The Educated Equestrian

How can you become a better, more informed rider, owner, breeder, manager, groom, conformation judge, health spotter, tack fitter, and just all-around horse person? By allowing yourself the time to learn. Many horse owners take
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How can you become a better, more informed rider, owner, breeder, manager, groom, conformation judge, health spotter, tack fitter, and just all-around horse person? By allowing yourself the time to learn. Many horse owners take lessons from professionals in order to become better at the riding disciplines they enjoy. There also are instructors or professionals available who can teach you about many other areas of horse health, care, and management–you just have to learn to find them and take advantage of their expertise.

Like any other job, handling horses requires skill, knowledge, and the right attitude. Improving skills, expanding your knowledge, and growing your competence with horses drive your equine education. The well-rounded education blends all three components. Barn or riding skills aren’t enough; "book learning" can’t substitute for real-life experience; a rough attitude with horses can undo all the good your skill and knowledge create.

Most people accumulate information from diverse sources. When you take advantage of opportunities, you can acquire a broad education. As examples, some successful equestrians share how they set their sights on learning skills, knowledge, and attitude

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Award-winning writer Charlene Strickland lives in Bosque Farms, N.M. She has published 8 books and over 600 magazine articles, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists.

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