I'm a first time horse owner and only a slightly experienced rider. I've had my 3 year old TWH, Honey, for almost 3 months. She had barely been handled before and supposedly had never been ridden, but I could tell she had a great disposition. She wasn't exactly afraid of people, just kinda didn't know what to do with us. Anyway, I've read a million things that said that an inexperienced owner/rider shouldn't try to train a young horse. But by reading everything I can, asking all my horse owning friends lots of questions, and just using common sense, I've managed to train her into a pretty good trail horse. We still have things to work on, but she has progressed wonderfully and is already nearly bomproof! I had my second successful solo ride with her tonight and she was awesome! Her pasture buddy pitched a fit when I took Honey out, but I've managed to get Honey over her buddy sourness and she happily went out for our ride. So take that, all you naysayers! Honey and I rock (its a team effort, afterall)!
I was normal...then I got a horse.