Day #24 - Where I was in my horsemanship before I got my horse
I started riding at age 6 and became the proud owner of my first horse Sparky in January of 1993 when I was 13. I was a confident young rider at that point, walk/trot/canter and jump. I did not have a ton of experience with different horses but I think I was a pretty decent rider. I spent two years prior leasing a very hot Morgan mare named Tiffany, who taught me how to be a tactful yet effective rider. Sparky taught me patience and the importance of trust.
Dreamy came into my life much later, in 2003. Hmm..I just noticed that it was ten years after I got Sparky; actually it was ten years and four months. ;-) By the time I got Dreamy, I had been through college where I rode different horses multiple times a week in the equestrian program. All of my elective credits were earned in the equine program and I actually have a minor in equine studies. I don't think I would have been as confident in training Dreamy myself without the time I spent studying with Janet Briggs and Amy (something) at school. I am thankful to now have a wonderful instructor Judy Thibeau who has helped me immensely in the past three years.
Through all my successes with Dreamy, there have certainly been many mistakes. The time I put into her has allowed me to train Reva well. I think the things that took me forever to learn with Dreamy has taken much less time with Reva (THANK GOD). I do think that riding school horses (aka horses who know more than me, Dreamy, and Reva combined) would be beneficial to me at this point in my riding. But it is hard enough to find the time and money to take lessons on my own horses, so taking lessons on other horses has just not happened. But I am very happy where I am in my horsemanship. I wish I had time for more lessons and clinics, but overall I cannot complain. :-) I am a solid amateur rider, but by no means extraordinary and I will never be a trainer or instructor. I only have Second Level dreams, so it is all good. :-D
On a different note, I am kind of getting bored with the different NaBloPoMo prompts I have been using. LOL! Thankfully there are only six more days left! I am not always a great blogger, as I have times where I blog a lot and then times when I ignore my blog, so I figured I would need the prompts to help me along. Part of me wishes I had just done my own thing, but I like to finish what I start.
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