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        10-20-2013, 02:15 AM
    Originally Posted by Petlover500    
    Just saying, a 14 year old could know more about Horses than a 50 year old. It just depends what you know and what you do.
    You do need to realize, though, that there is a big difference between knowing something, and being able to teach it to other people. Just for example, I'm very good at programming computers, but I just plain can't (and I've tried) teach other people how I do what I do.
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        10-20-2013, 03:25 AM
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    While I don't think a 13 year old can take the place of an instructor, I must bring up the point that a lot of people out there get into horses with no instructors or lessons at all.

    I've had horses for close to 20 years and only had my first real lessons in the past year or so. And that's because I have a 3 year old gelding that I am trying to make progress with. But when I got my first horse (at 17) I never had a single lesson. I boarded, so if I had health or care questions I had someone to ask. But not riding instruction.

    Maybe it is the type of family you come from. My Dad learned to ride as a kid without an instructor on his sister's spooky horse, bareback without a saddle. So when he got me my first horse AND A SADDLE he figured I was already ahead of the game.

    We also took a lot of care in getting a good beginner's horse that was gentle (an Arabian).

    So I don't know. Maybe they figure the horse is gentle and the kids will learn by trail and error just plodding around and having fun. Now that I think about it, I really don't even ride with anyone that takes lessons on a regular basis.
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        10-20-2013, 04:58 AM
    Hope the thrush goes away, and if the horse is real lame it may be more than thrush.
    Make sure the horse has enough feed / hay and water.
    Start by having her brush, groom, clean hooves , lead the horse around. Maybe sit on him while someone is holding the lead, to figure out her balance . Then be lead at a walk , jog, then on a lunge line , working on balance. Then let her take the reins while being led, so she can work on work on light hands .. leg cues. Don't be bossy or pushy.
    Most importantly be safe and have fun.
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        10-20-2013, 12:19 PM
    Good for you on trying to help your cousin along with her horse and learning to ride. You could use your horse on a longe line while she rides and play a Simon Says game of riding without hands, flapping arms like a bird, laying back, closing eyes and such..all kinds of things like that for her to gain balance and confidence. Walk at first then build up. You could do pop quizzes of identifying different parts of a horse.....have her practice taking heart and breathing rate...listen to gut sounds with a cheap stethoscope. Horses are for young girls to have fun. Later when older and have some money maybe lessons...just depends how far want to go with riding. Main thing is keep your eyes and mind 'open' and have fun. Hope get the thrush cleared up soon.
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        10-20-2013, 01:03 PM
    Another part of horse ownership is vet care. I'm thinking that probably no pre-purchase exam was done. But the horse does need to be current on vaccinations and should have a fecal sample checked for worms/parasites. A vet could also check the thrush and recommend treatment.
    Vet calls are not cheap but it's all part of keeping an animal healthy.
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        10-20-2013, 01:12 PM
    What level are you in riding? Because IMO, if you are also a beginner then I don't quite suggest that you teach her - but maybe that you both can find someone much more advanced who knows how to deal with anything that the horse might do and that knows how to correct or fix things better. If you are an intermediate, are you a beginner intermediate or advanced intermediate? Saying that BI you are just beginning to advance more and AI you have been doing it for a very long time and know what you are doing.

    I would still say that if you are a beginner or beginner intermediate then you both should find someone to help you learn more.
        10-20-2013, 10:36 PM
    Originally Posted by mrstorres2566    
    As far as thrush goes, have her put apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on 1-2 times daily. It should help it heal. TBH I wouldn't ride at all if thrush is causing pain, but that's just me.

    As far as helping her, first she needs to gain balance on a horse. It's not as easy as it sounds or looks. I learned balance best bareback at a walk, with someone leading my horse. You could definitely do that. After she is comfortable with that, lunge her in a circle around you (turning is the hardest part!) and eventually have her do it with her hands straight out to her side.
    Are you teaching her English or Western. If English you can show her how to post, while at a walk until she picks it up. You can even teach posting if she's Western. I actually like to post in my western saddle. It makes a trot a lot easier on my bum. Good luck with your cousin! And let us know how you are doing.
    I will try all the tricks!!!

    And guys, I know I said it is that they can't 'afford' a Instructor, but she told me today that her parents don't trust just any instructor to help their daughter -_-
        10-21-2013, 12:42 AM

    Start with just getting her really used to being around her horse! Teach her how to pick up all the horses feet and how to brush the horse properly. Teach her how to put on and take off her own saddle!!! Do you have a round pen or lounge line? Teach her how to lounge the horse (With or without a saddle).

    Then hopefully when the thrush is cleared up... Get her used to being on her horse start out by just walking the horse with her on him for at the least two days! Then get her supper comfortable just sitting there making the horse walk, teach her how to use her hands and how to hold the reins. After about a week of supper simple riding start showing her how to use her legs!

    When you have done all this come back on here and we will help you through the rest!!!

    ~Good luck!
    Be safe
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        10-21-2013, 01:39 AM
    Thank you!!! I will SOOO do that stuff!!!

    Thanx again! You guys are truly amazing!
        10-21-2013, 06:06 AM
    Don't trust an instructor?

    "And guys, I know I said it is that they can't 'afford' a Instructor, but she told me today that her parents don't trust just any instructor to help their daughter -_-"
    Almost any instructor will give the girl some basics on safety and good riding tips within a handful of lessons. I am going to guess you know very little about safe horse handling. I am not trying to be harsh, but there are some things every self taught horseman takes a very long time, (and maybe some vet or Dr. Bills) to learn.

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