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post #1 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Types of horse people...

The complete Newbies:
Either they are new to horses, Or first time owners... Newbies Flat out don't know what they are doing, they are just now getting Introduced to this crazy horse world. Bet you didnt realize how policital it can be right? Well your starting to figure it out. AND how expensive they are with the hay, feed, vet farrier work and tack. OMG hang in there youll either sell the horse in a year or so or get addicted to it like a drug where the 200 or so a month is worth the feeling you get being around them.

The begginer:
Pretty well get the gist of horse care, But still might appear to act a bit odd in the saddle, which sometimes annoys experinced riders. Might need a mentor, but make sure its a good mentor, the wrong mentor can take you down the wrong road.

The self proclaimed "know it all"-
See these alot on horse message boards, Usaully the first person to start a flame war, instead of educating, It seems more like shoving information and opinions down the throats of people. These people feel like they have something to prove tomake theirselves Seem superior and all knowing, Some of these people are very experinced and knowleageable, but then again some people dont know squat but feel the need to prove they do to others.

The Experinced horseman.
These people have the skills and knowleage.. You can look at them ride and see that. These people can take any horse and in a matter of a month have the proforming like champions, these people usaully have been riding for a long time and have loads of experince with combined natural talent.

The well educated Horseman.
Nuteritional knowelage ? hoof helath knowelage? gentics? These people know their stuff, Right by the book, can tell you what minreal does what for the horse. What this feed does, What herbal rememdy keeps the flys away. ect. ect. ect. list goes on, Always nice to have someone like this in your life when having horses..

The Show Person.
Knows how to gloss that coat, Spends hours grooming to perfection, Takes riding lessons or had a good mentor to perfect that seat, Horses are registered and well Conformed to the standard of the breed. Knows all about the ring, and how to proform to catch the judges eyes, can sometimes be snobby or appear snobby, but not everyone is like this.

Can anyone add? My fingers are tired just randomly thinking about all the personality types Ive seen in this Horse world..
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post #2 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 10:50 PM
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The person with a death wish: Buys a 8 year old unbroke stallion and proclaims she can break it in a week.
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post #3 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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LOL!!! IVe actaully seen that done before, But not totally broke, surprised me but this was a man whos been doing it for YEARS!
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post #4 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 11:19 PM
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There is the ground expert and the riding expert. Ive met alot of people where they can only do one or the other. Like one of my younger cousins who took years of lessons but never did any ground work. Im not sure if she can even saddle a horse but I have seen her ride and she can ride. I Also have a dear friend who is amazing on the ground and can handle any horse but is technically a beginner in the saddle even though she can ground train some of the hardest horses to even get within 10 ft of.

you also have your naturals... I know a 16 yr old who can train horses better than most of the local professionals. she however is an exception but some people just have that natural connections and instinct and they just know what to do. rare but they exsist lol
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post #5 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 11:23 PM
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A few more for your list
Horse lover -has horses because they like them. Knows a lot about horses, health, behavior, and such but doesn't ride. Has never rode, and no real desire to do so.
Pseudo cowgirl -likes competition, looks at the horse as an accessory, doesn't care about horsmanship, just likes to go fast and win
True horseman -has tons of practical experience. It shows in their riding and how they handle horses. Is always striving to be better and learn more

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #6 of 41 Old 11-28-2012, 11:28 PM
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I don't really care for labels. As long as the person truly loves and cares for their horse, I don't care what you call him/her.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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The Super Casual Owners/Riders - Ride their horse maybe once or twice a week, generally doesn't know anything about riding disciplines, knows only about the tack that they have and not much even about that (they know their saddle is of X color, Y style and made by company Z), many miles in the saddle, but really lacking in general horse knowledge, goes strictly by what packaging tells them
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post #8 of 41 Old 11-29-2012, 01:40 AM
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Seems to me like there are two basic types: the show person, who is motivated primarily by the thought of competing & winning, and does all sorts of things which anyone outside their "discipline" would probably think are ridiculous, and the rider, who takes the horse out to enjoy a ride as often as s/he can manage.

Easy way to tell the difference: the show person "spends hours grooming to perfection", the rider spends half an hour or so grooming to get the sweat/mud/dust off, so the silly critter can then find a nice dirty spot to roll in.
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post #9 of 41 Old 11-29-2012, 02:10 AM
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Howabout the intermediate rider. The one who is still learning and still gathering all the information he/she can take in. The one who still dreams about what he/she can accomplish someday. The one who knows to much to be comfortable around the beginner riders but doesn't know quite enough to fit in with the experienced ones.

That, is me.

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post #10 of 41 Old 11-29-2012, 02:37 AM
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I fall into one of countrylove's categories... I'm a whiz on the ground (That may sound vain, but it's been said by others!), but in the saddle I lack confidence. Give me a rearing horse on the ground, ok, I can handle that. In the saddle and I hit the dirt xD

I believe there's also the 'Horse Snob' - the person whose horse is the best, because they said so. They think that no one else is deserving enough to even touch their horse.
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