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post #1 of 21 Old 05-18-2016, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Helping beginner horse owners.

Hello all.

I have recently found myself in the position of helping a new to horses family, with three young kids. The parents do not know anything about horses. They bought four horses right off the bat and kind of got screwed over by who they were working with. Coincidentally, they came to look at a horse I had for sale, and we met that way and I have been helping them ever since. They are the nicest people ever, but they are in way over their heads.

I am not really looking for advice on the situation itself, as I am helping them downsize and learn how to be around the horses myself, but what I am hoping you guys can help me with is finding materials for them to read/watch - Anything that you might find helpful.

Assume they know NOTHING - Like, brand new. I am looking for videos and articles concerning safety, body position, and just general all around information.

I have been sending them videos like crazy on days when I don't go ride with them, and I am looking for more. Anything they can get in my opinion is a good thing.

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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-18-2016, 05:13 PM
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Are you going to be their instructor in an official capacity, or are you mostly working in the capacity of a caring neighbor? And by the way, bless you for taking them under your wing and helping them get started - that's how we get new people into the sport and to become caring horse owners.

Here's the Certified Horsemanship Association videos. Lots of good "raw beginner" lessons.

Coursera has a "Horse Course" they can join and work through for free that pretty much explains everything about horses and their management, from evolution, colors, breeds, tack, hooves, etc. I'm taking it now to see how the course is and so far I like it! It's nice because it has a mobile app you can get, and it's easy to pull up a lesson on your phone when you have a bit of free time.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-18-2016, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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That is awesome!

I am their "instructor" but I don't see them as often as I'd like to. I will be doing an evaluation on their horses tonight to see which ones I think they should keep and which they should sell, and then begin the process of finding them more suitable mounts.

We have two cowhorse (Really, really nicely bred) horses who I actually really like, but the mom says they are bolting and misbehaving with the kids. Another is a 9yr old mare who I actually really like, but I guess she went out in public and had a meltdown at a schooling show. The other is a 2yr old halter POA who the vet said can't be ridden because of how bad his back legs are (Ouch.....)

So yeah. You can see the situation is a mess. I just want these people to get a break and not be totally turned off of horses forever. I don't know who got them into this mess but whoever did definitely took them for a ride to get the money out of them.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 21 Old 05-18-2016, 08:01 PM
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That is so awesome of you SH (Michaila I think...I love that name because it's my baby gd's name). Numbers at horse shows, clinics, rodeos, organized trail rides, etc, are critically down, it scares me, events being cancelled because there isn't enough interest. Anything to get people enjoying their horses and it takes knowledge and help to do this will get them out there and participating in equine events once more. Sad thing is, a person, family, etc. gets a horse, they don't know much, the horse does things that scares, annoys them, they give up and think horses aren't for me, just lost a potential horse enthusiast because they lacked knowledge & skill. I see it all the time, throughout the years. Only a hardy few stick with it and go on.

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
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post #5 of 21 Old 05-18-2016, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yep Michaela is right! :)

I hear ya. I really don't want this family to lose interest, because they genuinely want to learn, but have just gotten way over their heads.

Rode the horses tonight. The mare (Who has apparently been bolting with the kids) showed no such behavior with me - She is DEAD sided. Kick kick kick and not a lot of response. Really quick in the round pen though, no buck in her. She did however display a little bit of "I'm gonna turn my nose out and drift my shoulders this way...." which a swift kick corrected. I suspect that perhaps this is where it stems from, her trying to go back to the barn and the kids not having the ability to correct her.

The gelding, however, I am nervous about. I did not spend much time on his back. As soon as I go to get on, with his head bent around all the way, he immediately lifts his head and tries to stiffen his neck against me and his whole body tenses. They have had a chiropractor out to see him and he says nothing is wrong that way, so I am hoping he will be able to work through it. My saddle fits him fine. (As you guys know, this is not my first rodeo....) He is also one who has apparently "spooked" and tossed the mom off. It's strange though. The video from his previous owner shows him competing in team penning at the AQHA world show. Not really sure what is going on with him. Going to go out again tomorrow though....

Wish me continued luck!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-19-2016, 12:10 AM
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Will certainly wish you the best of luck. You're being an awesome steward into the wonderful world of horses for these people. I learned from people like you so I have no tips on the best books or videos.

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-19-2016, 03:11 AM
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well, even though they are in way over their heads, it behooves you to help them find successes, and , to some degree, hide from them the depth of their ignorance. don't reveal to them all at once what they should know . it will scare them off.

let them revel in each victory (letting them take as much credit as you can) and don't let them reall know that it is a minute fraction of what they'll need to do, eventually.
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post #8 of 21 Old 05-19-2016, 03:40 AM
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SH, bless you for taking this on!

It's never easy, but you'll definitely find it rewarding.

I found horse magazines my best bet- ignoring all the ads about miracle tail growth sprays and nutrient powder this and that. I also had an instructor who would lynch me if I bought any new "useless" equipment so I learned what I really needed and what I didn't.

Agree with tiny on the information over load- I was trying to explain to my other half how awesome it felt to ride a horse that had some good flatwork training under saddle, and he's at the stage where left rein means left and kick means go faster and as much as he was interested he couldn't comprehend it.

Get them to a library, find some old school riding and care books. They tend to be the best kind, I wish I still had a copy of my old one so I could remember the name!
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post #9 of 21 Old 05-19-2016, 09:40 AM
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If you are in the States, visit the local County Extention (usually in cooporation with a State University) office for 4-H material. The kids can participate in 4-H and learn tons about horses as can their parents by osmosis. If they do a project with a group leader, they will have another source of info in addition to yourself.

I was a 4-H leader for 25 years (dog project) and all my kids over the years (and their parents) learned a lot!
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