Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
I understood that you want to do MORE with horses than just the logging, and want to learn different aspects of horse ownership, husbandry and / or riding and driving, correct?
If you want to learn "everything" about horses, I would probably start with learning about natural behavior and husbandry.
In my experience, we get volunteers every once in a while who want to "learn about horses" - unfortunately, most of them flake out the moment they realize that the vast majority of the work is not glamorous. As a horse owner, I have no shortage of interest from complete beginners who would like to come out at their convenience and ride my horse. But none of them want to work, get dirty and commit to coming out on a regular basis. So most of the time, for a horse owner (even more so for a barn manager), the time they put into teaching a volunteer has little reward.
So my suggestion would be start helping out with daily chores, be curious, keep an open mind and ask lots of questions. There's a lot to learn about feeding, pasture management, anatomy, behavior and body language, health care etc.
Once you have shown that you are reliable and you can make some personal connections, people are going to be much more willing to take the time and teach you how to ride and drive.
If you prefer to go straight to learning riding/driving, I would expect to pay for formal lessons.
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