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post #1 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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How valuable is the HF?

So I've been coming to this forum for almost 2 years and I have learned TONS from this place. The benefits of having knowledgeable members with such various backgrounds are barely fathomable.

So my question is - what's your background? Are you a vet, farrier, trainer, pleasure rider? Where did you get your knowledge, and how did you start with horses? What are some of your accomplishments?

This will kind of put in perspective how invaluable the forum really is!

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post #2 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 09:40 PM
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I am an average home mom / amature rider. I have very little formal training in areas pertaining to horses.

But, I kin talk purty good, so that makes me valerbul to this forum.
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post #3 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I am an average home mom / amature rider. I have very little formal training in areas pertaining to horses.

But, I kin talk purty good, so that makes me valerbul to this forum.
Hahaha, well EVERYONE is valuable in some way, whether it's through their questions or answers. ;)

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post #4 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 09:46 PM
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I'm the average aspiring eventer and reiner, I suppose. An odd mix, I'll admit, but both are very important to me. I take lessons when I can and have brought along several young horses and am currently bringing along my Arabian colt in reining.

This forum is incredibly helpful and informative to me. Ive been a member for over three years and it's embarrassing how often I'm online!
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post #5 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 09:49 PM
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Wow you're so right!

I'm only 23, but I've been working with horses most of my life - lessons as a kid, then when I turned 14 I started volunteering at a horse rescue. That's where I learned almost everything I know actually about horses, rather than riding.
From there I grew up and wanted to work with horses but couldn't find many jobs that paid that my morals wouldn't have too many issues with xD I worked at many barns and even a carriage tour company, but alas my morals got the better of me yet again - I learned a great deal in those places, but I could only deal with so much.
I settled with being a therapeutic riding instructor, I also teach some recreational lessons too. I absolutely love my jobs and have learned so much more sense starting it - about people to and how to deal with them - I'm not great at that ^^

I have 2 of my own horses, both have taught me more than I could imagine, every day is a learning experience with them. I live with them and couldn't be happier :) Well maybe if I had one more horse - or a donkey... ;) we can always have one more right?

Honestly I don't know where I'd be without HF - I have learned so much about so many things I couldn't have ever dreamed of knowing! HF is what introduced me to clicker training, which has been wildly successful for me and my horses. I've learned so much about equine nutrition (thanks deserthorsewoman!!!), I knew a lot about bits, but also had SO much wrong!! Thank you HF for showing me the light!
I think the most important thing HF has taught me is how to share points of views in a balanced, polite, all-be-it sometimes emotional way. I find horse people are all so opinionated and so firm in their beliefs and opinions, I am not excluded from that - so it's been great to learn about other's styles and opinions and how to balance out my own ideals with something more realistic or balanced. :) It really has been an eye-opening experience on here - thank HF!
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post #6 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 10:09 PM
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I've been around horses for a long time, heck, I've been around a long time
Started taking lessons when I was 11, old German style riding school, at 15 helped establish a riding stable (which still exists, btw), then I stopped for a few years, at 23 I couldn't stand it any longer, and got my very first horse, an OTTB. He taught me so much and got me hooked on hot-blooded horses. My second horse was also an OTTB, and the others just kept coming
For several years I had a herd of 14, bred Arabians. Leaving Germany, I took only 3 with me, but was quickly up to 5 again, a rescue here and there.

Now I'm down to two, enjoying it immensely, finally having time to ride.

My favourite subjects are feed(hello PunksTank), hooves and general care, and alternative therapies.

Since I grew up with dressage, im still strongly influenced by it, therefore like Spanish and Vaquero style.

Im more or less constantly on this forum, thanks to having a smartphone, and really enjoy it.
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post #7 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 10:28 PM
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Im an Aussie, and stumbled across this forum one day whilst at school, a few years ago (I was previously Sommsama09 before asking for my account to be deactivated, explaining this would be my account that I would make). I am a english rider, am brushing up with some lessons at the moment, after a accident a few years ago caused me to loose my confidence. Where I am taking my lessons, they also rescue and rehab horses, and then use them for riding in their lessons (riding/horsemanship etc) or sell them on to riders there etc. I am surrently working there one day a weekend, helping to teach hids horse handling and grooming/tacking/washing etc.

I used to work at a stud, who own Halleys Comet (who my username is named after), who is a QH mare - my hearthorse also.

Mmm... Used to ride friends horses and help out at shows with their horses, and the lady who's stud I had work at's horses. Also worked at a racehorse stable (am currently, finishing in a few weeks - only work on Fridays) to gain my Cert 1. In Stablehand but that got stuffed up as they didnt enrol me for the paperwork...and I have worked at the racehorse stable.... ALL year... Yes shoot hoot the fan, and I am getting nothing, apart from insight to racehorse stables.

I dont really have any horsey accomplishments, however I used to be (I dont like bragging :blush: but this is my only accomplishment really) a state championship swimmer.

I LOVE coming on HorseForum, it has helped teach me alot (mainly in conformation, colour genetics, LWO etc etc)

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post #8 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 10:34 PM
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I'm a sixteen, almost seventeen year old- so as expected, I don't know nearly as much as many forumers so I caution that my advice should always be taken with a grain of salt.

I come from a town that honestly just doesn't seem to know much about horses. All of the stock is fed 'all stock' feed or sweet feed, a farrier only has to be strong enough to use the nippers to be 'qualified' and mechanical hackamoors, tomb thumbs, and twisted wire bits are prevalent. I started this forum as a 14 year old and it has given me a lot of insight. While it is not able to provide me with all of the information that I want, it gets me on the right track and from there I have sought out the few experts that we do have in my area to teach me. I now consider myself to be 'average knowledge' when it comes to nutrition, health, etc- and I am learning to train horses under two very good (though not well known) trainers.

Some of my experience comes from them, some comes from trial and error with my miniature horse and her molly mule filly. Other experience is from me being an intuitive thinker. I LOVE to learn and spend many hours reading veterinary journals, watching videos, and asking questions. It is how I have learned a great many things.

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post #9 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 10:38 PM
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Hmmm let's see. Guess you'd call me a pleasure rider. Still seeking two pleasure/trail type horses of my own for me and hubby. He tells me I am way too picky!

Basically I was born and raised with horses. Mostly Arabians and Quarter Horses. Sold my last one shortly before I got married. That right there should have told me something! Nothing good came out of that decision ;). (Errr I better clarify, in case Hubby sees this. I'm referencing my first marriage there ;))

Most of my knowledge I learned through instructors and 4-H. Reading and being a dare-devil when I was young to see what I could and couldn't do. Showed in open and state shows, county fairs, etc. Halter, Equitation, Trail and Western Pleasure were my chosen disciplines. Trained a couple of my own horses. Accomplishments are pretty much in the past and nothing but a distant memory anymore. I held my own and enjoyed the process.

I have found LOTS of great information through this forum. I've learned I still have a pretty good handle on how to do things. Most things haven't changed much but have been given new and fancy names. Other things such as feed have gotten WAY over complicated LOL

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post #10 of 32 Old 11-06-2012, 10:52 PM
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I'm 21 and have been on a horse since I could walk.

I started out riding around the house, and took formal English lessons from age 6 to 9.

I was on a cutting team with my dad and his buddy by the time I was 9, and we won some championships in that. I was riding higher level cutting horses in competition by age 13. At 14, me and my dad started a trail riding club that rode every weekend on Saturday and Sunday. I dabbled in play days, barrels and poles during that time also.

When I turned 16, my dad lost his job and we sold all of our horses. The ones we loved, we gave to close friends.

I graduated, moved off, and came back between the time I was 16 and 20, and rode horses a few times a year.

When I was 16, my very first horse gave birth to a perfect filly and I pulled her into my lap as soon as she hit the ground. She hasn't forgotten it, because she still tries to sit in my lap.

Long story short, we sold the filly, and a few months after I moved back home with my parents I saw a for sale add on Craigslist for my filly! She was 5 and trained in cutting and WP. I bought her (of course) and since one is never enough bought a grey mare from a ranch for my trail riding horse.

Recently, I bought my third that I want to get back into English riding with.

I am extremely confident on horses. I will ride anything anywhere and not blink an eye, but because I was out of horses for so long and was so young when I had them, a lot of the technical/advanced/random stuff no one ever taught me has escaped me. This forum has been awesome for helping me with those things!
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