A horse like the mare in this ad is not the kind of horse I would suggest for an intermediate rider who has no experience actually training horses. I have bought horses off of people who have 'wanted a green or young horse' for the experience; the horses are the ones who ultimately suffered for a lack of the owner's lack of knowledge and understanding of horses...and it often took alot of time to untangle their messes! Some of those owners never returned to the horse world, because they became so scared, or 'tainted' by horses...just because they didn't want to start out with a horse that was suitable for their level of knowledge.
If you want a different horse to learn on, get a horse who is trained, but maybe not totally finished in the aspect that you might have to solidify something like neckreining, or leg aids; NOT one that you will have to totally retrain by yourself...Better yet, if you've never owned a horse, get one that's 'been there, and done that'; why be in a hurry to own a horse that you will have to spend many months just trying to gain it's trust? And what if you don't wind up gaining her trust? What if you wind up getting hurt instead? You need a horse that can continue teaching you, not diving into the horse owning world wanting to get a horse that you will simultaneously have to teach at the same time you are still trying to learn...it just doesn't work that way.
This mare IS for an experienced rider who has experience handling abused and neglected horses, not a teenager who thinks they have what it takes to train it. I don't mean to sound rude, but if I were your parent OR trainer, I wouldn't go for a horse with that kind of a history, period...you may think that you have enough patience to win the horse over, but patience isn't all that it takes to turn a horse into your partner.
Green+Green=black and blue
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 06-22-2009 at 11:54 PM.