Originally Posted by Rebelwithacause View Post
I am new to this board, I hope I have posted this in the correct place! I have some experience with horses-- I worked on a ranch after college and also have done part time jobs working in stables. I am a beginner to intermediate rider, and I love horses. However; I am having a very difficult time finding someone in my area who offers any kind of training for western pleasure. It seems that everything is dressage ( I live in the HEART of the Tennessee Walking Horse Association).
I would love to one day (soon) purchase a horse. My work at the stable(s) was to give me a better working knowledge of how to care for one, and my time on the ranch taught me to ride, but I still need some guidance and would love to find a mentor. The problem is, I cannot find anyone ( either through Google searches, Facebook, Craigslist) that offers this or that will respond to me!
For those of you who are like me, ( i.e. didn't "grow up" around horses and are having to be self taught) how did you get started? Any suggestions on where to find someone/a place where I can learn these skills?
These folks are in Nolensville, the wife is my equine chiropractor. They are wonderful, ethical folks.
He and his wife own Crossroads ranch. https://www.facebook.com/josh.guin.9 http://joshguinhorsemanship.com/crossroads-ranch/
Josh is mainly Quarter Horses, which might be more to your liking.
However, if you want to stay in Murfreesboro, I can dig up the Walking Horse folks. They are breeders and trainers of pleasure Walkers, not the Performance Walkers.
Barn work and horse handling are the same regardless of breed and the basics of early horse training are the same with trotting horses as with gaited horses - except for lunging, Gaited horses need a bigger lunge circle to accommodate the sweeping movement of their shoulders.
Once in the saddle, some things are also different between trotting and gaited breeds.
Give Josh a call and see if he might be able to help you. His wife sure knows who "Joker's mom" is but Josh may not remember