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Rider Insider: Your Equine Guru

Who do you turn to when you need help with horse problems?

June 21, 2013

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Riding Lesson Once you've spent enough time riding and caring for horses, you start to become pretty competent and handling the daily problems around the barn. You know when a cut is just a scratch and when it requires a call to the vet. You understand how to work through new issues under saddle before they become serious problems. You even know how to handle some of horse life's quirkier questions, like dealing with mice in the feed room or an escape-artist pony.

However, even the most experienced equestrians will occasionally run up against a situation that stumps them. There's the mystery lameness that evades all known diagnostic tools. There's the old reliable horse who starts spooking in a formerly comfortable corner of the arena. Or maybe you just can't seem to master a seemingly simple concept in the saddle.

Of course you call your vet when there's a serious health issue involved, but for other questions dealing with riding and horsekeeping, who is the guru you have on speed dial? Do you have a horsey friend who can always see things that you'd otherwise miss? Do your mom's years of experience around horses come in handy? Or perhaps you're fortunate enough to have a great trainer in your life who can help to shed light on your equine challenges. Tell us who fills this role in your life by clicking "Submit a Comment" below. Some responses may be selected to be published in a future issue of Horse Illustrated!

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Grace    Milford, IL

8/27/2013 12:53:51 PM

My dad and my older sister are my equine helpers. My dad helps me with my grooming, fencing, sheltering, and stuff like that. My sister helps me with my riding.

Allison    Entiat, WA

8/24/2013 7:39:25 PM

My Dad is the one who helps me, he has never had a horse but, he watches me ride and when i change how i ride with out realizing it he tells me, and when I'm gone he takes my horse for walks and tells me if he thinks something is wrong.

Angela    Middletown, NY

8/3/2013 9:26:48 AM

Whenever I come across a problem at the barn that seems almost impossible to fix, I turn to my trainer. She always seems to have the solution to problems that would stump even the most experienced of equestrians. I am lucky to be at the barn i am at now because I don't know what I would do without her.

Kendra    Castelwood, VA

8/1/2013 4:40:38 PM

When I have a question about riding or my horse's behavior I turn to my best friend. She almost always has an answer to my problem. If it is a medical question I ALWAYS turn to my vet, this way I can ensure my horse's health and happiness.

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