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    05-30-2011, 07:29 AM
Originally Posted by Cherie    
You will never gain the confidence to ride outside on unknown trails if you only ride in an arena on a push-button old school horse.
Althought that is ultimately true, it's still the place to start. You don't learn to swim by being thrown in the ocean. When I learned to scuba dive, it was in the pool at the Y under a controlled environment, not in 70' of water off St Thomas - but that is the reason I learned.

Just find the right instructor for the job you want to do and have the right tools for the job.
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    05-31-2011, 11:58 AM
Great last post Cherie! I know many farms in this area that have your horse tacked up and in the ring when you get there for your lesson and then you ride and leave and they untack for you. Of course its only ring riding as well :) I grew up riding at a farm that was mainly ring riding, but once you got to a certain level to where you were safe on a horse, we did lessons out in the field and rode on trails. With the few girls I teach I start them out in a closed arena until theyre comfortable on the horse doing walk/trot and then I start training out in the field. Usually start in the 3 acre field and then randomly ride in that or the 7acre or 12 acre field. Do they have mishaps? Yes! But I've realized that MOST of the people I've taught develop a stickey leg and they learn to stay on! One girl has been riding for 5 years and just started riding with me and if the horse so much as trips she topples off. Then I have others that have only ridden for 6months and the horse spooks and launches sideways and they stay put. Nto to say that ones better than the other, just the way of training. The girl who falls off when the horse trips has wonderful form with shoulders back and heal and leg placed properly but doesnt know how to effectively use anything. I may not be the prettiest rider at times, but I stay on and get the job done
    06-12-2011, 01:27 PM
"I frequently hear people say "But I don't want to learn how to train a horse. I just want to have a pleasant trail ride when I take my horse out.""

This is the definition of the difference between a horse person and a horse owner.
I wish every person that ever thinks about buying a horse would read this! THANK YOU!

    06-19-2011, 11:11 AM
I need to read this every time I'm going to the barn

Thank you Cherie. My horse is spoiled and I did it. I know that. Well she came to me an uncontrollable nightmare that I could afford and the bad behaviors she still has are my fault. I happened to have a wonderful mentor and BO that had me doing ground work for a month before she'd ever let me get on Sienna. By then she had the softest eye the previous owners couldn't believe it. I'm on disability and often can't leave the house, and every time I go to the barn, it seems I have a different plan. I have an attention problem and often don't notice the little signs until they are big. I change my goal frequently and don't follow through. I'm slow to give release AND pressure. I work at trying to keep my focus every time I'm with my horse, and always try to end on a good note whether we are doing ground work or riding. Like an OP said about keeping a journal I think that's something that might help me if I could remember to write in it at the end of a barn day. I'm going to get a notebook today before my trip to the barn tomorrow. Thanks so much for this thread. Cheryl
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    06-25-2011, 08:41 PM
I could'nt agree more! Great post!
    07-03-2011, 01:17 AM
I love this post, mostly because I agree with it, but partially because I was just talking about this with my oldest son today. This is something that EVERY horse owner needs to think about when they are around their horses, whether they are riding them or just around them.
    07-03-2011, 11:41 AM
I posted something similliar to this comment ages ago in here and I got crucified. But bravo to you...you laid it out perfectly...I get really agitated by the ignorance some people have thinking that somehow the trainer is responsible for all actions a horse has even when they have left us and gone on...when the truth is the owner or whoever is handling the horse is really 100% responsible for most of the bad behavior you see in horses. Sometimes the bad behavior is a finger print left over from previous owners and passed on, but someone who understands horses should be able to nip most problems all by themselves...but that would be too simple...so they find someone else to pay to take the responsibility off of them. Good post...no GREAT post!
    07-04-2011, 12:48 AM
As a beginning rider who is paying a trainer to fix some spoiled horse behaviors for the both of us, well said.
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    07-05-2011, 09:53 AM
Well said. Had a lot of helpful information. Great Job!!
    07-06-2011, 07:51 PM

Kills me to know there are people out there who think their horse can't be taught by anyone else except a professional. Ugh those people... just... ugh.

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