Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Respect "Horse" elders, and LEARN the easy way
After reading Maura's post re: appropriate respect/bonding, I realized that something needs to be said about kindling a desire to learn HOW to train your horse.
SO MANY POSTS from new horse people are about "please pat me on the back," instead of, "am I doing this right?...what should I do next?...what resources should I read, buy, contact", so that I can become a better and better horse trainer.
Listen, training horses can be downright dangerous, even if your horse and you both bend down and bump heads--happened to me, more than once.
When I was 11yo, I didn't own my own horse, so I took my allowance$ and rented a horse for trailriding once a week. A few years later I took several years of lessons. When I finally got my horses--a herd of 6--I subscribed to several horse periodicals which I read until they were falling apart. I spent MANY, MANY hours trying to figure out what was different between the 3 horses in the monthly, "Practical Horseman's", Conformation Clinic.
I bought every book that would teach me what I DIDN'T know. If it didn't make sense I studied it and tried it on MY horses until I started to understand. I have re-read these books many times.
I watch tv trainers, even the ones that seem to be teaching primary horse owner training, bc I NEVER KNOW what I will learn that will help me. There are horse people here with 5 years of training who know more than my 28 years of horse ownership bc they are riding/training every day. I humbly ask them questions, again, bc I might learn something.
I do NOT berate people here who are much younger, or much newer to the horse hobby to ridicule or put down.
But, I really wonder if you do not believe that horses are complicated and rewarding, and others before you, your ELDERS, can teach you the lessons that you seem to want to learn the hard way.