Sunday, August 17, 2008


Hi, everyone, thank you for your continued support and questions about riding and horses.

Today, I wanted to write to you about why I may not answer some of the questions that you have asked of me. I do appreciate the time you spend thinking of questions and for all of the personal experiences you have shared with me during the past two plus years. I want to share a word of caution with you about why I may not answer some of your questions such as what do you do when you flat a horse. Although I am gaining experience everyday as a professional, I am a far cry from an equestrian expert. Horses and riders are individuals with unique characteristics which require a wealth of consideration especially when they are being trained. So, when you flat your horse, for example, the degree and persistence of each exercise executed for a particular horse and/or rider's benefit will vary over time, with differences in intensity and duration. For example, one of the reasons you are asked to specify what height you will jump a horse when attending a clinic taught by an expert, is to insure that the lesson/clinic/instruction are commensurate with the ability of the horse and rider. When you are training your horse and you have gotten to know all of his or her quirks, strengths and weaknesses, you soon recognize that what is required of a young horse changes as they age, or as their work and competition level changes. In general, teaching strategies will change according to the ability and experience level of an individual and without that information, it is difficult to answer a question not knowing the details and the first hand knowledge of the horse and rider involved.

The same problem in one horse can require a completely different solution in another horse. The point, here, is that in order to develop an accurate program, using the guidance of an experienced professional will help to insure that complex variables which require assessment will be addressed.

So what about those of you who can not, for whatever the reason may be, get lessons or guidance from qualified professionals? Please try to read all of the books and magazine articles you can written by the masters, such as Bert de Nemethy and George Morris, to name a few and/or rent training videos at your local tack shop. Try to keep in mind that your horse has individual needs and characteristics and get advice from people in the know as much as possible!

Catch up with me next week for a report on the Hamptom Classic.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub

Monday, August 04, 2008


Hi, everyone! Thanks for your continued support and questions, and for your concern about my career.

I just got back from taking some riders to a one day show. It was a small show in Brewster, New York. It was great to see the students using what they had learned in their lessons during the week as they competed in the show ring.

After I finished working today, I wanted to try answer one of your recent questions about what I believe will be my next big career step. Currently, I am taking a bigger role in giving lessons, immersing myself in the regular training routines of the horses at the barn, and attempting to assist with the day to day functions of the business. The next big step would be to become competitive in the open jumper division, to continue to develop and show young hunters and jumpers and to increase my competency as a rider. As a young professional and at this point in my life, I am proud of what I have accomplished thus far and I recognize that it takes time to develop the expertise and skills necessary to be considered a master in any field. I am quite lucky to be working with experienced professionals and I am learning something new about horses and the sport practically every day. So, I guess you can see that my goal is to continue to gain knowledge and experience, first and foremost, because riding and horses are what I love. By the way, along with my continued work at Hunter's Moon in East Norwich, NY, I will be starting college in a few weeks at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. My plan is to continue working while I attend college.

Catch up with me next time when I answer another one of your questions.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub