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post #1 of 4 Old 08-19-2009, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Horsemanship class!

So yesterday I went to sign up for classes at the community college in my town and guess what?

They totally have a horsemanship class and it's taught by one of Richard Shrake's kids, or a relative of his (I'm not sure exactly). I have no knowledge of his practices or anything I just thought that it was cool that I'm gonna have someone rather famous teaching me stuff.

I'm really excited about it because I have never had actual real lessons that were more than "so, what do you want to do today?" sort of lessons. Hopefully I'll be able to learn a lot and really improve my "skillz." Haha

They had a choice of Beginning or Intermediate Horsemanship. I signed up for Beginning because even though I could probably handle the intermediate class I don't want to be totally over my head since my lessons have always been kinda low key. And I can always do intermediate next term!

I'm going to be riding one of the school horses at the place where the class is going to be and I'm not a big fan of new horses. Some people are fine with just hopping on a random horse they've never seen before and cantering off into the distance, but I'm not one of them. Haha So hopefully the beginning class will help me get over that because I know my skill level is probably high enough that I can probably deal with most stuff that could happen (but what school horse is gonna go all biserk on you? haha) but I still worry. Haha

Anyway, I'm super excited!

Does anybody have any experience with Richard Shrake's practices? Anything you know that I should know/practice to do well in this class?

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-19-2009, 08:57 AM
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I took horsemanship classes through college and also rode on a collegiate equestrian team! I loved it because my Beginner Horsemanship class counted as a PE credit. It was also great because it was such a good release for me. If I had a rough day, I knew I'd get to go to the farm and ride. A lot of the people had really never been on a horse, but everybody ends up learning a little bit.

You do get over the thing about new horses though. It just takes a little getting used to. Once you have though, it is awesome. It is so neat to get on and figure out their buttons and then how to make them work!

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Wow that sounds liek so much fun! lucky you! i wish there was something like that in my area but that will never happen! good luck and have fun :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-19-2009, 09:07 AM
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UGA has an equestrian team and so does Berry College... I'm not sure about any of the others, but I know that they do!

Also, how far are you from Perry GA??? They have such an awesome horse show facility there! I love driving by it!
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