By Real Riderz
A trending topic (on reddit at least) and the short answer is: how good can the rider ride a different variety of horses in a certain discipline/situation.
Yet, can we consider a rider pro/expert if they posess limited knowledge in horsemanship? Shouldn’t a pro be able able to identify health problems from the first time they see/ride a horse? Shouldn’t the pro know how to shoe each and every horse, and be sure in that decision?
Well the answer is yes, but also no. A pro should be one always learning and working with the team of people who are all experts in their own area. There are pros out there that are knoweldegable, no doubt about it, yet everyone can make mistakes. Sometimes, it isn’t about knowing the answer, but accepting that you don’t know, and understanding the options.
There are many self-proclaimed pros out there, and definitions will always vary, but the most important thing to remember is that we are all humans. No matter the level of expertise, there is always something to learn. Sure the pros are the ones who know how to ride (whether that be GP horses or greenies), but they also take the time out of their day to learn something new about horses.