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Someone to ride my horse
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jamo    Posted 02-23-2004 at 04:34:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was reading Donna's message, and all others, about your riding experiences and need to ask a question. I have a horse that I dearly love but have not been able to ride for over a year due to a back injury. I am a very inexperienced rider but I would like to start again this spring. I think it would be best if someone rode him before I did. Where do you go to find someone like this? A trainer? And where would you look for a this person? I've tried asking friends and you know how that goes, everybody say "sure" and then nobody does anything. Thanks for your advice, Jan

Alias    Posted 02-23-2004 at 09:04:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Be very careful in selecting someone. There are a lot of riders but few real horse handlers. It might help narrow the field if you listed the state and county where you are located. ..........gfp

toolman    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:51:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
look for a professional trainer who makes his living doin it, even then ask around and get many references, ask about their techiques, how they go about it, a bad trainer is worst than no trainer, we have one woman like that around here shes ruined more horses than you can count, course the fellow down the road aways makes a good living trying to clean up her mess.a good person training your horse is invaluable, keep an eye on what he,s doing just to make sure your horse is ok , and ask him to work with you and your horse together as your horse gets ready for you again,he can train your horse but if you don,t know much or anything then your back to square one.

Clipper    Posted 02-23-2004 at 05:51:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Contact your local 4H for help.Lotta great folks in that organization. :^)

Linda in UT    Posted 02-23-2004 at 11:30:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was going to suggest contacting your local 4H, too. Find who runs the horsemanship group and go down and watch the kids with their horses at the meeting. That should give you some idea of the quality of their skills and the type of teaching the leader does. I have hired a couple of the kids in the past when I was unable to ride for awhile.

We happen to have one of the very best 4H horsemanship leaders here. And, when she can't teach, a couple of other excellent folks step in for her. I can't tell you how much I have learned just by going down and helping out with the meetings and watching and listening. These are very special folks.

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