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post #11 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 03:36 PM
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i started riding in 1991. what i would call mediocre lessons at two different barns for not quite a year then on to half leasing, then on to being 'under the wing' of another boarder/barn mom type person, then bought one of her horses. time between first lesson and buying my first horse was about 1.5 years. for the next nearly 10 years it was definitely a 'ride by the seat of my pants' sort of experience, as i was a kid that got dropped off at the barn by dad and picked up later, left to my own devices to hang out with my horse all day. other than farrier and annual vet type stuff (shots, deworming), my gelding never had any of the care i hear about these days - chiro, supplements, etc.

then i took a 12 year break, just got back into the horse world this spring via leasing. and let me tell you......... i feel like a total greenhorn beginner now! so much to learn, so much new research that has been done over the years regarding horses. pretty much every day i read something new to me and my brain goes into sponge mode so i can learn as much as possible.
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Winterose View Post
no one has had a heated barn or arena,
Heated barns and arenas are for human convenience, not horse welfare. You're right that horses don't need them.

Originally Posted by Winterose View Post
I know there are allot of ways to work with and keep horses but i have never seen any of this stuff where you need to go into horses gently, when my mom rode she was lucky to have a saddle let also lessons or a "proper" fit of a horse to learn on.
If you have a tolerant horse you might be hurting it all the time and never know it. That's why people harp on learning to ride properly. Horseback riding is different from other sports because it's not just yourself you have to look out for.
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post #13 of 13 Old 10-01-2013, 05:53 PM
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It's all about what your final goal is. Do you want to have a horse for your own enjoyment and go by the "if it aint broke, don't fix it" regime.. or do you want a companion that you spend time with and will do everything humanely possible to ensure that they're consistently happy?

I'm definitely the latter individual. I board, and I would go without any amenties like heated wash stalls or groom or whatever as long as my horse got his chiropractic appointments, his supplements, his bi annual vet shots, hoof care, and his check ups when something isn't right.

That doesn't make me a better owner or a more correct owner than someone else. It's just how I choose to care for my horse, and how I encourage others to as well.

That being said, I am obsessed with riding to be the least pain to my horse. I know I have MANY flaws, and rather him be nice and happy with me taking lessons on a regular basis, than so-so with me kind of wrangling myself into riding him how I think I should.

Ignorance is one thing, stubborness is another. As is everyone's perception of what a good owner consists of. I know MANY owners that don't have arenas or even tack rooms, never has their horse seen a chiropractor but their horses are fine. I know my own horse would not be nearly as happy like that because he has a past with lots of baggage so I do my best to make him as comfortable and happy as possible :) And that for him.. means all the "extras"

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