Hello, I am Anna and I currently live in Arizona, USA. I am 16 years old, and I have been riding, taking lessons, and learning to train horses for 5 years. Because of financial reasons I have never owned a horse, but I sometimes lease horses, excersise horses for local barns, ride with friends, ect.
I am from Seattle, WA, USA, where I got my start riding. I learned to ride at a tiny farm in the mountains, using methods that were kinder than most barns in the area but still not as compassionate as AND. I came to Arizona three years ago, there was a bigger horse scene here, but the trainers here use harsh methods, lots of gadgets to make fancy show horses. Long story short, I have worked under (learning training methods, excersising horses) three trainers in the past three years, and I still haven't found anyone using methods even close to AND. So, I quit working for others, am trying to find my own way to be with horses the AND way, trying to work up to buy a horse in a couple years. I ride a friend's horse about once a week to keep up my riding skills, and occasionally get to play around with different horses and try out some basic AND stuff.
I have always ridden western, and I know nothing about dressage, but I still really want to learn AND! I've read a bunch of the forum, and there is some really good stuff on here
Sorry for the long intro and the bad spelling...can't find the spell checker
Thank you for the wonderful, educational forum!