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I feel I've been riding way too long to know as little as I do. Only just last week I learned what bell boots are and why people use them.

I know various fragments of information from helping around the place where I lease a horse, deworming them, giving them bute, grooming them. I know quite a bit about actual riding, but not much about the horse. I'd read a book, but I have ADHD and really have trouble reading past page one unless something beyond insanely interesting shows up. I want to learn more mostly because I want to be a equine veterinarian, and I'm going to be behind anyone else if I go to college and don't know 1/8th of the stuff everyone else knows. I'm going to ask my instructor if I can hang around some day he's doing vaccinations or something to see what happens and yeah.

Where's a good place to start learning for someone that basically knows nothing?
 

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listen & pay attention to people and what they are doing around the barn. its a great way to pick up tid bits of info...but caution...listen to everyone, believe some of what you hear there & on here, but don't always take it as gospel truth..the horse world as in many animal worlds is full of people that think they know but may not truly know what they are talking about

perfect example, when we used to board a seasoned rider told my daughter that her horse was steaming because the rain was hitting her back & causing the fog...in reality a hot horse steams when they have worked heavily in cooler temperatures and may require a cooler to wick off sweat so they don't chill
 

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listen & pay attention to people and what they are doing around the barn. its a great way to pick up tid bits of info...but caution...listen to everyone, believe some of what you hear there & on here, but don't always take it as gospel truth..the horse world as in many animal worlds is full of people that think they know but may not truly know what they are talking about

perfect example, when we used to board a seasoned rider told my daughter that her horse was steaming because the rain was hitting her back & causing the fog...in reality a hot horse steams when they have worked heavily in cooler temperatures and may require a cooler to wick off sweat so they don't chill
Well that, and even just a tiny bit of sweat in a cold winter (if you live in a place where it gets very cold). I've actually brought my horse in steaming because in the high humidity it looks like they're really hot because of the evaporation, but it's just high humidity and rain.

Did I just contradict everything you learned? :p
 

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If you're interested in learning about equipment, take a look at the online tack sellers. Browse their categories, look at stuff - sometimes it has pictures and descriptions. If you find stuff you'd like to know more about, open another tab in your internet browser and google the name of the item.

Watch videos of training exercises. Go on YouTube and look up the names of well known trainers (Like Clinton Anderson, the Parellis, Stacey Westall, etc) and look at how they ride and what's in their videos.
 

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Don't know what else there is to actually learn about riding (just a joke, you can always learn more). My instructor 9/10 times says I'm the best at whatever we're doing in class on a particular day. I know there's more to learn later, but for now I'd rather focus on horse anatomy and illnesses and things like that.
 

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Your willingness to learn is going to take you far. Never stop looking for answers and as somebody else mentioned...if you don't know, ask and google is always useful.
 

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Hi,

If you are looking to go to vet school and focus in equine medicine. I would suggest giving your local equine vet a call. Many of them will allow students and future students to shadow. If nothing else because its someone to talk to in the car. You would probably not be paid but you would see a lot and it would let you know if equine med was where you want to be. Also, it changes every minute so your ADHD would not prevent you from learning. Just my two cents.
 

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Hi,

If you are looking to go to vet school and focus in equine medicine. I would suggest giving your local equine vet a call. Many of them will allow students and future students to shadow. If nothing else because its someone to talk to in the car. You would probably not be paid but you would see a lot and it would let you know if equine med was where you want to be. Also, it changes every minute so your ADHD would not prevent you from learning. Just my two cents.
Sounds cool. The couple horsey vets I know are those kind of people that aren't mean, but take business very seriously and wouldn't allow someone to follow them around and reduce productivity. I'll ask my instructor if he knows anyone/place I could watch for a few weeks next summer.
 

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Well that, and even just a tiny bit of sweat in a cold winter (if you live in a place where it gets very cold). I've actually brought my horse in steaming because in the high humidity it looks like they're really hot because of the evaporation, but it's just high humidity and rain.

Did I just contradict everything you learned? :p
haha rain only causes steam if the rain is cold enough to change the air temp same scenario ..not in the case of 70 degree day as was the case I was talking about... I live in a high humidity area never have seen my horses steam as a result of humidity but that's an interesting concept and no you didn't contradict any thing but proved my point!
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I learned a lot of what I know by reading, and the rest I just picked up along the way.

I know you said reading doesn't work for you but if you are planning to become a vet you're going to have to read A LOT. To succeed you're going to have to work out a strategy that you can use to learn. School doesn't help much with this as the just sort of tell you what to do rsther than explaining that you ha ve to take responsibility for your learning. A problem I have is I don't take in spoken information well at all. To combat this I ensure that I constantly take notes throughout lectures to I can avtually process what I am hearing to knowledge. Find out what works for you whether it be drwaing extensive diagrams, writing down the key points of what you ead, colour coding veverything or reading in small set blocks.

You don't need to know everything about horses if you're around them all the time you pick it up.

I found I learned hea ps through Pony Club as they taught all about tack, feed etc and even had certificates youvcouldearn.
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And you know what, you can learn a lot and still feel like a dolt in your undergrad anatomy class.

Something you might consider is getting the "visual horse" skeleton model. Also, look at a school you might think about attending and look at the class book list, and consider picking up a few of those v
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