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post #1 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Horse "know-it-alls"

I have returned to showing quarter horses after being out of it for 20 years and just enjoy learning most of all. Have gone to shows, sales and other horse events to seek advice and am really turned off at all of the condescending know-it-alls and cliques I've encountered.


I'm getting involved with 4H again and really appreciate the learning opportunities available for youth and adults like myself as well. I'm not an "out for blood" competitor, but appreciate what I've learned at each show to improve.

How do you find a "mentor" without paying an expensive trainer???
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I once read an article about why the horse community is the way it is. It stated that horse folks are often strong, individualistic people who don't always work well together. I've experienced some of the same issues in getting back into horses. No community is ever going to be 100% welcoming, there's always a few buttheads in the mix who feel threatened by any newcomer.

One way to find a mentor is to help someone whose style you enjoy. You can learn a lot helping around a barn, assisting someone at a show, etc. It teaches you the "ground up" type work you need to master to be a better competitor and horseperson.
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I have noticed this recently since I have a Mustang. THe quarter horse is the most popular horse in my area and all anyone keeps. When certain people find out my horse is a Mustang they all talk about how terrible he must be. When I explain I have a trainer that specializes in mustang trainers they say that their horse is automatically better since it is a Quarter horse. Oh well
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I have noticed that most people I deal with are QH/ Paint people, and every other breed is inferior, Arabians are terrors, Gaited horses are a waste of time, and not worth looking at etc.. which most people know is nonsense, but it seems to be a common theme around me

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
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I was also told that I should not get too emotionally close to my horse. That petting would only ruin a relationship. A horse that is petted would never respect me as a rider. I want a horse to ride but never would I not want to pet him.
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How do you find a "mentor" without paying an expensive trainer???
I found a lady on Craigslist who needed help exercising her horses. She taught me everything I know today, which has helped me train my gelding.

One thing I've noticed is that most breed people tend to be cliqueish. Stock horse people think other breeds are wastes of space. Arab people think all other breeds are inferior. Gaited people think non-gaited horses are worthless. I have a draft cross. I get it from everybody. Yet I have the horse that everyone loves to be around because he's so calm, gentle and well-behaved.

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I have noticed that most people I deal with are QH/ Paint people, and every other breed is inferior, Arabians are terrors, Gaited horses are a waste of time, and not worth looking at etc.. which most people know is nonsense, but it seems to be a common theme around me
Try being around those people and say you have a TB
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^^^or worse yet be around any competitive people and say your horse is grade!

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post #9 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 09:25 PM
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How do you find a "mentor" without paying an expensive trainer???
Unless you have a grandparent in the business, I think that's asking for a lot.

Study online. Read books. Go to clinics. Watch DVDs. Read forums.

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I was also told that I should not get too emotionally close to my horse. That petting would only ruin a relationship. A horse that is petted would never respect me as a rider. I want a horse to ride but never would I not want to pet him.
Ack! Horrible advice!
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Try being around those people and say you have a TB
Your statement made me laugh! Tell people you have a TB and an Appaloosa.I've been told they are the craziest breeds ever and we are even crazier for having them! This came from a QH person.
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