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post #21 of 42 Old 03-20-2013, 05:08 PM
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Oh, I would also believe that you can learn something from EVERYBODY. Little tips, tricks, riding position help, how their riding affects the horse they're riding... Even what NOT to do!

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post #22 of 42 Old 04-04-2013, 11:47 PM
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My dad, he has taught me more about horses and horsemanship that I could ever hope to learn anywhere else. He has broke more horses that I can count and has this way of really getting into a horses head. That being said he also taught me about being humble and that you will never stop learning. My dad was a self taught cowboy, rode horses for a living for most of his life and could stick **** near anything but when I started taking english lessons he was always asking me about what I learned, and to teach him the things that I was learning. To think that somebody with his level of experience would ever learn anything from me is just amazing.
I have to say the favorite lesson I learned from my dad came not too long ago when we were out rounding up cattle "if you can't crack a beer can on its back, it ain't broke!"
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post #23 of 42 Old 04-05-2013, 08:28 AM
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My first pony, Shorty, actually taught me the most. He was a trickster, and I did not have a saddle, so did everything bareback. He would run under low limbs, lean your leg on a fence, and he went where HE wanted. But I learned how to overcome all this, and taught him to jump, and we would jump a barrel with 2 tires on top, just a 2x4 rail that he could have gone under, and he was only 12.1 H !!!

As far as people, Fran Dearing at Windy Knoll Farm, hands down. I took lessons from her in 1982, then came back in 1999, and we just picked up where we left off. She communicates riding without using all the "in vogue" terms, and actually celebrates horses outside the norm doing dressage. She NEVER limited anyone to "lower level"!!!I trained Appaloosas, Paints, Arabians with her, and she always encouraged me to make the most of THAT horse. Great woman.

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post #24 of 42 Old 04-07-2013, 12:22 AM
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My 'second mother' Helen. I was fortunate enough to meet her at the ranch I board at randomly one night. I think she thought inwas someone else because she made some sarcastic remark to me but then i turned around to face her and realized i had never seen her before. I introduced myself and we soon found out that she and my mom knew each other from the church they went to. I was having problems with my former horse at the time my mom mustve told her because a couple weeks later i received a call from her saying she could help me.

At first, i was a little bit upset that she was calling me like this out of the blue and mad at my mom for mentioning my problems to her because i had only met her that one time. Anyways, long story short my mom convinced me to go out and meet with her at the ranch just to see what she could do.

Ever since then, she has helped me and taught me everything i know about horses. I eventually realized that horse wasnt the right horse for me and she did everything she could to help me find a new home for him and to get a horse that was perfect for me. She is one of my best friends and i view her as family now. I couldnt imagine my life without her and i really owe her.
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post #25 of 42 Old 04-08-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to thank everyone so far who responded to this thread, and my query. It has been so inspiring to read all of your stories and see who has really made a difference in your lives.

As for horses being the best teachers, well of course they are I think we could start a whole other thread about horses that have influenced us over the years. If you guys are like me, you can still name almost every horse you have ever ridden, and many you never rode, just knew for one reason or another. I absolutely found my biggest influence's horse to be just as informative as she was.

Thanks again everyone, and anyone who has not shared yet, please keep 'em coming. Lots of fun to read about everyone!
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post #26 of 42 Old 04-09-2013, 10:20 AM
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The two biggest inspriations in my horsey life (aside from my horses lol) have been my mom and our trainer/BO. My mom got her horse after years of waiting (he was a rescue) and was injured twice severely by him when he bolted and freaked out. She never once gave up on him and when she got better bought my horse for me and still rode. Even though he was a pasture pet she always looked for a trainer who would take care of him and teach him some sanity! When we found our trainer she worked a miracle and took a horse who was scared of his shadow and made him into something that my mom could ride safely. My mom couldn't mount without dragging her leg over his rump due to her injuries so the trainer worked on letting him allow her to drag her foot over his rump and not be phased by it now that I've started him in dressage my mom climbs on and rides him like he's never done anything to hurt her in his life!
Our trainer has worked wonders and now that I work under her I'm still constantly impressed by her! She taught me how to drive a horse and cart, how to start a horse, longline one, and always puts the horse first! She was my riding instructor for a long time and always encourages me to do my best and to more importantly have fun! I love the way she treats the horses because she lets them be horses. When she starts them out she lets them decide what discipline to do and then goes from there. Somehow she knows when the horse is ready for something new and when it's time to stop the lessons for a while and just relax. I've learned so much from her that its inspired me to work hard with my horses (and the ones she needs worked! Lol) and to always remember that the competition or end result isn't what matters in the long run: that the road you've taken to get there is.
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post #27 of 42 Old 04-09-2013, 03:16 PM
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Mine is a mix up of people but the 2 people who influenced me the most was my grandma and uncle. My grandam bought me my first pony(who I still have 12 yrs later), she taught me everything I've ever needed to know about riding and horse husbandry. My uncle who also used to be my farrier has taught me more about groundwork and how to read their body language and of course hooves.
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post #28 of 42 Old 04-09-2013, 10:23 PM
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Biggest influence for me was back around 1970, I was very fortunate to meet someone who was on their way to becoming a very accomplished trainer, I learned so much from her. She had Arabians back then, and later went on to dressage and the "bigger" (in size) horses, she has done extremely well and went on to win the USDF gold medal. She now does training clinics and is such an amazing trainer. If not for her instructions and training, I would not be the rider I am today. I've taken lessons from others, but I never did learn as much from them as I did from her.

Also, as a youngster, my mother encouraged my love of horses, I thank God every day that I had a mother who supported my horse crazy goals.
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post #29 of 42 Old 04-10-2013, 11:57 AM
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Frank Whitney (Lethbridge Alberta) when I was a kid. He was a true horseman and as knowledgeable as a vet when it came to horse health. He was retired and I spent a lot of time with him soaking up horse info like a sponge. He still partook of large cattle drives and I was priveleged to ride his good cow horse that would single foot. The second man was John McLeod (Winnipeg, Manitoba). That is where I learned valuable barn skills and learned to ride english, to harness and drive a work horse. Negativity wasn't allowed. We all supported each other.
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post #30 of 42 Old 04-10-2013, 03:49 PM
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Patrick Wyse, the master of the Basic Handle, who I have the pleasure of still be coached by and sharing his friendship. Pat taught me the principle of being fair to the horse and the concept of asking, allowing the horse reaction time and making things easy for the horse. I hope to share these principles with my students as I start coaching riders myself.

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