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post #1 of 7 Old 05-06-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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What Level Am I?

Alright, so lately I've been entertaining the idea of getting another horse, seeing as I had to get rid of my old boy back in September, due to financial problems. We're back on our feet, and my parents said that if I get a job, and can pay for board, I could definitely get a horse.

But, in order to do this, I need to understand what level of riding I'm at.

I'm 15, and have been riding for 12 years. Of course, when I first started, I was just in the saddle with my mother. Anyways, I've been around horses all of my life. I mostly ride Western, though I did ride English for a few years. Despite all of this, I find pleasure riding far more fulfilling, and have thought recently about getting involved with barrel racing or something of the sort.

Now, as far as the horses I ride go, well, I've ridden several different temperaments. My horse, the one of whom I got rid of, was 26 years old when I got him, and 31 when I got rid of him. This may make him sound as if he was easy to handle, and I admit he was, though he definitely liked to go. If you weren't paying attention and he decided he wanted to gallop on down the path, he'd certainly try.

With that said, he wasn't enough of a challenge for me. For the past few years I've gone to a guest ranch, and each and every time I'm in the most advanced group possible. Last year, they gave me this spirited Arabian mare, named "Xanado," though her nickname was "Xanadon't," due to her misbehavior. Some of the wranglers hadn't even ridden her, because she was said to be super moody. She was very good for me though, in the few days i was there. Whether or not that was luck, I'm not sure.

At the same ranch, I've dealt with horses that have tried to take off on me, as well as horses that have started rearing, unhappy with the fact I won't let them ride up the butt of the horse in front of me. C; I've always handled them well, and can keep up with the group without problem.

I'm a confident rider, though some situations can make me nervous. I know the horse feels this though, so I try and keep calm.

ANYWAYS, I've been looking at a few "green" horses for sale, and found myself really interested. I've done some ground work on horses before, but never actually trained a horse. Do I have enough experience for a green horse? I wouldn't get some big, beastly, 17hh gelding, because I'm only 5' and 109lbs, so I'm thinking about getting a smaller, 14hh-15hh mare.

Your thoughts? C:


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post #2 of 7 Old 05-06-2012, 06:39 PM
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If you have to ask, you're probably not ready. I'd say get a younger horse, like a 7 year old, and use him to really perfect your ground work and your skills.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-06-2012, 06:46 PM
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You don't sound ready for a green horse to me, loo for something with more miles on the clock that you can ride and enjoy from day 1
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I would up your age and experience scale and go with a trained horse 10yrs or older. First, they are going to have more miles on their hooves, so to speak, and would help your confidence and riding abilities. It is VERY important, however, to be ablet o adequately address a horse's suitability as even some older horses can be difficult. You will want a trainer or coach along, or someone you trust and you know knows horses, to help you out here.

I would avoid a mare if you can help it. While some are OK, you never know what you are going to get during a heat cycle. Some are fine and only get a little attitude while others turn into the devil incarnate and can have an attitude completely opposite of an otherwise calm demeanor.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-06-2012, 07:43 PM
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I agree, greenies are a REAL challenge, and without a lot of groundwork experience, you're behind the curve since that's the basis for everything else. Horses are supposed to be fun, don't overface yourself because a greenie is lass expensive; they don't always stay that way

Dare I ask what happened to your 31yoa guy?
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Thanks, all of you. C: Most of the horses I've ridden at between 6 and 17, so I suppose that would be a good range, that I'm pretty familiar with.

And, as to what happened to my boy, Chinook, we were just going through a difficult time financially. As well, he wasn't a challenge for me any longer, and the vet was having to come more often. I still miss him to this day, but it was best to him to go somewhere where he could retire, you know? He was a great first horse for me, and I'll always adore him. C:

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A lot of it depends on the horse. A green horse who is calm and quiet, with a bit of trail experience but nothing formal is a completely different thing from an energetic green horse that needs constant training and work. Most horses are of the second variety.

Either way, for you I would go for something 7+ with at least a few years of under saddle experience. Preferably doing a range of things.
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