Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
Not all trainers are the same. I would suggest finding one that works for you and taking lessons.
My trainer and I have a symbiotic relationship. I see things in his horses that he does not. He sees things in my riding and horses that I cannot.
It is through those exchanges of ideas and observations that BOTH of us benefit. He is 70+ years old and been professionally training bridle horses for 50+ years and he will tell you that he still does not know it all. Even he still attends seminars to improve his knowledge and riding.
The fact that he will readily admit to that is precisely the reason I want him riding and training my horses.
See the quote at the bottom of my page? That was him. I have one horse that to date has eaten 5 overconfident riders for breakfast. Anyone who gets on Oliver, needs to check their ego at the door.
I can ride him, not because of how much I know or how good of a rider I am, but because I know how much more I have to learn.
IMO, someone allowing you to ride their personal horse is giving you an honor, one that should never be taken for granted. With horses, on your end there is a delicate three way balance between healthy confidence, willingness to learn and humility.
If you want to ride for other people first, you need to know what you don’t know and that is a lesson much more gently learned from another human, than from 1100 lbs of muscle.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer