If the trainer/BO don't mind, I'd recommend you use some of your time at the barn to observe lessons or watch people work their horses. You'll learn a lot just watching other people.
The trainer and BO dont mind. This is something I try to do as much as I can. Whenever shes teaching, ill just stop and stand and watch for a bit.
Try to identify any other boarders who look like they ride well and whose horses seem well trained. Observe and make friends with those people as they can be great resources and potential riding buddies.
The only thing is Im not sure if im really compatible with the other boarders. Im the only guy there and Im the 2nd or 3rd youngest id say - Im 34.
If the BO or trainer is doing something interesting, ask if there's anything you can do to help.
I always observe this and havent noticed anything yet. Just the norm - feed, etc. Because the BO is handicapped and has a prostetic leg, the good thing is that people are always sitting with him on his quad helping out doing feed, etc. Every time I go there, I always see someone different helping him out. Its a pretty touching story really. Everyone there cares so much for the BO. The trainer helps with the feed a lot, the boarders and even some of the kids who do lesson there.
I would love to offer to help but it seems he has more than enough hands helping him, plus I then remember how at the old barn I was too focused on feeding everynight (since i ran the feed there) and it really cut into my learning time. Its such a breath of fresh air at this new place not having to feed 30 horses every night, then check the waters, etc.
There's lots of things you can do at the barn to improve your skills and knowledge, that don't have anything to do with your horse.
True and im open to this, always observing and keeping my eye open.
Whenever the vet or farrier are out here, I'm always hanging around watching and asking questions. I don't think it bothers them; they seem to like teaching people who are eager to learn.
I do as well. I had my farrier come last Sunday and we chatted for a good half hour after. He was telling me all about how he feeds his horses hay cubes now and no longer square bales. Interesting. I never even knew hay cubes existed but I do now.
It's really good to give your mare days off. But that doesn't mean you have to take a day off from improving your self. Try to find ways to broaden your knowledge by getting involved with other things going on at the barn
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Well it wasnt until today (Sarah mentioned) that I found out that even just bringing in your horse into the barn and grooming her was considering working in the horses eyes. So all those days where i went and just planned on grooming her, I thought they were days off for her but turns out they werent?!
My guess is that its the "leading and putting on the halter" that makes her see it as being worked. Now if I brush her in her paddock with her free, thats not seen as work is it?
If thats the case then that means the last time where I didnt ask anything from was 2 weeks ago where i took the night off from seeing her and that was the ONLY day since ive had her where i didnt halter her at least once. i always thought that she loves to be haltered everyday cause she gets to leave her paddock, see new surroundings etc.
One reason why I see her everyday is because shes alone and horses get bored in their paddocks. So by me taking her out of her paddock at least once a day, I would think it would be beneficial. Plus I do still believe that it helps her that she sees me so much and spends a lot of time with me.
When she is finally in a herd, at least if I take a day off from seeing her, she will have friends to keep her company, play with, etc.
Like I said, since Ive gotten her just over 4 months ago, Ive gone every single day to see her BUT one day (and that was 2 weeks ago). Once shes in a herd, I do plan on taking 1 day off every 2 weeks.
I got to the barn today, was pulling in and as usual I was looking to see if shes still in her paddock. I couldnt see her and all of a sudden got a bit excited thinking she was FINALLY put in the herd. But nope, was dissapointed.
Im getting a little impatient, I hope they put her in the herd this week. This Friday will be 6 weeks. Remember the BO said quarentine is 3 weeks.
I dont know what the hold up is. Theyre going to first put her in a small area right next to the herd they want to put her in, so they can all get more acquainted and sniff each other over a fence etc. They will do this for at least a few hours, if not half a day just to make sure they are fine. Then if all is well, they will put her in the herd and watch some more. I want to be there for it, cause Im so curious how my mare reacts when put in a herd finally. But i know chances are they will most likely do it in the day time so im gonna be at work. :( I just want it to happen, put her in the herd already!