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.

Comments

  1. Lots of good lessons in there. I feel more humbled every year by how much more I have to learn (teenage me knew it all though hahah...) Are you horse shopping at all now?

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    1. teenage me knew everything. I'd love to hear wtf she'd have to say now. actually she'd probably be irritatingly excited at how things have gone and ask if she could follow grown up me around to learn...

      I am horse shopping, but my requirements are SO strict and my budget is SO small that I think it may be awhile, and I'm fine (ISH) with that.

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  2. Horse ownership is a never-ending quest of learning. You've learned some very difficult lessons, but also hopefully had some really wonderful experiences to balance them out ❤️

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    1. true, I need to dwell more on my victories so I'm not like why am I doing this...

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  3. Always learning... forever learning.

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    1. because as soon as I'm close to knowing everything I'll hop to another sport or endeavor.

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  4. The learning never ever ends. You have packed in a lot in a short time.

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    1. A LOT.

      aiming for less this go-around...

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  5. Hooray for another post!

    Horses=never-ending learning.

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  6. And just when you think you've learned all the things you could possibly learn, they teach you something new (and usually expensive)... Horses. Ugh. Thank goodness they're so wonderful or you'd have to question if it's worth it. (But it definitely is!)

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