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  • I dont know where to start?!

    I am a professional rider at a sales barn. I ride a lot of green horses and its so easy to lose some basic things when I am constantly focusing on the progression of the horse. Plus, its incredibly helpful to be reminded of the "feeling" of things so I can compare with the greenies.

    I would like to take some lessons to work on myself. Mainly my eye over larger fences, which it seems I have lost. The problem I run into is finding a place with (1) and instructor advanced enough to actively and constructively teach me and (2) a horse that can do it.

    I would like to make this a semi regular thing. Obviously, the salary of a rider isn't much so I cant afford it weekly, nor do I have time to but once a month would be perfect. Right now I go and school horses at a local boarding school on my day off but most of those horses have some kind of lameness that prevents them from jumping about 3'6".

    Thanks so much!

    I am in the tri-state area and don't mind traveling (just not more than 2 hours) or exchanging my services for lessons.
    "Using draw reins without spurs is like going to the bar with no underwear on. You're just waiting to get f***ed."

  • #2
    Which tri state area, there are about 4, at least, referred to that way.

    Possibly you could offer your services on other Pro's sale horses and they could teach you on it at a reduced rate? Or even free? Any shot your employer could see the considerable advantage (both for you, the horse and exposure to potential buyers and contacts) in having you attend a clinic on one?

    I think you are going to have to settle for a sales/Green horse unless you want to pay full price for lessons but somebody should be willing to teach you on one of theirs for a discounted rate or free in return for your services.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


    • Original Poster

      NY, CT, NJ.

      My boss sent all the more experienced ones to Florida and kept the green ones at home.

      I guess half the challenge in this area will be finding someone who isn't in Florida.
      "Using draw reins without spurs is like going to the bar with no underwear on. You're just waiting to get f***ed."


      • #4
        Originally posted by holaamigoalter View Post
        NY, CT, NJ.

        My boss sent all the more experienced ones to Florida and kept the green ones at home.

        I guess half the challenge in this area will be finding someone who isn't in Florida.
        True. But most of them have an at home operation as well and the at home assistants are better then alot of head trainers. Somebody should still be around there somewhere.

        At any rate, circuit starts to break up a little and some start coming home in a few weeks after Junior weekend. Get the word out and be patient.
        When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

        The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


        • Original Poster

          does anyone have any recommendations?
          "Using draw reins without spurs is like going to the bar with no underwear on. You're just waiting to get f***ed."


          • #6
            How about saving your pennies and taking some clinics? Would your boss allow you to take any of the horses to a clinic?

            I'm seeing a lot of the biggest in the business giving clinics these days. I think BOs see it as a way to supplement their income.

            I don't ride in clinics all that often, but I always appreciate a different perspective on my horse and my riding. I usually come away with something to work on.


            • Original Poster

              i am planning on clinics but i am mainly looking to re-tune my eye over bigger jumps. some of the green ones are just getting ready to jump some bigger stuff and i want to make sure i can give them an accurate ride. right now we dont have anything in the barn ready to jump over 3'6"(so ive been jumping alot of little jumps, like schooling 2'6" and lots of crossrails in draw reins incorporated into their flatwork) but a couple will be ready in the next month or so for some bigger stuff. i just want to make sure i can be confident enough to give them the confidence they need.

              like i said, the experienced horses are in florida with a different rider.
              Last edited by holaamigoalter; Feb. 11, 2011, 02:18 AM. Reason: tense
              "Using draw reins without spurs is like going to the bar with no underwear on. You're just waiting to get f***ed."


              • #8
                Well, I gotta say, if you are willing to come to CT, my trainer can teach you. She's 60 a lesson, but she has some horses to teach you on, did and got champions Jumpers, and is just one of the best teachers I have come across - she can really get results, and focus on problems and stuff. I don't know about a deal - I know she makes deals in exchange - she likes to give equi-yoga clinics, so if you had a place she could come to to give a clinic, she might like to do something in exchange. Follow my link in my sig and contact her, Marty Whittle, if you like. She has her big 17.3 hand jumper, and some others in the barn, and one boarder/barn worker just set up the coolest gymnastic for distances I ever saw, schooling her 5 year old warmblood, so there are some resources here, if you are interested.
                Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


                • #9
                  Try Licha Shapiro at Hay Fever Farm in NJ. She is very Knowledgeable and has some horses that have some capabilities that you are looking for.


                  • Original Poster

                    I am actually really close to North Salem so I know I am lucky to be where I am.

                    ponyjumper- I will look into that if I dont find anything closer. Its about 3 hours from me.
                    "Using draw reins without spurs is like going to the bar with no underwear on. You're just waiting to get f***ed."