I probably won't be updating this as often anymore since all the excitement has settled down.
Last night I learned so much, and today I have realized several things.
I rode Shirley, but of course, since she is up for adoption, and the admin for the adoption and facebook page was there, they filmed us riding her and posted it up on facebook.
I expected nice replies, but one person made a bad comment on the trainer that rode her, saying something about the spurs that were used on her. I was clearly there and she didn't use the spurs at all on her. She immediately picked up and went without the pressing of the spurs she was wearing.
The trainer got extremely defensive of this ONE person, saying she was a "reserved world champion" and had a trained leg to use spurs and that no one should critic her and that ALL her clients were so pleased with her training. (surprised me she would speak for ALL her clients) I was starting to think this trainer was extremely egoistic and got hurt too easily. Even I would have handled it better if ppl commented harshly. In fact, I wouldn't have even said anything lol.
World Champion? I doubt that.
I looked up her full name and horses names she showed before. Usually world champions names or horses names would be either in a blog, magazine, records site, ect. But there was absolutely nothing on this "world champion" Id honestly like to see her ribbons and proof now.
All I found out about her is that she is going to the same university as me, and her own blog about some kind of horse and pit bull management.
When it boils down to it, I regret saying I want to take lessons with her, because now I don't. I do not want drama, or a trainer that can't take the heat if I critic on something that really isnt a big deal. If I were to say I didn't like using spurs, would she blow up in my face? I don't want to even risk that.
I have decided to keep my distance from her, just show up every saturday to volunteer there, and go to a more professional barn that legitimately has shown on their website about their shows, ribbons, horses, bloodlines, and experienced trainers with degrees and proof of their success. It's more expensive, but I'm sure it will be worth it.
Another thing I have realized, $500 dollars for a horse is GREAT to adopt if your experienced with horses. But I'd rather get a 1,000 or 2,000 dollar horse that is fully broke and right for me as a first horse. I saw a woman last night own a horse from there that reared up at the farrier. She didn't know how to control it and kept pulling the lead wrong to control the horse. I tried to suggest it, but eventually the farrier just told her to hold the lead up closer and not far away or it wouldnt have much impact. Then, later she got kicked in the knee by the horse. Ouch! I almost thought, if she could own a horse, why couldnt I lol.
These things are all life lessons. In the beginning I wanted to waltz in there and be a professional, even fake it if I could and fall in love with a horse and adopt her.
The reality is, you can't. Lol
That's why I decided to make this journal I guess. Even if I failed or succeeded, I wanted to show anyone wanting to own a horse even though they hadn't been riding in years or had only read books, that... even if you are like me who wants a horse more than anything, you just can't without lots of lesson taking from trainers or being completely alone with the horse and spending hours learning how to just put on a simplistic halter lol. I took lessons for one year under a professional, and another year with a man who really didn't teach me anything. I was paying to ride basically lol. I was getting the hang of things... stopped for two or three years, and forgot everything..
Its a hobby you have to upkeep to remember. I wish I could have but coming from West Virginia made me unable to. All the barns closed down around me. I couldn't even find a horse stable 100 miles away. Literally.
I guess if you wanted to, just do like the indians and learn it yourself. But with that comes more dangers and fatalities.
I am going to call the barn I was looking at. It is 8 miles away from me! Yay for no wasting gas money much lol. My next update will be about my first lesson and second lesson there. I was planning to start in march but I just got refunded from a order online and will use that money to start in a few weeks. I am just going to tell them that I know how to walk, trot, canter, and groom a horse. But I just have forgotten everything else lol. Maybe I will be comfortable that way since they won't be expecting much out of me and it will come back to me unlike when I was nervous lol.
I also plan on still sponsoring Shirley so she can put on a little more weight.