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    09-17-2007, 01:21 PM
  #1
Foal
How About a 'Green Broke' for Someone Long Out of the Saddle

I've posted a longer post in the intro forum to describe myself.

My question is about how smart it would be to get a 'green broke' horse for someone getting back into riding.

I rode lots from when I was 7 to 17. When I look back on all the things I did on horseback I'm amazed I'm alive. Then I went off to college and hardly ever rode. Now I'm on a horse property that needs a couple of horses to complete it.

I'm mainly interested in trail riding with a nice mellow horse.

I've seen one I love, but the mare is just green broke to the saddle. She was rated very mellow, (2 of 10), and I'd have to agree.

With older bones and not much recent riding am I asking for trouble here?

Steve
     
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    09-17-2007, 02:54 PM
  #2
Weanling
Well, I went back and read your info and this is what I think. I think for you, an older (at least 6-7 at the minimum) horse would be best for you. (a belgian would be GREAT! I love them!)

There is a saying. Green+green = black/blue.

Now, I wouldn't call you exactly green. You DO have experience. But, it has been a while so it is almost like starting over.

I would suggest lessons. You could take some lessons to "brush up" on your riding skills and "see" what exactly you would like and what you can handle. Personally, when I ride (and I'm older too) I don't really like to "fight" with a horse. I like push button horses that do what I ask them to do. My philosophy is that I don't mind a horse that "goes" just as long as I know that they will "stop"! My husband, who doesn't have as much riding experience as me, prefers an even MORE push button horse than me. (He is currently riding an ex-Mounted Patrol horse) She is not a "plow horse" per se, but extremely well trained.

Some people, (like my 25 y/o daughter) like a "challenge" when riding. (sounds a bit like "your love") It does not sound to me like the two of you can/should share a horse. It sounds like you want two different things in a horse. But you said that you eventually want to anyway that should work out.

I would suggest getting a calmer horse first (yours) and then get a more "spirited" horse for her when the both of you are more confident. (unless you can afford both now.)

I would skip the "green" horse at this time. Green horses are a dime a dozen and very easy to find. I would continue looking for a more experienced horse. They are out there. They cost a bit more, but they are worth it. Believe me, you will pay either way, either in a well trained horse or the hospital bills for an untrained horse.

Good luck and let us know what you get!
     
    09-17-2007, 09:45 PM
  #3
Showing
I agree with Txmom I would stay away from anything under 6-7 years old. My husband started on a 3 year old but they went to "school" together. Its tough to find a trainer sometimes, maybe you could find a breeder that also trains people and horses. I like the gaited breeds. I have Rocky/Kentucky mountain horses and love them, they are great trail horses and easy keepers. I have seen storys of them even learning to jump. If you are close to Fruita Co. Check out www.donwest.net/horses.htm he is doing a herd dispersal and you may get a good deal. I have only spoken to him on the phone but he seems like a really nice fellow. He also does people training even if you arent interested in Peruvians. They are a tad on the expensive side and a little high strung IMO.
     
    09-17-2007, 09:59 PM
  #4
Showing
Yeah, the younger the horse is, the more training & stuff it needs.
Plus, older horses around the 13-20 year old range *teen years* are best.
Even older than 15 is good for starting over...older horses can give you years of reliable riding; & plus they are not as green as are most young horses!
But it's really up to you. :)
     
    09-17-2007, 10:12 PM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by PoptartShop
Yeah, the younger the horse is, the more training & stuff it needs.
Plus, older horses around the 13-20 year old range *teen years* are best. :)
A wise horse friend of mine says a horse doesnt grow a brain till its 12 :)
     
    09-18-2007, 11:00 AM
  #6
Foal
Green broke

I had horses from the age of 14 to 30. When I started back into it a few years ago, I bought a well bred little Arabian. Some days I just love her, some days I hit the ground way too much. A younger horse can be ok if the temperment is mellow.

There are sure days when I wish I had gone for a QH or other steadier breed. :) Or a horse that had a few more miles on her. :)

Good luck to you!
     
    09-18-2007, 11:09 AM
  #7
Foal
Green broke

I had horses from the age of 14 to 30. When I started back into it a few years ago, I bought a well bred little Arabian. Some days I just love her, some days I hit the ground way too much. A younger horse can be ok if the temperment is mellow.

There are sure days when I wish I had gone for a QH or other steadier breed. :) Or a horse that had a few more miles on her. :)

Good luck to you!
     

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