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  • How to tell whether a horse is well schooled

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    07-12-2012, 10:12 AM
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Green Broke
Personaly I would question the wisdom of buying a jumping pony when you don't know how to jump!

Anyway, When I try horses If they are broken I have a set procedure:
I'd prefer to see the horse caught from a field if possible
I assess the horses conformation and then watch it trotted up for me

I want to watch the owner groom and tack up the horse paying close attention to the horses reactions and to anything the owner is doing that may indicate that there is something wrong.
Then I watch the owner Ride the horse. I ask them to warm up as normal and then I want to see a walk, trot, canter and gallop on both rein and some jumping if the horse is a jumper. I also want to see the horse ridden through movements to the level at which it is schooled so if it is at Elem level I will expect to see medium trot, counter canter and reversing. I also like to see the horse hacked out

Then I will Ride myself. I normaly know pretty quickly if I like the horse and if the horses is as well schooled as advertised. I often spend less then 15 mins in the saddle (the longer I spend the more I like the horse), I knew within 5 mins that I was having Stan (the last broken horse I bought). I can feel when the horse is just unschooled, can be reschooled or just plain awkward.

I like horses that are willing and trying to please and will often overlook a lack of schooling for a horse with the right attitude (I can always reschool a horse, I can't change a horses personality)
     
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    07-12-2012, 10:38 AM
  #12
Weanling
Thanks lives! I'm trying to make sure I put him through all the tests I need to, I will actually be up there for a weekend most likely as my friend's grand parents are allowing me to stay with them, so I hopefully will get to ride a couple of times.
I also am going to ask if I can sit in on one of their lessons, as I'm pretty sure he is ridden by some of the kids there and would like to see how he does with that.


Faye: Thank you and it may sound odd but one of the reasons he is so appealing to me is that he "loves to jump" according to the owner, and the reason I've never jumped is that I've never been on a horse I was comfortable enough to allow them to. They've almost always been green broke horses. BUT it has always been appealing to me and I plan to take some lessons in jumping.
     

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