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post #21 of 29 Old 09-03-2013, 11:56 PM
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I think if we stay in it long enough we discover that we all go through phases with our horsemanship. I knew absolutely nothing when I started, then in my teens I discovered I knew it all and in my 20's I started thinking I was the best that ever was and then in my 30's I started taking lessons again and in my 40's I found a trainer I love and have used consistently ever since. Now in my 50's I take 3 lessons a week and have at least 1 horse out for training at all times. I've been riding/around horses my whole life and have done the whole show thing and the trail and horse camping thing and discovered Natural Horsemanship and all the super duper fad trainers and I've discovered that everyone is right to a degree. I use a little bit of training from everyone I've ever studied under and I learn new stuff every day. I still trail ride/horse camp, ride in parades, show and play with my pasture puffs. I learn from every horse I put my hands on. I hope I never stop learning and I'm glad I don't know it all anymore, it opened up a whole new world of learning when I figured that out.

When folks ask I'll toss out what I've tried or what sounds like it might work and they're welcome to take what I say or leave it. I've found most free advice to be worth pretty much what you paid for it. Some is golden and some is dross. The trick is telling one from the other.
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post #22 of 29 Old 09-04-2013, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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i made a booboo.
I tried to explain that cows are not always pets, in the example of a larger beef operation, and suddenly, I am not humane to my cows, nor respect them! And I treat them like machines!
Go figure.

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post #23 of 29 Old 09-04-2013, 03:01 AM
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I think the horse world is full of people who need it done their way, however there are just some things that are done that are wrong no matter what your way is. Some bits, we can all see as being wrong, lets talk about mule bits?

So then we all have our NO, so where back on the line is our NO, and that differs from person to person. Then there are people who just need to be right, and I try to avoid them at all costs. If you are right, and you can prove you are at Olympic levels, then I have ears. If you are teaching lessons in your back yard, and you have to be right, then no.

I think some people get something for their ego in having a 1200lb horse doing what they want, and then base their life worth off that. I do believe they are lacking something in their lives that this is who they are.
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post #24 of 29 Old 09-04-2013, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
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I once heard someone say that in the horse world, everyone thinks they are an expert the moment they get a single horse to do something. At that moment, they suddenly seem to have vast and never ending knowledge!

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post #25 of 29 Old 09-04-2013, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by QHriderKE View Post
I once heard someone say that in the horse world, everyone thinks they are an expert the moment they get a single horse to do something. At that moment, they suddenly seem to have vast and never ending knowledge!
I've not heard that, but yes!!!

In my experience the serious riders when interviewed for TV, will thank their horse, the horse gave them the win. I have the opinion that the more humble you are, the more you might know.
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post #26 of 29 Old 09-04-2013, 10:25 AM
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Oh so true. I rarely post anymore because of it.

I ride a Morgan in hunter pleasure classes, in breed shows. I also do dressage...in open and breed shows. The dressage people bash me because I ride in a double bridle for HP classes. Anyone outside the Morgan world bashes me for using a curb at all, and assume Morgan people weight, pad up feet, and sore for knee action and use ginger to get them hot in the ring. I just got got tired of defending myself, so I rarely post anywhere anymore.

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post #27 of 29 Old 09-05-2013, 01:06 AM
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I've had this pretty bad too! I ended up leasing out my horse because I couldn't handle the bad atmosphere my barn had (this was mid to late teens, so I was going through a lot on top of everyone having a say about everything you do with your horse)

I decided to get him back from lease a few months ago and have moved to a new stable where everyone just does their own thing! Best decision I ever made. My horse feels it too I think, he seems so much happier without people poking their noses in our business, maybe he's just picking up on my vibes :)

The old barn didn't waste their time telling me off for 'taking him away' from the girl that was leasing him.
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post #28 of 29 Old 09-05-2013, 02:01 AM
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The horse world here is like high school all over again. You've got the home town hero that's had 2 nice (mama and daddy funded) horses and that makes her an absolute expert! Then all the 13 year old know it alls. I completely gave up hope on appearing normal in our local communities. I go to play days and warm the horses up bareback and in a halter, and I rarely actually go to barrel race and expect to do well, I go and school the crazies.. Kind of like it that way, I'm not here to impress anyone especially the teenage diva drama queens!
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post #29 of 29 Old 09-05-2013, 10:14 AM
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I am with you!! There are not many decent horse people where I live. There are some people trying to get into horses, but they just have their parents/husbands/whoever go buy them a good horse, then tell everyone they trained the horses. Which is funny, because my horses are still usually better than theirs, and I did train mine. People get so shallow-minded. I wish some of you all lived around here- there are tons of good places to ride around here, everything from river bluffs to flat grasslands. I just gets boring riding by myself all the time.

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