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        07-31-2011, 11:24 AM
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    Foal
    New horse owner

    I just bought my first horse, she is a 4 year old quarterhorse. She seems to be very well behaved you can lead her anywhere she follows you like a puppy. The sellers told me that she was broke and that my 12 year old son that has never been around a horse before could even ride her, we bought a new saddle yesterday went to put it on her and she spooked as soon as we put the blanket on her, we did manage to get the saddle on her and walked her around the field with it on, but her behavior was not the same. So my question is should we ride or get more training?
         
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        07-31-2011, 11:27 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    In short, YES -Everyone would benefit from some more training - for horse and humans alike.
         
        07-31-2011, 11:27 AM
      #3
    Showing
    Did you test ride the horse before you bought it?

    Anyhow - get a trainer to work with you all on how to handle and ride the horse. It could be that the horse is spooky (sorry but no such thing as a completely kid-safe 4 year old) or it could be how you're approaching saddling.
    Please, for your, your son's and the horse's safety and well- being, get a trainer.
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        07-31-2011, 01:45 PM
      #4
    Foal
    You should definitely get more training. An inexperienced rider might get injured or lose confidence. Also, the sellers lied to you to gain the sale. When buying a horse, you want to tack them, ride them, catch them, do everything by yourself. The only thing the owner should do is ride them first and answer questions. If the horse is already tacked up, that is a bad sign. The owners could have spent 3 hours catching and tacking him up.
         
        07-31-2011, 07:03 PM
      #5
    Foal
    You should ALWAYS test ride your horse. Take her home for a week, sometimes they drug horses to make them behave. If you didnt test ride her, you should go get more training. She's a young horse and even if they are trained, she's immature.
         
        07-31-2011, 07:39 PM
      #6
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by JustLopeIt    
    you should definitely get more training. An inexperienced rider might get injured or lose confidence. Also, the sellers lied to you to gain the sale. When buying a horse, you want to tack them, ride them, catch them, do everything by yourself. The only thing the owner should do is ride them first and answer questions. If the horse is already tacked up, that is a bad sign. The owners could have spent 3 hours catching and tacking him up.
    That's really great advice justlopeit!

    I agree. Don't put your health or your sons health and safety in jeopardy. See a trainer.
         
        07-31-2011, 09:35 PM
      #7
    Started
    So, did you just go by the seller's word? Never do that. Make sure you see everything you need to know about a horse with your own eyes.

    Also, how soon after you brought her home did you try to ride her? When you buy a new horse, you should give them a couple weeks to settle in and get comfortable with you. They have no clue where they are, they're with a strange person, using different equipment, etc. Can you imagine how confusing that must be? Just take things slow. As the others said, finding a good teacher will the smartest thing you can do right now.
         
        07-31-2011, 09:39 PM
      #8
    Banned
    Could just be spooky due to moving- we don't ride a new horse for a week- when they get here.
    Work with them-yes. Ride-no
         
        07-31-2011, 09:55 PM
      #9
    Foal
    I agree with everyone else. Definitely find a trainer BUT!!!! Find a good one. Spend time with them, watch them work with other horses, see how they treat their animals. My family spent almost $1000 for my appendix to have 60 worth of riding and when he came home he chucked my dad a month later, then was unridable for another 3yrs until we spent $100 for a group of crazy boys to ride him for a week and now he's a great trail horse, but that's because they actually rode him. We believe my trainer was in 'kahoots' with a roper from TN who wanted to buy Joker but I turned him down. Some trainers will SAY they have broken your horse to ride but they actually haven't so that when the horse freaks out on you, you look to them to sell it. They get a "finder's fee" and you get swindled so BE CAREFUL!

    Also, in my experience, a 4yr old horse is never a good idea for a 12yr old, especially one that's never ridden before. If you can, find an older, deadbroke trail horse and when you go to look at it ask the seller:
    Why is he for sale?
    Has he ever been sick?
    Does he have any vices?
    Has he ever been injured?
    How is he with other horses?
    Does he kick\bite\rear?
    Will you ride him?

    And make darn sure that they walk, trot and lope the horse in question and watch for any signs of aggression or distress I.e pinned ears, swishing tail. If you can, have a very experienced horse person that you trust go with you from now on to view any more horses OR to pick out a trainer.
         
        07-31-2011, 09:59 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Very much agree with everyone above - testing a horse out yourself is always an excellent idea. But always asking the owner to get on first is a great idea, bringing along a more experienced rider is always good. They can feel things that less experienced riders can't and pick up on vices.

    I'm sure everyone could benefit from a trainer, your horse would learn some more skills and be safer for you/your son and maybe getting your son some lessons could be a good idea as well.

    I hope I could help and offer some advice :)
         

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