this or that so on and so on. Where do you learn all this stuff. Is it just through experience, classes, friends...?
Horse Dreamer is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 03:14 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 6,040
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Horse Dreamer View Post
I am very new to the horse word, so don't laughter to hard I'm just trying to learn all I can.

I hear people talking about all this tack and what bits to use for this or that so on and so on. Where do you learn all this stuff. Is it just through experience, classes, friends...?
I would start with reading some beginner books. Look on Ebay for inexpensive used books. Then I would suggest some lessons at a nearby stable.
churumbeque is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 03:21 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,188
• Horses: 3
Books are a fine place to start, but lessons from a professional trainer and being around other horse people are where most of your knowledge will come from.

Heck, I've had horses for over 30 years and I still don't know all the bits, and how they're used or why! You'll never learn it all; it's just not possible.

Your best bet is to pick a discipline you like, and learn everything you can from every resource available. This includes books, DVDs, professional trainers, and other horse people.

I never laugh at newbies who actually want to learn something. It's the noobs who have had a horse 6 months and suddenly become an expert on all things equine, that I can't stand.

And don't get me started on the people who can't find their bums with both hands yet think because they now have a horse, that they're some kind of wunderkind 'trainer'......

Good luck. It's hard breaking into the horse world, but once you're in you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn as long as you stay willing and open to suggestions, especially from professionals and those who have had horses awhile.

The one thing I've discovered is that you don't STOP learning. Each horse and discipline has something to teach you, and it's endlessly fascinating.

Last edited by Speed Racer; 02-01-2010 at 03:26 PM.
Speed Racer is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 122
• Horses: 0
We have started with a trainer. Right now it's all about the basics. You know this end eats this end poos.
Horse Dreamer is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 06:11 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,613
• Horses: 0
Unless the stable you pick offers theory classes, you won't learn much background information by taking riding lessons. I remember, when I was riding at the highest level my barn offered, the teacher decided to play a game with us. She would ask a question about horses and the person who answered got to do a jump or steal someone else's horse. The other riders' level of knowledge about horses was what mine was when I was, oh, ten... because I READ BOOKS. I tried not to answer all the questions but it was hard Some of them didn't even know what a martingale was called or what it was for, just how to put one on. They didn't know where the croup or the poll was. It was scary really.
ponyboy is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 06:24 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 171
• Horses: 3
Sometimes the only way to learn is by talking to people and asking questions. Other things you pick up along the way. Always read books. My younger decided she wanted a horse and six months later she still doesn't know what bit her horse wears, or why.
It can seem daunting at times, but it's well worth it. Never forget to learn the parts of your horse too because, trust me, it comes in handy. I never thought it would when I started.
A good book to read (if you can find it) is Stuart Tinney's Making The Time. A very good book from a very good rider. The first few chapters detail the tack your horse wears and when and why you should use particular bits. It's mostly cross country riding, but I read it a couple of times because it was very helpful.
Hope that helps! Good luck! =)
darkwillow is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 122
• Horses: 0
Thanks guys! These are all very helpfull ideas. I will start looking for some good books. I love to read, might as well read about something I love.
Horse Dreamer is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 02-01-2010, 10:45 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 21,169
• Horses: 7
I've learned from trainers, friends, trial and error... I've read in books but I prefer the advice of friends and trainers over books sometimes. I ask a lot of "dumb questions" here on the forum. I've even learned to *gulp* bend a little on my training beliefs...did I really admitt to that?

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 01:52 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 21,984
• Horses: 24
Haha, FP.

Books and internet research is a wonderful place to start but IMHO, there is no replacing the conversations and wisdom that you can get from hanging around knowledgeable horse people. Even if you may feel silly asking something that everyone else seems to know, that is the only way to learn. Most people will be willing to help a person who asks an honest question for the purpose of learning more.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 02-03-2010, 01:18 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 6,040
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
Unless the stable you pick offers theory classes, you won't learn much background information by taking riding lessons. I remember, when I was riding at the highest level my barn offered, the teacher decided to play a game with us. She would ask a question about horses and the person who answered got to do a jump or steal someone else's horse. The other riders' level of knowledge about horses was what mine was when I was, oh, ten... because I READ BOOKS. I tried not to answer all the questions but it was hard Some of them didn't even know what a martingale was called or what it was for, just how to put one on. They didn't know where the croup or the poll was. It was scary really.
Not sure how old you are but I grew up during The lone Ranger and Bonanza and I also learned a ton from books. Especailly some of the care involved.
churumbeque is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome