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Are you a rider or a horseman

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    View Poll Results: Are you a Rider or a Horseman?
    I consider myself a Rider 2 8.33%
    I consider myself a Horseman 20 83.33%
    I don't consider myself either, I just love horses 2 8.33%
    Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

     
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        11-19-2008, 11:59 AM
      #11
    Started
    You make a good point GottaRide... I guess the only time I say NO to working with my horses is if the riding conditions arent safe, If the arena is way to slippery, or if we just had an ice storm and I can barely walk on the stuff. You may say that those are just excuses, but a horseman must be able to make a good judgement call on what is best for the horse and him/herself.

    People that have their horse at a trainers 24/7, only go for lessons, they don't do any training (and don't have horses at home to take care of) and show up at the show are only riders. I know some people that can really "show ride" very well... but if the horse starts acting up they jump off, hand the reins over to the trainer who "fixes" the problem. I have seen it done like that before, and I guess I am glad that my parents never let me send a horse off for training... they let me have lessons (not many but some) so that I learned how to correct problems.

    I hate the fact that I have to board my horses now (because of my newer job) but I still do chores and cleaning 3-4 times a week and I work with my BO's horses also.
         
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        11-20-2008, 12:11 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    At this point, I would consider myself to be at the very beginning of my journey with horses. So, I would consider myself to simply be a rider, as I am still learning. I don't know everything there is to know about horses, not a whole lot of people do. However, I'd like to spend the rest of my life walking down the the path of equine knowledge.

    So, I am just a rider who aspires to be a horsewoman.
         
        11-20-2008, 02:22 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I consider myself a horseman.
         
        11-20-2008, 02:52 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I guess the big difference that I see between a rider vs a horseman to me is that I picture a rider being someone that shows up every now and again to ride- is more in it to say I have a horse more than actually caring. Again this is just one instance that I think of but is not involved with the routine care and maintenance that comes with owning a horse- someone that would shy away from that. I believe that you have to want to be involved and get more educated on things to give your horse the best care it deserves in all aspects- health, training, ect.
         
        11-20-2008, 10:36 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I am both a horseperson and rider in training! I want to be good at both!!!
         
        11-20-2008, 10:41 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Well... Hm... I'm very new to riding, so I don't consider myself a rider yet, I love and adore horses but I don't think I know enough to call myself a horseman ):


    *clicks third option* lol
         
        11-21-2008, 12:49 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Im a horseman lol I think because I can not only ride horses and feed them and care for them but I understand them...and they understand me...most of the time lol
         
        11-21-2008, 01:05 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    A ride can be a horseman too, but a horseman isn't necessarily a rider. I haven't ridden in years, but I still work with horses and absolutely love it.
         

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