What I've Learned
I want to say my foray into horse ownership was not successful. But, being totally fair to myself, it was a pretty mixed bag.
I've learned so much in the past three years.
I can triage just about any injury. I know how to wrap a hoof. I can do a pressure bandage. I am extremely comfortable giving intramuscular injections. I've taught a horse how to lunge. I've taught two horses how to jump. I know how to set trot poles. I'm comfortable jumping by myself. I'm learning how to drive a trailer, and I'm comfortable enough at least to drive it around empty in places I know.
I learned how to tie a rope halter properly, teach a horse to neck rein, teach a horse to stand at the mounting block quietly. I figured out the best way to put weight on a tall, lanky Thoroughbred. I've learned about saddle fit, bridle fit, and blanket fit. I learned about horseshoeing, and how to transition a horse to barefoot. I'm familiar with stall rest and rehab, puncture wounds and cellulitis. I know every kind of antibiotic available to equines.
I've learned what a good horse looks and feels like.
I've learned when to be suspicious.
I've learned when I'm in over my head.
I've also learned... that I have so much more to learn.