Blaming the horse for not listening when the failure is on your part won’t make things better. Take an honest look at yourself first and think about what you might be doing wrong because only then can the situation truly become better. Riders must stay emotionally neutral; it is easier said than done for sure, but you must learn to separate your emotions from your riding.
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You love horses and think having a career with horses would be a dream come true, right? But you are not sure your riding skills are up to becoming a trainer. No problem. Regardless of your level of riding, the good news is there are plenty of other ways to earn a living while enjoying horses.
The lessons to be learned here are pretty simple. We can inadvertently teach horses all sorts of undesirable behaviors without even realizing it. The methods I used to get him to trust me after his abusers (he was beaten, starved, and well, he went through hell) were those that came naturally to me — the same methods I would use to help a human. And that is the key here — Charlie is not a human, he is a horse.
Making to the decision about putting your horse down is difficult. This article was written to help you come to peace with knowing what the right thing is for you and your horse. The decision of whether or not to let your horse go should be made based on what is right for your horse – not yourself. It is a decision you will have to live with for the rest of your life and therefore, should be made out of compassion and selfless love. The decision as to whether you wish to be there during the process should be made based on what is best for you.
How much does a horse trainer earn? Do you have to be certified? Have an equine degree? You have been riding for years and now think you want a career as a horse trainer. Do you have a real idea of what the position entails? Los Angeles area, professional trainer, Chris Cervantes, offers some words of wisdom about becoming a horse trainer.
I wish horses could talk. They would probably look at us with big, sad eyes, and just ask, “Why?” There is a vast difference between a horse in pain or so ill that euthanasia humanely would be a gift and a horse suffering only from the callousness of humans. Most auction horses have simply outlived a human purpose and when they stop making money become a liability and their owners were either unwilling, or unable to own up to the financial responsibilities of horse ownership. In most cases of OTTB (off track thoroughbreds) it is a case of unwilling.
Horse tripping is just what it sounds like. Horses are made to gallop at break neck speeds reaching 25 to 30 mph and then tripped with ropes. Why? Because some people think it is a sport. But it is not a sport. The definition of “sport” is “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.” These horses are not competing against humans. They are trying to survive. Here are the facts and ways you can help make horse tripping illegal in Nevada.
You ride, maybe you even own your own horse and board somewhere. You are the client. The client is always right. Right? Wrong. Clients pay for the privilege of enjoying a riding facility. If you do not own your own horse, you are also paying for the privilege of riding someone elses’ horse. Even though you may be paying good money to take lessons from a trainer, they do not work for you. They are not your employees, you are not responsible for their safety, healthcare benefits, and you do not sign their paychecks.
Unless you specifically have permission from a horse owner, resist the urge to give other horses carrots, apples, hay, feed, or treats. Many horses have health issues and must be on a specific diet. Older horses may have pre-diabetes and even giving them carrots can make them sick. Horses recovering from colic, abscesses, or leg problems often need special diets, or strict scheduled feeding. Also, hand feeding treats can teach some horses bad habits like nipping, pawing, or begging for treats. Whenever giving treats (with permission) to someone elses’ horse, put treats into a bucket — and do not offer them from your hand unless the owner says it is okay.
If it has never occurred to you to tip your groom than, clearly you do not fully appreciate the hard work of these taken-for-granted, behind-the-scenes folks. When I was a non-tipper I genuinely did not appreciate that horses are never on self-care mode and the amount of time, attention, and hard work that they require of the people responsible for their care.
If you are not sure what a camel toe is, think reverse wedgie on a woman. If your pants are outlining your lady parts, you are guilty of showing off a camel toe. It is not pretty, it is one of those few things that across the globe is considered icky.
March 1st is National Horse Protection Day. I ask only two things of you. If you have a horse, love them extra today and remember horses not as fortunate as yours. Remember those who won’t be getting a hug today, but will end up abandoned, abused, or purchased by a kill buyer. Don’t tune out to the problem, take a step forward by at least acknowledging there is a problem. But to be the best voice possible for horse you also need to be willing to listen.
There are times you want people to see your undies. Sexy times. For day-to-day wear, and exercise and sports (horseback riding counts as both) your underwear should work as hard as you do and should be worn, not seen. Underwear that rides up, bunches, cuts off circulation, or that is too tight or too big, will cause you discomfort, be more prone to showing panty lines and will serve as a distraction (or torture device) when twisting and cutting into your sensitive areas while riding.
Sore Crotch From Riding? Might Be Your Undies. If your crotch is sore, raw, or bruised after riding, or you are losing hair “down stairs” you could be suffering from underwear wardrobe malfunction. Here are styles and types of underwear to help protect you against rubbing and sores while horseback riding.
When I first started riding I was given instructions on how to get on and off a horse, how to hold the reins, position my hands, and all the other usual beginner stuff. I was even told to get riding breeches, paddock shoes, gloves, a hair net, half chaps, and a safety helmet. But no one told me about underwear.
My grandparents owned a beautiful 120 or so acre farm in Myersville, MD. The grew some crops, but mostly raised black angus cattle for meat. I petted the cows, talked to them, and scratched their soft fuzzy faces. I even enjoyed the feeling of their soft tongues licking the salt from my hands. I gazed into their docile eyes and told them I loved them, but because I was raised in a culture where it was okay to eat beef, I was able to push it out of my mind that the beautiful sweet creature I was petting would end up as someone’s hamburger.