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  • Buying a green dressage horse

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    01-23-2012, 08:10 AM
Green Broke
Happy123 says that (I believe so at least) because backing builds muscle in the hips and top line:P
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    01-23-2012, 11:10 AM
Green Broke
This horse is straight legged behind and her hocks are set a bit high. That conformation limits her ability to collect and curl and shift her weight to the rear. It limits her ability to reach under herself.

She has a terrific front but falls apart behind. Her motor is weak.. she has a V 8 front but the engine is.. well a Four cylinder.
    01-23-2012, 11:19 PM
Thanks guys. Someone also pointed out something wonky is going on with her front hooves, especially the right, so moving on.


And just double-checking, for a green owner it is a stupid idea to get an unbroken horse and get it professionally started, right?
    01-23-2012, 11:23 PM
Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
Happy123 says that (I believe so at least) because backing builds muscle in the hips and top line:P
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Oh I thought it was something else, not backing up a horse. That's a strange comment to make though, hehe
    01-23-2012, 11:34 PM
The video shows her "pulling from her shoulder" . But she can be trained to work more from behind. She is kind of slow, but looks very calm and confident.
    01-23-2012, 11:34 PM
And just double-checking, for a green owner it is a stupid idea to get an unbroken horse and get it professionally started, right?
I see nothing wrong with this as long as you work under the trainer yourself. It depends on the horse, The right one will come to you.

All my horses came to me young. I got them as weanlings or yearlings and then at 2 years they were sent to the trainer to be started. Brought home after 30 days of 5-6 training sessions a week, we were very pleased. A year later we sent them back for a refresher 30 days and I've never had any issues with my horses.

My first horse was a yearling. Second horse was a weanling. I worked under a wonderful trainer and a great horse mentor, my aunt.

I would actually prefer to get an unbroken horse, spend lots of time on the ground with him, get the manners a horse should have down pat, send em to a trainer, work with the trainer and take lessons. That way, I'm not buying someone else's problems and mistakes.

It's completely up to you. Like I said, you'll meet the right horse, and you'll know. Whether it's young or older. :)
    01-23-2012, 11:40 PM
Like I said, you'll meet the right horse, and you'll know. Whether it's young or older. :)
I did meet that horse. =( Except, apparently, I wasn't good enough since the owners decided to stop communicating.
    01-23-2012, 11:42 PM
Something does look odd about her movement at the trot
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    01-24-2012, 06:51 AM
It may or may not be a stupid idea, but it's an expensive idea.

You will have more money in the horse that the horse will be worth or can be sold for in fairly short order.

If you have a trainer that you have a good relationship with and trust, and can but some parameters in place, it could work out as ClaPorte said, but it will still be an expensive way to get a made horse.

I'm just curious - if you're a green owner, is it realistic for you to be looking for a horse than can advance up the levels and make it to 3rd or 4th Level or should you be looking for a solid lower level horse to start you off? Or are you a green owner, but not a green rider?
    01-24-2012, 02:30 PM
Just seems that right now I'm looking at horses at around 5-6k that are not what I want, or are good but with vices or health problems. And then I've come across with good horses with proven dressage bloodlines at 1 or 2k, but unstarted. If I'm willing to pay the 5-6k, why not put the rest of the money to start a good horse? I'm paying for training, either way.

Green owner, not green rider. I'm intermediate level, I guess. I already play with 1st and 2nd level stuff, but I'm fairly confident I can advance to 3rd with consistency.

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