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Re: Horse Training HELP!
I, too, think you have answered your own question. My suggestion from a
person with no formal training would be to find a "mentor" in endurance and
go RIDE, really RIDE. A good mentor is more valuable than gold. You need
your confidence built up, not torn down. Your instructor is why I have
shied away from lessons though I have recently met a gal that I think I
could learn from and may give it a shot. I have always wanted to. $800 a
month!! That makes me a little queasy!! $10,000 trail Arab!! That makes
me a little light headed! :) Come on, folks. There must be someone out
there willing to do some trail riding/mentoring with this gal and her
Mieske's Silver Lining
10601 S. Richards Rd.
McBain, Michigan 49657
> From: GrgGmiller@aol.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RC: Horse Training HELP!
> Date: Monday, March 20, 2000 5:08 PM
> I need some advice from the experienced riders out there, preferrably
> dressage & endurance experience........
> I bought my first young horse 2 yrs ago, trained her myself with the help
> John Lyons video tapes . All went well for first 15 months, until she
> approached 4 1/2 yrs old. I started taking dressage lessons with her
> asking for light contact. Within 3 months of lessons, I have gotten
> "bronc'd" off twice. Once on the trail after crossing water on a loose
> and once in the arena practicing 20 meter circles at the trot. Thinking
> might need her and me in full dressage training, I changed instructors.
> mare has been in full training for 4 months now. The trainer says that
> will be another 6 months before she is ready to take out on the trail,
> she is very insecure and I am too novice to handle her on the trail. It
> costing $800 per month to train her and me. At this rate, I will have a
> $10,000. 5 yr old trail arabian! I have been riding horses for 5 years,
> days a week, taking dressage lessons constantly. I am competent, but not
> highly experienced. MY QUESTION: Does this sound normal, or is my
> book the one getting trained?
> P.S. The instructor loves to tell me how uncapable I am and how
> ride her, she (the trainer) has to spend 2 days fixing her. I have lost
> confidence in myself and my decisions. HELP.
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