I've been lurking around for a few months, picking up great advice to
other people's questions and adapting them to my own situation. Thanks
for all the great tips :-) I never thought I'd be posting, being a
naturally shy sort, but this latest idea that people are afraid to post
here because they might be harshly treated prompted me to jump in.
I wouldn't be afraid to post a question here, but I'd make sure to to
think very carefully...can I figure it out myself, at least partially?
Have I looked at my own responsibility in either causing or allowing the
problem behavior? If I ask myself these questions and find out that it
was due to my own stupidity/carelessness, I wouldn't post, but I would
still have learned something...and if it was due to ignorance, then I
better ask people with more experience than I have how to prevent such
things in the future.
Sure, there are some modes of expression I don't care for, but isn't that
my problem? There is too much excellent knowledge here to be put off by
such things...and if I am put off, I can always not read certain
My background: I've been riding for about 20 years (yikes! that long?).
I was fortunate enough to work for an excellent trainer in my ***s/early
twenties, and I credit him with teaching me everything I know -- not only
riding basics, but problem-solving techniques. Although I was able to
ride a lot of "push-button" horses that taught me things like what a good
canter departure is, I found that the horses that taught me the most and
provided the most enjoyment were those that made me work to figure out how
to get them to do what I was asking/telling. That is, for me, the
so-called"brats" were the best teachers, and many of my most joyful
moments were at the end of grueling lessons when the horse and I finally
"got it together" (or maybe "got it", together).
I currently have 2 horses on three acres in Georgetown, MA. My almost 30
y-o QH, Encino Donna Bar (Donna) was my first horse and has been a great
friend for more than 15 years. She is extremely sweet, the horse I used
to ride to relax and just "be". She has slowed down a lot -- arthritis
and COPD -- but is still happy and basically healthy. Hazel River
Ambition (Rudy) is a 9 yo Morgan and definitely would be called a "brat"
by some. He's very talented and intelligent (my opinion only -- no proof
here). We're not doing much now because my backyard facility does not
include arena lights, but once the days get longer we'll be back doing
I also have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a good-humored, long suffering husband...
Just thought I'd say hi...back to lurking for the time being...
My opinions are my own and no-one else's