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        07-22-2014, 07:46 PM
    Really great advice
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        08-26-2014, 02:19 PM
    It's interesting how many people suggest getting expert advice. At the same time, there are many experienced people posting who do not all agree on the best approaches. Some suggest diving in and learning by doing, while others imply that until you have hundreds of hours of training, can get a horse to fart rainbows, and have enough cash on hand to put your kids through graduate school at Harvard, you're not ready for horse ownership.

    I'm a complete newb when it comes to horses, but in the field where I am an expert I've seen some pretty stupid ideas coming from people who have loads of experience. So while I agree that getting expert help is a good idea, I'd caution anyone against relying too much on experts. In my experience, in most fields it's best to rely on experts to tell you what things you need to know about, then to educate yourself about those things and trust your own judgement.
        08-26-2014, 08:16 PM
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    Ahhhhhhhh, but what defines the expert?

    Here lies a whole different ball game!

    When I read of many so called trainers and what they are saying and doing it makes me cringe.
        11-20-2014, 09:29 PM
    Surround yourself with patient, good horsemen/women and DO NOT be afraid to ask stupid questions!

    Experienced horse people can sometimes be intimidating, and sometimes will talk way over your head, but most of them understand that people are not born knowing everything necessary about horses. It is a learning process and they are glad to help. So ask the question!
        12-10-2014, 07:54 PM
    I've bought trained and sold horses for many years and have yet to get a Vet. Check, and have only got one I lost money on. He was Conclusive bred and had a Hyp. Convulsion after being worked hard, when the muscle contractions came from the hind quarters up to his neck he just gasped for breath.
    PHM: After seeing some of the latest APHA jornals, I don't think God would like what's been done to that breed.

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