2If you have something to say, raise your hand—and
put it over your mouth. The
top complaint about horse people
by other horse people is their
unsolicited advice and opinions.
Instead, o;er encouragement
newbie who feels
ask for guidance—
and thus be much
more likely to
take it in.
3 Try new things.
One great way
to encourage newbies to get
involved and stay involved is to
lead by example. If you’ve always
done trail rides, try a show. Bored
with jumping? Try a ride and tie,
or create a polocrosse club. When
others see you lead by example,
they’ll feel braver about trying
things, and they’ll find the horse
world niche that’s right for them.
Your experience with newbies
will also help you become more
patient with others.
4 Adopt a greenhorn. Does your organization have a
mentor program? Many adult
amateurs would be much more
likely to try a new discipline or
activity if there were someone
helpful standing by to walk them
5 Applaud. Practice good sportsmanship. Compliment
people. In other words, remember
what your mother taught you
about being nice and making
6 Lend freely. If you’re going to an event, pack an extra girth,
helmet, bucket or hairnet. There’s
bound to be a newbie who will be
incredibly grateful to you for the
loan of one of these.
7 Encourage skills over fashion. Let’s lessen the
snobbishness in our barns by not
focusing on what money can buy.
The next time you find yourself in
a conversation involving expensive
brands, big-name trainers, or the
latest “must have” equipment,
remind yourself that a horse and
rider’s performance is really what
If we all become
open and friendly
ambassadors of all
things equine, just
imagine how many
new people will
want to get involved
in the horse world.
It’ s good for
businesses, and it’s good for
making new friendships. There’s
strength in numbers, and we need
to bring in new riders and
equestrians to keep the horse
community going strong. HI
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