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Re: RC: The Trainer Is God (wasDead Horse at NASTR)
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- Subject: Re: RC: The Trainer Is God (wasDead Horse at NASTR)
- From: "Judy Finchum" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 11:45:06 -0500
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 08:56:31 -0400
From: "Carolyn Burgess" <email@example.com>
Subject: RC: Dead Horse at NASTR
<html><DIV>The Trainer is God! You don't see this alot in endurance because most endurance people train themselves, their horses, or have endurance friends who help. Oh, and the biggest one, en
urance people seem to have a brain and minds of their own. You see that in the way people post to ridecamp. But you see the Trainer is God attitude in Western, Hunter and Dressage cir
les. "The trainer says I have to wear these breeches", "The trainer says I have to have this saddle", "The trainer says I have to have this horse", and so on. I fired two trainers for sa
ing stupid things and figured I couldn't do worse that the trainer and save myself a few bucks in the process. </DIV>
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I boarded my horse at a dressage barn for 2 years. The care there
was excellent and I needed to know my horse was in good hands as I
knew I would be facing some surgery in the future. Before the surgery,
I would saddle up and ride out on the trails for 4 & 5 hours at a time. I was
unaware of it, but some of the boarders wondered/worried
about the length of time I was out. I always rode with a cell phone and they
soon settled in to my unorthodox ways & strange looking outfits & gear : )
I had long ago ceased using the nose band on my horse's bridle. When
asked by some of the boarders why I didn't use a nose band, I
told them I felt it wasn't necessary as she does not avoid the bit, and not
having it allows her to eat more comfortably as we ride along. I have taught
her to eat on the command, "EAT" : ) I got some strange looks, but
everything was cool. I also took our dressage lessons sans
noseband . Just about everyone at the barn used the flash nose bands, or the
figure eight. They were good people, though, and we learned from each other.
I made arrangements for the owner of the barn, an excellent rider &
my dressage instructor, to continue with Hilary's dressage while I recuperated
from the surgery. The first time I went to the barn to observe a
lesson (I love to see my horse under saddle....she's beautiful!),
Chris had put a flash nose band on Hilary's bridle. I didn't say
anything....I knew Chris wouldn't give her the "EAT" command : ) I
observed another lesson a month later, and the flash band had
been removed. Nothing was ever said between Chris & me , but I guess
she found Hilary went as well, or better, without the flash band.
I have had good luck with my trainers and I am looking forward to my
Hilary, who recognizes the trainer as "Herd Leader"
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