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post #1 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Do I not know enough?

People who own horses are always talking about stuff like collected canter, half halts, accepting the bit ect. I have a horse and I can turn, walk,trot and canter and jump and I know about the inside leg but I don't know half the stuff most horse owners know.

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 06:11 AM
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Don't feel to bad, I have learned more stuff here than I will ever use I think it depends what you do with your horse. Some folks are into dressage, jumping and showing in different disiplines. I take what I think I can use and never mind the rest. I'll never show, never ever learn dressage or run barrels. I don't really care if I know this stuff or if my horse knows it. I'm happy just being a hop-a-long trailrider
Trust me I have posted my fair share of dumb questions If there is something you don't know, don't feel silly asking. Most of the people here are more than willing to share their knowledge
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 07:39 AM
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Dont worry at all! It all depends on what you want to do with your horse and what you're interested. Some people know a lot about dressage but couldnt tell you anything about natural horsemanship or barrell racing etc (just an example =D)

Besides, every horse rider can learn knew things and as long as you're open to learning, everyone here is more than willing to share if you want!
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 08:33 AM
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i grew up riding just like you. i had no idea what the techincal terms were because i was a farm girl and all there was was stop, go, turn & jump :)

i had been riding for 13 years when i started learning dressage and all the different terms and moves etc

as said, it depends on what you want to do but if you are a trail rider and are happy just enjoying hacking around on your horse then you neednt worry about all the other stuff.

if you do want to learn though you have come to the right place

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 11:02 AM
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It comes with time and training. When I first started I remember my dad picking up the bridle by the bit and all the leather pieces just kind of fell and looked like spaghetti to us.. needless to say we don't have a problem with it anymore!
If you're serious about wanting to ride well, find yourself a decent trainer and see if you can start lessons with them. It's amazing what a pair of eyes on the ground can do for you. I've been riding for 15+ years and still love to take lessons, and do as much as possible!
Even if you can only get one lesson per week or even two weeks, that's much much better than nothing! It really does improve your riding.
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 11:08 AM
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at my barn theres the BO and another boarder and i feel like SUCH a noobie to horses even though ive practically been around them ever since i was little. since ive only owned a horse for a yr and a half i feel like i know nothing compared to everyone else who rides horses. i get so embarressed when people are watching me tack up too. its really annoying, and trust me i feel like i know completely squat too but you learn more and more as time goes on. taking lessons also helps too.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 12:03 PM
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Hey don't feel bad, you learn as you go! That's the good thing about horseback riding- there's always something new to learn/work on. :) It's all a part of it!

Ride more, worry less.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 12:09 PM
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I've been here about a month now and I learn new things EVERY time I'm here! I was/am just a happy hop along trail rider. I'll never do dressage or jump anything if I can go around it. I'm a farm raised horse lover and we have go, whoa, this way, and over yonder! You will soon learn all these things have technical names and these folds here are wonderful! They take the time to explain everything and will run out and add photos if you still don't understand! Its a great place to be!!! 8)

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20

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