Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
I too am a self taught rider...but for me, I rode horses...lots of horses. I asked a lot of questions, I watched, went to shows, had my rough times, hitting the dirt and not bouncing, asked more questions, had friends who were well versed in their chosen seat help me.
I don't think you can learn from you tube or some on line trainer, as it takes being there, seeing how you ride, the horse, so many little things that not "seeing" your unable to give good advice or lessons. Putting it up on you tube to let others pick it apart or give you advice, that again, is subjective ans you can have 20 people tell you 20 different things and it may not all be the same thing.
I have ridden horses who were mistreated, they taught me patience and a calm demeanor. I have ridden horses who were just snots and spoiled, they taught me to be firm and consistent in what I did with them. Horses who were young and hadn't seen a tarp before, taught at a camp for young up and coming horse woman, who were like sponges and I had to know that my skill was up to snuff as I didn't want to lead them astray. I have ridden Saddlebreds, TWH, QH, draft horses, Mustangs, Appaloosa, racing bred QH, TB's, you name it, I rode it.
It all came together, the time, effort, reading, doing it over and over till I got it, asking lots of questions from those more knowledgeable than I, as I now get to ride a horse who is a fox hunter, jumper, and trail horse. He is well trained, his owner commented that I ride well and all that has now come together as these people are very experienced.