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post #1 of 14 Old 03-09-2011, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on novice rider owning young horse

Ok so I have been given a 4 yo thoroughbred mare. I adore her and have ridden her twice and both times I was very nervous but I tried really hard to stay calm for her. She is really good but like any young horse is nervous as well. I'm not going to stop riding her and give her back so I don't want anyone to tell me that I shouldn't be riding her. I have trainers that are helping me.

I think all I would like to know is if any one has been in my position before and has any advice.

Would be great to hear some success stories :)
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-09-2011, 05:50 AM
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I would do a lot of research. Watch some good trainers or get a good trainer. The only way to learn is to just do it. But staying safe and on top of all issues is very important. What is the discipline you ride? Check into that and learn all you can. Good luck and stay safe.
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Obviously a novice rider and a green horse is not the most ideal match but I'm glad to hear you're working with trainers and there are certainly success stories! My sisters first horse was a 4 yo tb and it was very challenging but with the help of her trainer, dedication and persistence they both learned a lot. Her horse turned out great and it was a good experience for my sister. Just be safe don't overhorse yourself and continue to work with knowledgeable people
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working with a trainer is very important. I also think it is very important to take lessons on a trained horse and have your trainer work with your horse/ride your horse from time to time so that you can learn from a horse that is already trained and your horse can learn from a professional rider. This way you are both learning but are also sure you are learning the correct aids and training.

Good luck to you both!
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-09-2011, 03:25 PM
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New rider,

Congratulations on your first horse. Since you have a trainer helping you, that takes away the only real warning I would have given. Otherwise , just listen to the little voice in your head and error on the side of caution, and SMILE!
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-09-2011, 03:34 PM
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the saying is.. green on green equals black and blue

I was still pretty novice when I broke my first 2 horses.. and everything turned out okay. I made some mistakes that I don't make now, but you have to live and learn

Read & watch videos and learn as much as you can. You already say you have a trainer helping you, so that's a good start so the trainer can help you and her learn.

If it ever gets to the point where you dread going to work with her, that's the point where I would suggest considering getting rid of her and finding something that's more broke so you enjoy riding and build your confidence up.. but as long as you are happy and still excited to go work with her, then congrats and keep us posted on how things are going!
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Which trainer are you using (I live very close to you!)?

If the horse is going quietly and you feel ok, then I don't see a problem with it. Of course progress will be quite slow compared to a different combination, say a green horse with an experienced rider will progress much faster, and a novice rider on an experienced horse will progress much faster. I would recommend at least having some lessons on a school master to help your own riding. Even as an experienced rider it is very easy to develop bad habits when on a green horse, for a novice rider these habits will become even more set and difficult to correct.

Just be aware that being a young thoroughbred mare, she may well suddenly 'snap'. She might be one of the few young tb mares that has a very laid back quiet temperament that will never go off, but these are few and far between. Although, being a novice rider you will probably not be putting her under much pressure and so she'll be quite happy to comply with your requests.
Have you actually purchased her, or are you just riding her - your post doesn't make that very clear..?
If you have not yet purchased her and are intending to, my advice would be to get a very experienced rider on her to put her under a lot of pressure I.e. Moving her laterally off the leg, asking her to put more weight over her hind legs etc. This will test to see how good her brain is. If she doesn't blow up under strong pressure, you're pretty safe.
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Don't try to do it on your own. Taking on a green horse while you're green yourself definitely isn't ideal, but it sounds like you're off to a good start. Just listen to your teachers and take advantage of every learning opportunity.

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firstly, good for you for trying to stay calm for your horse, that is very important ! Im glad you are also working with a trainer [trainers?]

Are you doing lots of ground work with her ? Ground work can help give you both confidence in the saddle.

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I bought my horse as a 5 year old.. But he was not touched. He was basically a 2 year old since his owner did not do anything with him. I was completely novice, I had been riding a quiet mare before that I learned to jump on. He was psychotic, spooked at everything, would buck you off any chance he got, was scared of being in an arena with other horses, did not have a right lead, horrible ground manners, and was just an all around brat. What I did was had him put in training with my trainer so he was rideable and would not kill me, then I trained him from there. Three years later, we have both become congress champions and finalists , year end national champions, over 200 points in over fence classes, nearing our superior in equitation over fences, have been top 20 at the world show, multiple circuit champions, and have been nationally qualified for world 3 years in a row. All it takes is determination, sweat, tears, pain, persistence, and a dream to be a great team(:
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