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post #1 of 17 Old 03-27-2017, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Relearning what I have forgotten

Hello, I'm from southern Oklahoma, live here with my wife and two kids. Its been many years since I last had any horses and Ive forgotten so much of what I used to know. My kids are entering their teen years and do not like doing things with Dad anymore, wife works most weekends, and I burned myself out on fishing after being obsessed for the last 20+ years. So I found myself in search of a new hobby and a pasture that was only sitting empty. Jumped back in with both feet and bought a 3 year old grade quarter horse filly. She's much greener than what I was told so its been slow going, but making progress and she's been great for my stress. Also let a friend move her horses in as a matter of convenience for her and her fiance, and we get to all help each other out when needed. Looking forward to the chat, discussions, and relearning horse sense
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-27-2017, 11:48 PM
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If I was to offer advice (which you didn't ask for), I would send her to a trainer in a year or so and have him or her put at least three months of training on her. I would take riding lessons in the meantime, and do a lot of reading. And once I had her back I would continue lessons so as to learn how to continue her training.

At least, that's approximately what I did, when I found myself in very similar shoes to yours, and those decisions have smoothed my way, and that of my mare, immeasurably.

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 01:41 AM
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Welcome to the forum @oklaoutdoorliving ! Things have come a long way in the equestrian world over the last several years so don't worry about relearning what you forgot. I always say about the time I THINK I know something they go and change it up on me. LOL Enjoy your journey with your new horse and learning all the new stuff out there. Unfortunately there's also a lot of bad "knowledge" so the hardest part is figuring out what's good info and what's bad.

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post #4 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 08:41 AM
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Welcome to the forum! First off, try not to worry about re-learning. :) It will take time but you will get everything figured out. If you want, you can get a trainer to help you as well because that may move things alone faster but I hope you enjoy your new horse! You'll definitely find lots of good information here. Don't hesitate to ask any questions!

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post #5 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thankyou for the warm welcome. She will not be going to a trainer nor will I be taking lessons. It's a journey she and I are on together and we will see where it takes us. If in the end I never have more than a big grass eating dog, it is what it is. I didn't find her to be involved in big groups of other horse owners. Obnoxious people is thebiggest part of why I've left fishing behind, I have no intention of seeking out that element in the horse world.
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 02:10 PM
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Welcome!

And honestly, I have to comment - if you are just getting back into riding after a long time off with rusty skills, I think it's going to be important to send her to a trainer eventually. Doesn't mean you have to go out and be involved with the wider horse world if you don't want to, just educate your mare so she's a solid citizen.

As a father, you wouldn't let your kids not go to school, would you? Because eventually, they're going to leave the nest and need the skills they'll learn in the wider world to take care of themselves, and achieve success.

Horses are a lot the same way - they live a long time, and we can't promise them forever. Eventually, things change. Health problems, injuries, job losses, economic ups and downs, etc. Something is bound to change over the next 20+ years of this mare's life, and you may have to part ways with her, even if you don't want to, or don't think it will happen.

Making sure both she and you have a good, well-practiced skill set are the best ways of ensuring that you have a long, safe, and fun life of riding together :)
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 03:12 PM
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you sound like a hearty sole with a lot of self confidence and a keen sense of adventure. gotta like that.

I get that you are wanting to head out and learn what you can on this journey. that's cool. please don't discount, however, what you can learn from another rider/trainer.

I've learned sooooo much from trainers, friends, forum members. no way would I have learned that in a lifetime of thrashing around on my own.
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post #8 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Of course you have to comment. I see now after exploring the forums that joining here was a mistake. Im not going to waste any more of my time on this. Ive got better things to do......
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post #9 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 03:13 PM
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Of course you have to comment. I see now after exploring the forums that joining here was a mistake. Im not going to waste any more of my time on this. Ive got better things to do......

ok. best of luck.
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post #10 of 17 Old 03-28-2017, 03:24 PM
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Don't see how joining was a mistake, that's a bit harsh after we have given you such a nice welcome, seems like you are very defensive- well good luck to your horse, hopefully that wasn't a mistake either.
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