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HI Spy: What's the best horse-related advice you've received?

Pass along a piece of wisdom that has helped you in your equestrian life.


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What's best equine advice you've ever gotten?Most things in horsemanship must be learned through experience, but sometimes you get a little help from someone with a bit of knowledge to share.

This month, we want you to share the best horse-related advice that you've received. Did you get a smart tip from a friend at the barn? Maybe your instructor gave you a unique trick for remembering to keep your eyes up and heels down. Perhaps it came from a cheeky bumper sticker ("Don't squat with your spurs on," comes to mind.) Even a completely non-horsey significant other can point something out in passing that you wouldn't have noticed on your own.

Whatever the source, share your favorite bit of wisdom with other visitors by clicking "Submit a Comment" below. We'll pick a few of our favorites to appear in a future issue of Horse Illustrated.

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Tesla    Western, NC

12/4/2012 5:49:15 PM

The greatest information that I have received was from my Grandma when I was complaining to her about how Chance was so high strung uncooperative when I was riding him. Then she told me to halt and she looked at me straight in my eye and said, "You know what that horse is just like you, he's just copying your emotions." From that day forward I have tried to be in a good mood when I ride and every time that I put her advice in use I get great results.

Hannah    Castine, ME

7/30/2012 7:23:42 PM

Heals down :)

Emily    Elmira, NY

4/22/2012 7:53:20 PM

A long time ago, I remember someone told me,"The only thing holding you back from being successful, is fear of making a mistake, and having doubt in yourself."

Sam    Rutland, VT

11/30/2011 1:05:00 PM

One time I was at a riding clinic in Maine. The horse I was riding was being testy, and I couldn't relax because of it. My instructor saw me struggling, and she said, "If you relax, your horse will relax." That was definitely the best horse advice I have even gotten.

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