Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: North QLD, AUSTRALIA
Green Horse - When is it no longer Green?
Recently I purchased my second horse, I currently have a TB/Australia Stock Horse mare of about 12 years of age, my new horse is a three year old QH gelding which is the 1/2 brother to my daughters 9 year old QH gelding. The 9 year old has the best nature and is a dream to own. My 12 year old mare is rather bombproof and great on rides out esp near barking dogs and cars, she does have one bad habit of wanting to bit anything in front of her when doing up the girth, once you get it past the second hole she is as good as gold.
I was offered the three year old, who has only been broken in for just over one month now, and since owning him we have been bonding and doing ground work. I have been on his back twice and only walked him with a couple of short trots. We practice our stops and all the little things and voice commands. He is not at all like a newly broken horse as he is calm all of the time. But as I sit in the saddle I am ready for the moment he spooks and I loose my seat. Yes caution plays a huge part as my bones are 37 years old and being a nurse know how they break more easily and take longer to heal!!! Given time I know my boy will make another million to one horse as his brother is. He will be ridden by his owners sister (they both break horses in and train) and when his owner is in town she too will ride and educate him for me. BUT TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH EDUCATION A HORSE NEEDS TO BE SAFE AND NOT CLASSED AS GREEN IS PROVING HARD, DOES A SCATTY HORSE TAKE LONGER THEN A QUIETER MORE WILLING ONE????
I know the old saying green plus green equals black and blue, and I have been riding on and off most of my life but will never consider myself great, and knowing that my new three year old is like that of a child who must learn and will have moments where he will test the boundaries and crack a tantrum is surely to happen. I want him to have the education to do the right thing and hence why his old owners will ride him for me, I will take more lessons on my mare, and although I may not be in his saddle just yet being on the ground with him is such a pleasure.
Any tips or advise will be great as he is my dream boy and the one I will have as I grow older!