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Really, You Should Take Lessons

I’ve often encountered people who don’t take any lessons, or work regularly with a trainer of any kind, and they’re fiercely proud of that fact.

by John Strassburger
Really, You Should Take Lessons Credit: Thinkstock  As Mike Rowe likes to say, “What could possibly go wrong?”   Here’s a warning: Given that my wife and I make our living as horse trainers, the following blog may seem self-serving, but I want to discuss a phenomenon that we find perplexing.   In all the years I’ve been involved in horses, one of the things that has consistently confused me is that a rather small percentage of people who ride seem to think they need any sort of training assistance to learn how to ride and care for horses. Horses are large, reactive, prey animals, and they’re capable (usually unintentionally) of doing great harm to a puny human. And yet Americans, in particular, seem to feel that they’re capable of managing this animal with minimal instruction or experience.     I often think of it this way: What if, instead of drivers’ training classes, when kids turned 16 we just handed them the keys to a car and... Continue Reading

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