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  • Signs of a well trained horse

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    05-11-2010, 06:04 AM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    

I guess I just don't understand how people can be happy with mediocre horses. It sure as heck doesn't make for a fun ride! It seems to me that those who are happy with mediocre horses are those who don't know how much better it can be.

I suppose we will never know. I guess my mare was very mediocre, but I knew she was old and couldn't handle much stress, so I was okay with mediocre.
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    05-11-2010, 10:23 AM
I have to agree with Sandy2u1, give me a well trained dressage horse and I would stuff it up in a month. I know enough to try and maintain my independant seat, believe I am performing my leg aides correctly (but wouldn't know for sure) and I try to ride like I was a natural even though Im not. What I need from a horse is one that is fun, and wants to do what I want to do and I think that is what everyone wants from their horse.

To me, my horse is well trained if he understands my sometimes feeble attempts at legs aides and doesn't buck me off! I do understand what you are getting at though, there is nothing more frustrating than being a potential buyer looking at a "well broke" horse that is evasive continually and spends the whole time trying to find ways to avoid doing what you are asking. It's especially dangerous if that potential buyer is a novice and doesn't take a trainer with them.
    05-11-2010, 11:12 AM
Didn't read this whole thread so forgive me if someone has mentioned something along these lines.

I consider my horse well trained. He's competed and proven himself on the Gold circuit and he's got loads of 'features'. He's confident, willing, gentle, powerful, goes in a frame well, has a beautiful form over jumps, and has had dressage tests with comments that say 'absolutely brilliant'. I've given away some of the coolers he's won, because he's won tons.
But do I tell people he's well trained? Nope. He doesn't stand still when I try to get on him. If he gets curious about something, he pops out of a frame and hollows his back. He has an utterly ridiculous fear of cows, which translates into black & white paints & pintos. Are these the signs of a well trained horse? Well, he might be a charm under saddle, but he's no schoolmaster because he hasn't achieved utter discipline in every area.
He's completely beginner safe, bombproof, and lovely, but he isn't perfectly trained.

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