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RE: [RC] When does a newbie cease being a newbie? - Nancy Mitts

I've got this apparently weird concept that new just means new. If you've got 2 people sitting at a ride meeting at their first ride and one has been reading about endurance and conditioning their horse for 2 years and the other found out about the ride at their local feed store the day before, they're both newbie's. Neither one has actually seen and experienced such a thing. The term doesn't address their preparation, or future potential as skilled endurance riders.
Because the first person has prepared, they should have an idea what to look for, procedure wise, and recognize a vet check for instance, when they see it. The other person may not. Once you've got an idea what is going on, you're not a newbie any more as far as I'm concerned. The concept that we're always learning doesn't mean "new". In fact, the better grasp you have on how much there is to learn the less "newbie" you are.
Now, I've heard there are people who wake up in a new world every day, so perhaps there are people in a perpetual state of newbieness, in a state of mind sort of way.

Nancy Mitts

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?
Four.     Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg."

  -- Abraham Lincoln


Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 04:41:30 -0800
From: trailyaya@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] When does a newbie cease being a newbie?
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Now here's a question that should provoke some thought.  At what point does a newbie cross over? 

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