Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
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 04:26 PM.