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        10-17-2013, 11:48 PM
    Originally Posted by GreySorrel    
    What is a pacer at a race track? If they were being used, that means they were at one time broke to ride?
    Yah, they were just in harness pulling a cart.
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        10-18-2013, 12:14 AM
    I was never sent for lessons and don't even remember learning so I'm guessing I learned on my own with some basics from my older sister who never took a lesson either.

    About 8 years ago my hubby was having some serious health issues so didn't want me to train a couple of youngsters that were ready to start (couldn't have afforded both of us laid up if there was a serious mishap) so we took them to a trainer. They specialize in training reiners but will also start youngsters, they board, do lessons the whole 9 yards. To give you some idea about how long they've been in business, he was the all around high point AQHA youth champion sometime in the 60's and it was his grandfather that started their training business. Once they have your horse going at a good level then owner comes and gets lessons on their own horse. In the course of the time our horse was there I'd observed him giving some lessons and let me tell you, I was dreading when it was my turn. I'm old and stubborn and set in my ways and I figured I had developed a lot of bad habits over the years along with the fact that I felt I couldn't ride worth crap since I had gotten older, gained weight and my point of gravity had switched from my seat to my stomach.

    You could have knocked me over with a feather after he watched me riding for about 5 minutes and then stated I didn't need any riding lessons. Soooo, somewhere along the way I must have figured it out. If pressed I'd say the horses I rode taught me, each one different, some with minor issues, some with major ones, maybe a few with none. I spent most of my youth riding bareback which I'm sure helped as well.
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        10-18-2013, 09:50 PM
    I started at 42 and now 9 years later, I can say self-taught.
    My equestrian facility consists of about 30,000 acres of state park & private land.
    My present horse is very forward with an all day let's go button.
    I reckon I don't ride pretty but I can say we're a great team.

    Had a trainer evaluate my wife's horse once, not impressed.
    I think he just wanted to suck money out of another client.
    Yeah, I watched him go around in circles, he wasn't getting very far though.

    Trainer wouldn't be there to help with swimming in the river,
    Or dealing with the train @ the crossings, or sliding down steep hills,
    Or disturbing the ground bees, or bushwhacking where the trail ends,
    Or the motorcycles at the burn out pit with the loud music @ the pub,
    Or riding under the highway over-passes, or the dozens of deer encountered daily,
    Or the forty other riders in your group, or the nesting waterfowl by the river,
    Or the kayaks and people in inner-tubes, or the pedestrians hiking with
    Ski-poles they tend to wave around when you ride by, and all the little
    Children that run up when you travel near a camp ground.
    "Mommy look at the horses, can we go see them?"
    Let's not forget the driver with the cell phone when your're crossing the road
    And he skids to a stop.

    Sometimes lots of miles and been there done that brings'em around.
    I'm just sayin.
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        10-19-2013, 06:32 AM
    Just out of curiosity - does any of you self taught riders show and compete? If yes, what discipline?
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        10-19-2013, 07:59 AM
    Green Broke
    That's what I was thinking, I'm all for self teaching yourself, learning from the web, but nothing, NOTHING beats having that person on the ground watching your every move.
    Picking up the slightest change.
    I love having lessons, I learn something new each time and I've been riding for nearly 8-9 years.

    I think self teaching can get you so far, but if you want to compete in English type riding anyway (don't know about western) you'll need someone to take you further.
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        10-19-2013, 09:18 AM
    Originally Posted by Regula    
    Just out of curiosity - does any of you self taught riders show and compete? If yes, what discipline?
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    Show and compete, No. I am most likely as undisciplined as they come.
    I can say we are out on an Adventure, a great one at that.

    My riding is a family event for sure, it includes my wife, daughter, and me.
    All week long we worry about the weather so we can go horse camping for the weekend.
    I guess we all have the horse bug really really bad.
        10-20-2013, 12:33 PM
    I am a self taught rider as well! I have been riding for years and I know I still have a LOT to learn. It's definitely not preferable to having a trainer, but that's ok. :)
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        10-20-2013, 10:18 PM
    Originally Posted by Regula    
    Just out of curiosity - does any of you self taught riders show and compete? If yes, what discipline?
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    My mom has never shown, but I am a technically self taught and I show western at fairs. There is only one fair and not really any shows anywhere close. My mom doesn't want to travel to the nearest big city an hour away to just show or anything - and I respect that but I wish we still could for the experience and fun!

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