• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Teaching Horsemanship

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Teaching Horsemanship

    Curious to see how overall "horsemanship" is taught at your barns? How are lesson riders progressed to leasing and finally owning? There is a lot of knowledge needed to care for a real horse of your own vs. just showing up and tacking up a lesson horse. I'm talking teaching things like clipping, lunging, basic veterinary care, wrapping, nutrition, etc.

    Do you charge and teach horsemanship in a formal way? Do you except the rider to just "pick up" knowledge from being around the barn? Do you expect other owners to show new owners the ropes? Do you show them things when time permits for free and consider it part of the job?
    Last edited by rockfordbuckeye; May. 1, 2010, 08:06 PM.

  • #2
    when i was taught it was included in the lessons,but i also learned things just being around the barn on top of that..so when it came to teaching students i did it the same way...the only thing that does come a problem,is that time constraints and riders and or parents just want to pay for just ride time.
    i didn't really charge for horse management portion and just up the lesson length.
    you might have to charge a bit more for lesson and include time doing that stuff before riding portion.justly talk to rider/parents about the changes you might make to lesson program.
    or another option is have little horse care clinics/lessons open for people that are wanting to work towards owning their own horse,sepeerate from regular riding lessons..


    • #3
      i teach everything from the ground up in my lessons plus the riding


      • #4
        My barn just started doing horse care clinics which I think is a fantastic idea. I had to learn through someone knowledgeable teaching me things here and there, but it would have been great to be able to go to a clinic as well. The last clinic taught basic clipping(bridle path, legs, whiskers, etc. on dead quiet horses), mane pulling, and show turnout(tack cleaning, horse bathing, proper rider attire and horse tack). The one before was all about the riding aspect of showing; the participants had to learn a mock course, then go ride it a few times, and get feedback from the head trainer at the barn. There's talk of a braiding clinic next...

        ETA: In the beginner lessons, learning basic horse care and horse to tack up is included. Once you're ready, the trainer suggests a lease. And when you're ready to own and/or move past a low intermediate stage in riding, you start taking lessons with the head trainer.


        • #5
          The kids I teach are a little young compared to the ones I assume you are speaking of, however it has to start somewhere!

          We require our students to take a pony class that we run through a local school district. They work hands on with the horses, learn to drive a mini (which I find is a great introduction, learning to use the reins without having to worry about their leg/ seat too!), craft, and basic horse care (grooming, feeding, nutrition) as well as educational (saddle parts, bridle parts, horse anatomy, and so on) all in a fun way because the kids are sometimes young!

          For example last week with the course (we have a 4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, year old) We read them a clue and they had to go on a scavenger hunt to look for the item. Ex. Find the part of the saddle that you put your foot into. They learn a lot and have fun too!

          We have even let them clip, sure it doesn't come out very good, but they have to start somewhere.


          • #6
            Riders at my barn, and at my previous barn, are expected to groom and tack their horses before their ride. The little ones get help, obviously, but everyone is taught this and is expected to learn it. Once they do, they are expected to show up early enough to be ready and in the ring by lesson time. I've never ridden at a barn that did not have this expectation.

            As far as other basics, most of the lesson kids are in 4-H, and we cover those things in depth at meetings.


            • #7
              pretty much everyone at my barn progressed from lesson program, to lease, to owning and "knows the ropes" so to speak.

              Trainers spend time questioning the younger kids and making sure they know the basics, because there are several upper level medals and things that they do that ask you these questions, and some even have a written test that asks them to identify parts of the horse, equipment, things like that.

              So I guess to answer your question it is incorporated into the training program as needed.
              "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)


              • #8
                I require all lesson students to use "rainy day lessons" for horsemanship. So if it's too wet to ride, we do parts of the horse, wrapping, confirmation, etc. Boarders aren't required to take them, but are encouraged if they are having issues with something or want to know more.

                At my annual schooling show we have a horsemanship challenge which consists of a written test with a practicum for the top three testers. I give out really nice ribbons and a silver tray for the winner. It's great motivation for them.
                Hunters, Jumpers, & Welsh Ponies
                All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown


                • #9
                  A lot of the instructors I've worked with have been willing in theory to teach more about horse care, but it was very difficult to get them to follow through in practice. Even when I offered to pay the full lesson price to work on things like braiding, clipping, bandaging, etc. on a rainy day (no indoor), they didn't want to spend the time on it. I found an eventing instructor who did teach me, usually as things came up (ie. putting on shipping boots before trailering the first time, braiding before our first show, etc. I was able to get some help from other boarders at the barn on occasion. I've also attended local clinics on various aspects of horsemanship, including hands-on trimming of an actual horse, and dissection of frozen legs/hooves. The Vaulting Regional Championships had a series of classes on horse care (farrier tools and evaluating hoof balance, poisonous plants, functional conformation, etc.).
                  Stay me with coffee, comfort me with chocolate, for I am sick of love.


                  • #10
                    I trained with several individuals as a youth (all at different times). I was lucky in that each of them, and one in particular, really taught me a lot about horsemanship. I also did (and still do) a lot of reading. Teaching horsemanship seems to be something of a lost art, unfortunately.

                    I think the mentality at too many barns these days is that the BO/trainer/BM will take care of everything so it is not important that the owner know basic horse care. I also think it makes some BOs, trainers, and BMs uneasy if owners are well informed horsemen. It is much easier to feed someone a load of BS if the individual has no way of knowing what is and is not correct.
                    Last edited by FineAlready; Aug. 4, 2010, 11:40 AM.


                    • #11
                      I have set up a formal program here at our farm for horsemanship. All students go through it as they can. On days not suitable for riding, we do horsemanship lessons. Students progress through levels, via classes and testing, starting with basic horse care, and eventually working up to everything that a horse-owner should know. I have always felt it is very necessary to know about the animal you are sitting on in order to work best with them and therefore have made that a very integrated portion of our program here.