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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Gaining Experience

So, although I've ridden off and on for about nine years (leasing and lessons), I feel very dumb when it comes to horses. Like, I could get on a horse, ride it, and be pretty average. I'd say I'm an experienced beginner to intermediate. But I don't feel I've got a lot of the knowledge I see others having when it comes to horses. When I leased I was on my own, and I felt that when I was taking lessons, they were only teaching me to ride, not everything else like horse care, horse breeds, equipment, etc. I'm trying to get more involved in the forum which I know should help, but any other suggestions to get more experience with that type of thing? Any good books or websites, or people to talk to?

Any suggestions are welcomed! Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 01:37 PM
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Google "horse breeds" and you'll find a load. Wikipedia has a huge list.

To learn about different kinds of tack look in horse tack catalogues. You'll see all sorts of things you may not come across. Look at both English and western books. I've always loved looking through them. You can sign up to get them for free. I love sitting down with hot cocoa and dreaming up wish lists and taking ideas.

Watch high level show videos. All disciplines. Watch what they're riding and how. Look at the little things they do to compensate for being out of position or having less than perfect conformation.

What whatever training videos you can get. You can rent them at Try to really think about the reasons behind the methods.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-12-2013, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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This is late, but thank you for your post!

I've just taken a pretty long break from horses and now I'm really getting back into it, and I still feel a bit stupid when it comes to practically everything. Does anyone have any suggestions for good books or anything?

I'm currently reading Horses for Dummies, Horseback Riding for Dummies, and I just bought Storey's Guide to Training Horses by Heather Smith Thomas.
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