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post #11 of 14 Old 03-05-2013, 09:01 AM
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it depends on the horse and if you have a good trainer to work with.

my horse is about to turn 7 and she has been the best 6yo on the planet. easy going and just super easy to ride. i also understand her very well and am good at riding her.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-05-2013, 10:46 AM
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I think it depends on the individual horse. As my first horse, my trainer and I selected an older, been there, done that horse. Silly me, I thought he would be "easy going" at his age (translation: "easy"). Nope. Proving to be pretty stubborn and testing me all of the time. However, I love him already and know I will learn a lot from him.

As has been said, base it on the individual horse and work with a good trainer. You'll be all set
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-05-2013, 10:54 AM
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My girl (first horse) was 23 and extremely green broke when I got her...

I think I got the best of both worlds. She was old enough to have a "mature" mindset (she was sensible from the start, sassy but sensible!) but then I got to train her "my way".

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-05-2013, 11:01 AM
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It really depends on the horse, it's training and your abilities. Don't rule out that age group, your trainer should be able to help you make a good decision.
Yes, and what your expectations are. We bought one of our mares as a green broke horse that was going to be added to their pool of lesson horses. She was no problem at all, but you don't expect/get the same day to day performance as with a 12 yr old finished horse.
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