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post #21 of 31 Old 08-16-2013, 05:07 PM
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Always remember to check your horses' hooves and legs before a ride or any other activity. Refrain from riding until you get a certain diagnosis and treatment options if he's even slightly off.

When it comes to horses, don't make assumptions, don't hold onto plans, don't expect certain results. That way, you will give your horse a free path to show his own potential.

Don't humanize your horse, instead - become more of a horse yourself to understand your partner. Learn how their minds work.
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post #22 of 31 Old 08-17-2013, 09:13 PM
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When you have a horse, you throw money in one end and get poop out the other
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post #23 of 31 Old 08-18-2013, 08:36 AM
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Horses aren't toys.
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post #24 of 31 Old 08-19-2013, 10:55 PM
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Don't be scared of your horse being scared; if you have to, fake your confidence till you make it. Letting a horse know you're afraid can be a recipe for disaster.
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post #25 of 31 Old 08-20-2013, 09:09 PM
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Check your horses legs before and after you ride, feel for warmth, and swelling, and after you ride feel for difference to before you ride.

Go on the occasional hack, they are mentally relaxing for both of you.

Try new things, disciplines, and activities. It will keep you both from getting bored.

Don't blame it on the horse, its usually not the horses fault.

Just because you have a trustworthy horse, don't become unsafe. (learned this the hard way with a concussion)

Don't buy a horse until you are financially, mentally, and physically ready. Also emotionally.

If you cant care for your horse find someone that can. Before its too late.
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post #26 of 31 Old 08-21-2013, 10:12 AM
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I've only been riding three years, but here's what I've learned:

Balance is key.

Don't exaggerate or overestimate your riding ability - just because you can jump 3ft on a schoolmaster doesn't mean you can on a green horse. Be honest about your abilities with yourself and your instructor, know your limits and don't push yourself until you are ready.

Yet, at the same time, don't underestimate yourself. Riding (or anything having to do with horses) is as much a mental thing as it is physical, if not more so. Lack of confidence in yourself or your horse's ability will keep you stuck in a rut if you let it.

Keep an open mind, but if you and your horse have something that work for you, continue doing that. People in the horse world love to give advice - some bad, some good. Sometimes even good advice won't be the best advice for you. My advice - ask several people more experienced than you who have had the same issue with themselves or their horse. You'll likely get several different ideas on how to fix the problem, and experiment with them. Don't religiously follow one person's advice, but don't try every Joe Shmoe's technique.

Expect anything from any horse. Don't get lazy about basic horse safety just because you believe your horse won't do anything.

Little things turn into big things - quickly. Nip bad behavior in the bud. Don't be afraid to get after a horse. Previously well-mannered horses can be spoiled very fast by people who let them get away with murder.

At the same time, be patient. Remember why you got into horses (to enjoy them!) Take a break and head out of the arena every once in a while. Don't beat yourself up during or after a ride. Work your hardest to be the best you can be.

Overall, what you need is balance. Not only the balance that keeps you from plunging to the ground off your horse's back, but in your actions. Always be prepared for the worst but hope for the best. Try to learn as much as you can but don't even act like you'll ever know it all. Don't be afraid to ask for help but don't be afraid to work things out yourself (!not big/dangerous things!). It's how you'll learn.

Balance is key.
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post #27 of 31 Old 08-21-2013, 03:36 PM
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Horses are generally very big and you will not win by being TOO bossy
They cost loads of money and take loads of your time
Look after their feet
They should not be fed to much
They love to be in work and doing something - whether ridden or not .
A rider needs to be the leader , whether you have had a bad day or not
There is no such thing as a bombproof . non spooky horse - It is just not what they are . some are much better than others .
They need time , compassion and consistency .
Thats Why I love them
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post #28 of 31 Old 08-21-2013, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Saranda View Post

Be ready to change yourself in order to change something in your horse.
Love this! That statement might very well sum up 'horsemanship' in one sentence, if that is possible.
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post #29 of 31 Old 08-24-2013, 10:05 PM
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The big one.
When you fall, get back on.
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post #30 of 31 Old 08-28-2013, 10:39 AM
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Horses fart. I mean like all the time. They don't write about that part in the Black Stallion books. ;)

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