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post #11 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 08:31 PM
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I second the studdy online and reading bit. I moved away from the 'mentor' I had IRL, and after another decade of searching I found Patrick Kaye and Bent Branderup, and Will Faeber to some extent.

I believe a lot of where the nastyness of the horse community comes from is people just taking their own mentor's word for granted, and not continuing to learn from other sources or question their knowledge. With so many excellent horse people in the world, it's unlikely your real one and only is that trainer down the street IMHO. It takes some searching to find your special gurus.
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post #12 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 08:38 PM
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I'm usually the lone mule/donkey lover in any crowd, so people just back away from me slowly

And god, I couldn't live with an equine I couldn't pet/love on. What would be the point of it all? You might as well just buy a car or a motorcycle.
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post #13 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 08:47 PM
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I am lucky with the trainer I have. She is my geldings TIP trainer and is continuing the training process. She has competed in Extreme Mustang Makeover and trains several mustangs every year. As well as other horse breeds. I had been a fan of hers for years and when I decided I wanted a horse, she was the only person I wanted to train. She is great with my gelding
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post #14 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 09:24 PM
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I would look on craigslist. I also got lucky with my riding instructor. She has ridden all her life and has taught me everything I know (and at a very reasonable price)

I went to buy a saddle from a lady that owned a ton of quarter horses and paints. She was talking about all of the ribbons she had won with her horses and towards the end she asked me what kind of horse I had. I replied "a saddlebred" and that was all she needed to hear. This sweet old lady suddenly turned into a complete snob! Lol. Oh my, if looks could kill. She gave me a snobby look and said "you need to get a better horse if you want to jump." I laughed and got in the car but in my mind I already strangled her like twice lol I'm so tired of the saddlebred critiques in my area. Quarter horses, paints, and Tennessee walkers aren't the only horses worth having for jumping and trails. The closed mindedness of some people...

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post #15 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 11:12 PM
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^^^or worse yet be around any competitive people and say your horse is grade!
As a 4-H kid, I took great pleasure in leaving rich kids crying on their multi-thousand dollar purebreds as I rode off with trophies on my $200 grade horse.

That said, I haven't been near a show ring since then. This is mostly as a result of my observations of the pro circuits while I was a somewhat idealistic kid. But to the OP I say don't be discouraged. There are plenty of performance horse folks on this forum. Most everyone I've encountered here are good hearted people. I doubt they'll steer you wrong.
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post #16 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 11:23 PM
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I don't know if looking for a mentor is the best idea. People with lots of knowledge and time to share it are often professionals, others with lots of knowledge have little time, and it seems those who have the time have no knowledge to share.

I think you'd be better off looking for some friendly people. Board your horse somewhere that the people are pretty nice and accepting, responsible and somewhat successful and befriend them. One person isn't going to have all the answers, but if you have a handful of friendly, helpful people then they can help you on the way.

I learned so much from the people I kept my horse with. I learned more than I would have with probably any trainer. But I learned different things from different people, sometimes I'd learn two or three different ways of doing something, and then I was able to find out what worked for me.
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post #17 of 52 Old 03-01-2015, 11:24 PM
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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
Javi, by the time I got my last horse, she was over 20 years old and already well trained. But you should have seen people back away from her when they learned that she was a BLM mustang. Many of them acted like she would tear through the fence and kill everyone just for the fun of it
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post #18 of 52 Old 03-02-2015, 12:19 AM
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Haha my colleagues and I are actually doing a social experiment on sort of the same thing but we aren't focusing on breeds but more of stating opinions on sports and training methods and seeing the reaction, and let me tell you, people are quick to argue about your opinion on here. Honestly I don't think my opinion of a particular type of riding should matter to anyone, but it does lol. Haha I wouldn't be upset if someone said they didn't like eventing, I can see why some wouldn't. Oh and we also posted stuff on other forums and if you think horse people are bad, you should see the dog people. We've actually received threats because we said we didn't like certain dog training methods lol

But to get to your question, Google is awesome. You can just look up stables in your area and just start making phone calls. Every boarding stable I've ever seen always has at least one trainer or instructor. also like some said, craigslist is also good. If you know people who will give you an unbiased opinion, you could also ask them if they know anyone. Just look around until you find a good match for you and your horse, and if you have to fire a few until you find the perfect one, that's perfectly fine. Don't feel guilty, it's your money after all
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post #19 of 52 Old 03-02-2015, 12:26 AM
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Haha my colleagues and I are actually doing a social experiment on sort of the same thing but we aren't focusing on breeds but more of stating opinions on sports and training methods and seeing the reaction, and let me tell you, people are quick to argue about your opinion on here. Honestly I don't think my opinion of a particular type of riding should matter to anyone, but it does lol. Haha I wouldn't be upset if someone said they didn't like eventing, I can see why some wouldn't. Oh and we also posted stuff on other forums and if you think horse people are bad, you should see the dog people. We've actually received threats because we said we didn't like certain dog training methods lol

But to get to your question, Google is awesome. You can just look up stables in your area and just start making phone calls. Every boarding stable I've ever seen always has at least one trainer or instructor. also like some said, craigslist is also good. If you know people who will give you an unbiased opinion, you could also ask them if they know anyone. Just look around until you find a good match for you and your horse, and if you have to fire a few until you find the perfect one, that's perfectly fine. Don't feel guilty, it's your money after all
A lot of times it's not the opinion that gets people's backs up. It's the way the opinion is presented.

For example: There was someone on here a while back who posted a thread about not "getting" hunters. She went on to say that all people who ride hunters have horrible posture and their horses travel funny, so she didn't understand why anyone would want to ride that discipline. It offended a lot of people. Heck, I don't even ride hunters and I was a bit offended by her tone and the way she said things. If she had said "Could someone explain why hunters is so popular? I don't understand the equitation or training involved", it probably would have gone over a WHOLE lot better.

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post #20 of 52 Old 03-02-2015, 12:55 AM
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Could it be that some people are too sensitive. I myself prefer quarter horses or paints but that doesn't mean I don't see the beauty in other breeds. Still me and my friends who choose the beauty of those other breeds still like to argue the attributes of our chosen breed. No offense meant and no offense taken.

As far as mentors I was lucky enough to have several come into my life and I whole heartedly agree with Saskia about taking in what each tells you and then use what works for you. Doesn't mean that one person was right and the rest wrong because each person is going to teach what works for them. sometimes you even mix and match that advice. There is always more than one way to skin a cat.

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