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SRR90 07-04-2009 07:49 AM

Would this be smart?
I want to get to know the horses better where im getting lessons at. Would it be a smart idea to hang around and learn how they do things? i.e. learn how to feed, and watch the farrier. If anyone has any suggestions on what to do please feel free to share!!

Scoutrider 07-04-2009 08:16 AM

Absolutely, a fantastic idea! When I first got into riding, I would show up early and help out, learning the ropes, and stay late (or, as late as my ride was willing to let me, I was like, 9) and help feed, etc. My grandmother had (still has them, but also had them when I didn't) horses, and I would visit her place and watch her vet and farrier calls. She has a pro trainer out for her QH, and I've been down to watch her horse's "lessons," and get ideas for training my own horse.

Also, watching shows, and even lessons if your barn allows it, can be really beneficial. You can see and learn a lot.

PaintHorseMares 07-04-2009 08:28 AM

Indeed, the more you watch, see, and do, the better. All of it increases your knowledge and experience.

One bit of advice.... Keep in mind that horse folks tend to be very opinionated, but there is rarely, if ever, only one correct way to do things. Even vets and farriers have varied styles and opinions. Keep an open mind, take all this in and remember all of it. Every horse is different, and nothing works every time on every horse.

SRR90 07-04-2009 08:38 AM

So then i would probably after while become one of those horse folk?

PaintHorseMares 07-04-2009 12:11 PM

Yes you will, and you will always be learning more.

And while you are at it, spend a lot of time watching the horses, too. Watch how they interact with each other in the herd, what makes the lead horse the leader, etc. Taking time to do this will give you a tremendous insight into what it takes to be the leader of your own horse, and why horses behave as they do.

Sunny06 07-04-2009 12:29 PM

YES. I'm glad someone is finally using their noodle.

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