A fun thread! As an Australian, I find much of what seems to be the norm with keeping horses in the US fascinating, as much of it is different to what we do here. I’m curious as to whether others have noticed difference between countries as well, particularly as I’m sure there are posters who have lived in multiple countries.
Probably the biggest differences I can see are
- Stall kept horses here are rare. Most live out 24/7 (our climate is more suited, and we have substantially more space in the areas where horses are common). Properties with stables are considered quite fancy.
- Training programs are a thing I find difficult to wrap my head around. People here may have an instructor who comes to them, and might have a weekly or fortnightly lesson, and plenty of us have them only on occasion, but I’ve never heard of programs like you guys have over there. Regular training rides on your horse? Not unless you send it off to someone for a block of training, which isn’t common either.
- We seem to have a bit more of a relaxed approach to alot of aspects of horse handling ie most people I know wouldn’t even think of crossties, I’ve never ever seen anyone use a chain (seems to be reasonably common in the US from what I read here).
- H/J is totally non existent here!
- Your trucks and trailers…so BIG! The norm here is a 2 horse straight load bumper pull. Virtually no one has a gooseneck, or living quarters. And while most people pull with 4x4s, they’re no where near the size of the behemoths you lot all seem to have! You occasionally see an American truck here and they look very much out of place!
I’m sure many of these things vary depending on which part of the country you are in as well, along with discipline. I find the differences to be quite interesting!