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        10-13-2013, 05:38 PM
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    Weanling
    What do you say to non-horsey people?

    When they ask you why you take riding lessons when you already know how to ride? I get that all the time and it is hard to explain to them how there is always more to learn, room for improvement, etc. I have ridden for about 40 years, raised and trained a few babies, and am presently training a 4 year old who I have had since he was 18 mos. To them it just seems ridiculous that I would waste my money on lessons, but I could not do it otherwise. My coach helps me to stay focused, assists me with problems and challenges that arise, and keeps me motivated. I guess I just answered my own question!
         
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        10-13-2013, 05:42 PM
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    Trained
    You can compare it to going to school.

    Ask them "Once you learned to read, did you stop going to school?"

    When they say "Well, no, I had so much more to learn after reading that I stayed in school because I couldn't teach it to myself as well as a teacher could teach it to me", explain to them that riding is the same way. There's so much to learn and you can't really teach a lot of it to yourself. It takes an outside, trained eye to see where you need improvement and help you work toward being a better rider.
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        10-13-2013, 08:49 PM
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    Yearling
    I am a nurse, even after nursing school to maintain my nursing license, in most states I have to have "Continuing Education", basically I have to still educate myself on the new things in the medical world.

    You are doing the same thing, "Continuing Education" for horses/trainer, to educate yourself on the new and changing world of horses 😊.
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        10-13-2013, 08:52 PM
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    Weanling
    Non horse people do not understand. I have been a nurse for 20 yrs and if I did not keep learning I could not do my job.... I love the one about did you stop going to school once you learned how to read?? I always feel that I can always learn something. I have learned from trainers and the different horses I have ridden over the years. It is not their money and you should not feel the need to justify to them why you do what you do
         
        10-13-2013, 08:54 PM
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    Yearling
    I just tell them that there's always more to learn and I want to keep improving.
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        10-13-2013, 09:05 PM
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    Weanling
    How about: Why do football teams have coaches and practice then if they already know how to play?
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        10-13-2013, 09:06 PM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Kiara    
    How about: Why do football teams have coaches and practice then if they already know how to play?
    But then you run the risk of the almost inevitable "But riding horses isn't a sport" response.
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        10-13-2013, 09:10 PM
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    Weanling
    That's why it's in the Olympics and Football is not ;)
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        10-13-2013, 09:16 PM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Kiara    
    That's why it's in the Olympics and Football is not ;)
    Not arguing with you (because anyone who is in the horse world knows that it's a very demanding sport), but I can tell you that that argument rarely, if ever, works. The majority of people firmly believe that when you ride, the horse does all of the work.
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        10-13-2013, 09:18 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Not arguing with you (because anyone who is in the horse world knows that it's a very demanding sport), but I can tell you that that argument rarely, if ever, works. The majority of people firmly believe that when you ride, the horse does all of the work.
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    I agree most people think you just sit there. Frustrates me so much.
         

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