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post #1 of 11 Old 05-28-2012, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question What is YOUR definition of beginner friendly?

We are in the market for a new horse. The new horse must be beginner friendly. Today we looked at a horse that the owner said was beginner friendly. All this horse knew how to do was follow the butt in front of her. She was used as a trail horse for a lesson program and that's all she knew. She did not listen to any leg, rein, or voice commands. I couldn't even get her to whoa unless all the other horses were stopped. I swear she would've kept going and going. I wouldn't consider her beginner friendly unless someone just wanted to go for the ride.

Would you guys consider her beginner friendly and/or what is your definition of beginner friendly.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-28-2012, 08:43 PM
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A "simple" horse. One that you can put your leg on and he will go, say Whoa and he will stop, and neck reins without giving the rider problems. No chance of a leg too far back giving the rider a forehand turn or a bum flying out of the saddle causing him to speed up. Too many people go out and look for a beginner's horse that has too many buttons for them to ride him through his simple paces.

Obviously not too excitable or barn/buddy sour.
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One that is very forgiving of sloppy hands, unsteady legs, and handlers/riders that don't know anything.

One that won't take advantage of the owner who knows nothing.

Horse that can be ridden simply, with fairly simple cues, whoa, get up, back.
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For me, a good beginner's horse has to have a gentle and calm personality, be simply and well trained, like has been said, but have the ability/ independence to teach, if that makes any sense.
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-29-2012, 08:30 AM
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a good beginner horse is one who is fine with sloppy cues, not too sensitive and when it doubt will slow down instead of speed up. the very best are the ones that will move under a rider who is slipping off to help keep them in place.
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Quiet & steady, well trained but tolerant of beginner mistakes. I prefer a beginner horse to have all of the buttons available for a beginner to use as they progress/learn them but not so sensitive that they create a problem prior to that. A horse that goes where asked, when asked and at the speed asked.
Something with a bit of age and lots of miles.

Absolutely no vices or behavioral issues. Having things to fix, even if minor, can be very daunting for a beginner owner & rider. Those kind of things can make a beginner frustrated and lose interest.
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Pud, it really depends on what you want from the horse and what are the goals of the beginner rider. If all you want is to pony kids on trails then what you described in OP is what I'd call "beginner-friendly". However if you want a horse that beginner can learn on I'd look into something very laid back, not spooky, with the good stop, and knowing the cues.

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Impeccable ground manners, basic "go whoa turn back up" buttons, no vices, not spooky AKA "bomb resistant" -IME no horse is ever truly bomb proof, and most of all a kind heart and a willingness to work :)
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I'd have to say a good beginner horse is a horse that is very forgiving and knows that whoever maybe on top of them is in charge no matter how "untalented" the rider may be. And the horse MUST be bombproof, you don't want a jumpy horse with an inexperienced rider on the back. That's just asking for an injury.
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
a horse that beginner can learn on I'd look into something very laid back, not spooky, with the good stop, and knowing the cues.

That is the kind of horse we want. The first horse felt like she had no brakes which I find to be dangerous. Granted, she probably wouldn't really do anything "bad" but its not what I would want to ride.
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