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post #1 of 5 Old 08-23-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Learning more about, well, horses in general... Ack!

I've recently come to the conclusion that I know practically nothing about horses in comparison to many, many people. I've been around them for the last 10 years and yet I feel like I know so little. I'd say I'm a pretty good rider, but I had a lesson a few weeks ago with an old trainer to help correct some of Roxy's unbearable habits and it was quite a wake up call. She nit-picked right down to how I was holding the reins walking her into the ring, and said most of her problems are because of me. Now granted, Roxy is an extremely challenging horse; I've had numerous well-educated trainers say she's one of the, if not the, most stubborn and difficult horses they've ever worked with. But still. Horses are so aware of the tiniest movements we make and I've begun to realize I do a lot more wrong than I originally thought. I'd love to try to start learning more about those little things that all the great horse people seem to understand so thoroughly, but it's quite overwhelming and I have no idea where to start. I think I'd really benefit from an apprenticeship-type situation where I can work under someone who would notice all the stuff I'd never think about but unfortunately I don't think that's going to be possible any day soon.... In short, I'd just like a little reassurance that I'm not the only one who feels like this. It seems like everytime I'm around a horse I can feel that I'm doing something wrong but I have NO idea how to fix it, nor the money to get as much professional help as I'd like. I'm not the only one who feels like they're working in circles, right?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-23-2012, 01:55 PM
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There is ALWAYS something to learn when it comes to horses. If you think about is, 10 years with horses isn't that much, especially since it sounds like a lot of your experience has been in a lesson situation and not the daily grind of feeding, property maintenance, etc.

I do think one of the best ways to learn more, and learn it quickly, is through working student positions. It's hard to find one that suits your specific needs, but they're so incredibly beneficial. When I was 19 I was a working student for a year for an upper level eventer in Maryland and I learned more there in one year than I had learned in 14 years of riding, showing, and lessons twice a week. There are so many little things that go a long way when it comes to horses, and our knowledge is constantly growing in the industry. Not only that but there are multiple ways to get things done, and everyone thinks their way is the best.

Anyway, what I'm saying is don't be discouraged! There are people that have been around horses and working with them for 50-60+ years and the good ones will admit that they STILL don't know everything. It's all about the desire to learn and having an open mind!

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Thanks, the reassurance is a wonderful thing :) Ironically enough, most of my time around horses hasn't been with an instructor, which I think is part of the problem. I've been just having an occasional lesson (like once a month) for the past couple years. I'd loooove to be able to have one every week but until I can get my license and get myself to a job, I can't do that. Fortunately we moved to a farm about 4 months ago so I've been able to try and make up for my lack of instruction with extra horse/ride time and reading a lot of stuff online. I just don't want to get myself, or my horses, into bad habits because I'm unsure of something.

I'll be doing an IEA team this winter so luckily I'll be getting a lesson every week for the next few months, but from what I've heard so far the new trainer isn't the best...

Thanks again for the encouragement. I've been having a rough past few weeks with my horses... And if you happen to hear of anyone who wants a working student in MD again, let me know ;)

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-23-2012, 08:26 PM
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Thanks, the reassurance is a wonderful thing :) Ironically enough, most of my time around horses hasn't been with an instructor, which I think is part of the problem. I've been just having an occasional lesson (like once a month) for the past couple years. I'd loooove to be able to have one every week but until I can get my license and get myself to a job, I can't do that. Fortunately we moved to a farm about 4 months ago so I've been able to try and make up for my lack of instruction with extra horse/ride time and reading a lot of stuff online. I just don't want to get myself, or my horses, into bad habits because I'm unsure of something.

I'll be doing an IEA team this winter so luckily I'll be getting a lesson every week for the next few months, but from what I've heard so far the new trainer isn't the best...

Thanks again for the encouragement. I've been having a rough past few weeks with my horses... And if you happen to hear of anyone who wants a working student in MD again, let me know ;)
I can ask around a bit for you, if you want. I'm not living there anymore, but there are so, so many eventers in that area.

If you don't mind my asking, what part of MD are you in? Also, a great website to make a profile on would be Equestrian Jobs and Staff, Horses and Horseboxes/Trailers for Sale and Equestrian Dating, it's all horse job classifieds and you can contact potential employers through there. That's how I found both of my last jobs with horses and they were both quite good jobs with well-respected people in the horse industry.

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I can ask around a bit for you, if you want. I'm not living there anymore, but there are so, so many eventers in that area.

If you don't mind my asking, what part of MD are you in? Also, a great website to make a profile on would be Equestrian Jobs and Staff, Horses and Horseboxes/Trailers for Sale and Equestrian Dating, it's all horse job classifieds and you can contact potential employers through there. That's how I found both of my last jobs with horses and they were both quite good jobs with well-respected people in the horse industry.
Northern Baltimore county, about 15 mins from the PA line. If you want to, go for it. I already have a pretty busy schedule but it never hurts asking. I'll have to check out that site. Thanks!

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