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post #1 of 8 Old 06-15-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from a bad place in Minnesota.

Yes, I am very pessimistic, lol.

Hey there. I come from an area of Minnesota I like to call Horse He-.... Well, you get it. I won't share everything now, but it'll all come out bit by bit as you get to know me.

I am 19. I am engaged to an older guy who is a farrier specializing in natural-balance hoofcare. We have 5 rescued horses; Tahlula, Kidd, Roxy, Clairabelle, and Quincy. None of them are very well-trained. The only one capable of accomplishing anything notable is Quincy.

I have Asperger's syndrome, among other things... If you are wondering why I posted something strange, please understand that I can't always help it. My brain is physically different from other peoples'. It is not something that can be trained away, it is my actual, physical, genetic make-up. I try hard, but that doesn't always produce perfect results.

I am a stablehand and a coach for a NARHA stables; we give riding lessons to people with mental and physical disabilites, including children.

I have been receiving riding instruction from the stable where I work for 3 years. Here is EVERYTHING I have learned, all in a few short lines:

Kick the horse to make it walk.
Kick harder to go faster.
Pull the right rein to go right.
Pull the left rein to go left.
Pull both reins to stop.
Pull harder to back up.

I've contacted every other stable in the area (and a few outside the area) and none of them can offer me any instruction beyond this, so I spend alot of my time with my nose glued to riding books, or I go hours at a time without blinking whilst watching RFD. I wish I could learn dressage, but evidently I am the only human being within a 100-mile radious interested in dressage, because the dominant influences here are western pleasure and barrel racing... Two things I am not particularily fond of.

I look forward to meeting everyone.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-15-2011, 09:56 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Can't wait to see pictures of your horses. I'm sorry you are struggling so much to find adequate horse lessons in your area, that sounds terrible.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-16-2011, 12:31 PM
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Hello from another new member! I'm from Minnesota too, which is pretty cool, even though I thoroughly dislike the weather here.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-16-2011, 01:25 PM
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Welcome! Would love to see pics of your herd.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-16-2011, 01:29 PM
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Howdy from Texas! If you're tired of reading books, try giddyupflix.com. You can rent all sorts of videos on training, riding, etc. And yes, post some photos!
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-16-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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:) Thanks everyone.

I am getting a new old camera from a friend within the next couple of weeks, so I will be able to take UTD photos then, but for now all I have are pics from last summer.

Here's my diamond in the rough, Quincy (my fiance/farrier is holding him)

He's the only one anyone has ever said "wow" at, lol. The rest are pretty run-of-the-mill, but obviously I still love them all. :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-16-2011, 08:28 PM
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Hi Tolt. Welcome to the forum. I loved the straightforward nature of your post. YOu just say what you see or think, and that is good.
I have an Aspergers son, one year older than you. So I am used to the way AS people can just kind of blurt things out sometimes. I never take offense, and my son is often amazed that he has been a bit rude without knowing it. He is very interested in learning how to recognize those times and modify them if he can. He also loves animals but has not interest in horses.

YOur rather level of observantness might come in handy in learning how to work with horses. Just spending time watching them BE with each other could be very rewarding.

Wish I was there as I would love to give some basic lessons in dressage

See ya!
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-16-2011, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'm always surprised too when someone tells me I said something I shouldn't have. Sometimes I post something online that seems okay, and then I read it a day later and wish I could erase it, LOL. It's always a different adventure living life with AS. I like animals because, for me, they are easier to communicate with... Really. A horse's body language is so much easier to understand than a person's, because horses don't lie or try to cover up how they really feel.. They let you know. Like me. :) One of my favorite things ever is just to chill in the pasture.. Or it was before things changed.

If I'm ever in WA, I might very well ask for a lesson. However, I don't know why I would ever go to WA. I fear I may have inadvertantly said something unacceptable in my emails to two different dressage barns. It has been weeks and I am still awaiting a reply. :( Sometimes it isn't fun, you know...

I hate the notion of teaching myself how to ride, especially on emotionally damaged horses. I suppose I can't hurt anything by improving my grooming and feeding skills for the time being. :)
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