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        04-12-2012, 10:10 PM
      #11
    Cat
    Green Broke
    This is hard and only a choice you can make.

    However, its going to be really hard to find that perfectly trained horse. There are a lot of horses out there in various price ranges, but very few are truly trained and if they are - I find their price reflects it. Now occasionally you can get extremely lucky and find a really well trained horse on the cheap, but then again these are usually oldies (but still a great option for a green rider!) or maybe having soundness issues.

    Personally if I had a horse that was already a great trail horse - I would hire a trainer to take care of those other issues. As I see it - you can hire a trainer to fix the problems on a horse you are familiar with and know, or you can go out and spend the same extra money on a better trained horse and still find you have issues you weren't expecting.
         
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        04-12-2012, 10:11 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    OP stated she has no budget for a trainer. It was why I threw out the comment about walking him off.
         
        04-12-2012, 10:16 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
    OP stated she has no budget for a trainer. It was why I threw out the comment about walking him off.
    Well then she's got two choices:

    A) sell (and either buy another horse, find a lease, or take lessons)
    B) stick with it but get educated.
         
        04-12-2012, 10:18 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Well then she's got two choices:

    A) sell (and either buy another horse, find a lease, or take lessons)
    B) stick with it but get educated.
    I agree. I feel for her all the same, since it is a hard choice and there are no guarantees she'll get better than what she has now in another mount.
         
        04-12-2012, 10:21 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
    I agree. I feel for her all the same, since it is a hard choice and there are no guarantees she'll get better than what she has now in another mount.
    Yeah it is tough... but she's got a lot of support on the forums :)

    I really think her horse isn't all that bad though. If he was acting out like bolting and biting and trying to kick her, it'd be a different story. A good trail horse is worth their weight in gold!

    Maybe she could trade horses for someone looking for a nice trail mount and she could get whatever she is looking for? (been there done that schoolmaster or something) ?
         
        04-12-2012, 10:26 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    IDK Sky. I hope she finds the best solution for the horse and herself though. I do agree she would have a lot of support here. I know I have and, until recently, I posted very little.
         
        04-13-2012, 02:43 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    OP, in my opinion there are two choices only:
    1. Scrounge up the money for lessons. Even if only twice a month or whatever.
    You sound like you need it, and I promise it won't be money wasted. Then you can keep this horse, and the connection between the two of you will grow, as you both learn and understand each other more.
    You will end up adoring this horse.

    2. Sell him. But don't buy another horse at this point!! First go for more lessons yourself until you feel you can cope better and have more experience. I'm just afraid that, if you are inexperienced, any horse you buy will regress into something like you're experiencing now.
    Spend all the money you have been on owning a horse, to taking lessons, and perhaps leasing a horse.
    When you feel confident in your abilities, perhaps a couple years down the line, you can probably get any horse and be able to turn him into a gem.

    Just my opinion. If I were you, I'd start with number 1. And save, scrounge, beg and borrow for money for lessons. Having a good instructor is the most important thing for a green rider!
    I hope it all works out for you!
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        04-13-2012, 10:21 AM
      #18
    Trained
    I know a woman that has bought several horses over the years. All of them were ok when she bought them, then they started having problems. They would refuse to go, or rear when asked to go. She was the type of person that was afraid to make a horse behave. She was the same way with kids.................
         
        04-13-2012, 10:39 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    Yes I have seen that too. A girl I know got a very well trained and proven-in-competition pony before she was ready, and a few months later, they hated each other. The horse became very aggressive.

    But they went for lessons not a moment too soon, and a few months later the horse was back to its normal self, and they were inseperable. I think she still has that pony, and its been at least a decade.

    The point is, having a third person on the ground, watching you with both an objective and knowledgable eye, and being able to remind you what to do, or give you strategies and tools, is absolutely invaluable.

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        04-13-2012, 10:55 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Even if its just once a month, or whatever you can work out
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