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        06-07-2013, 12:16 AM
    Personally what I'd do is not judge by the photos. She's fairly young so you really can't expect her ad to look any more professional than it does, mine would have looked the same, but I do give her kudos for trying. From what she says she sounds good, so I would try one lesson with her and watch to see exactly what so does in order to decide if she's good or not
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        06-07-2013, 12:25 AM
    Green Broke
    Should not be posting and critizing this girl. She has drive and ambition and is wanting to WORK . She sounds like she is an outstanding young lady.
        06-07-2013, 06:46 AM
    Green Broke
    Palomine, I wouldn't go off a picture with pointed back ears (obviously not pinned) to say the horse is unhappy. I had a mare I leased that never moved her ears forward from that position aside from 5 occasions in over a year of leasing her. To this day (saw her two weeks ago), her ears still sit like that, even if she's getting grain or something "happy".
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        06-07-2013, 09:11 AM
    Sounds like she's trying to get her feet wet in the horse world. We all start somewhere.
    ]. I hope she has a great instructor that will move her forward.
        06-07-2013, 09:26 AM
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    I doubt she has an instructor. If she has real good natural timing and feel, She'll get there. The kind of people that are going to hire her are the ones that would be happy with a horse that went from point A to point B for them and did not stall out or try to buck them off.

    She is a long way from being a show rider or from riding show-bound horses at this stage. Most self-taught riders start out with starting colts and riding spoiled horses. The ones that have the ability and desire go for lessons and riding or trying to train for finish work later. That is how all of the self-taught riders that I have known have evolved. Many have more natural ability and 'feel' than those that have been privileged to have parents that paid for lessons and finished horses for their kids to ride.
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        06-07-2013, 09:30 AM
    Green Broke
    I would LOVE to find a 16 year old that was just like me when I was 16 to ride my husbands gelding for about 30 days...
        06-07-2013, 09:39 AM
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    This is hard because like some others here I was schooling my ponies for competition and riding 'breakers' when I was young and broke my first horse by myself when I was 14 and had her in show classes by the end of the season but I did have an experienced family and people to fall back on every step of the way
    The one thing I can say looking back is that I took way more risks as a rider than I would now because I just didn't see the dangers that a more mature person would.
    I think it depends a lot on how much the young person has done in their riding life and what level they are working at
        06-07-2013, 09:59 AM
    I feel as if time is what makes a better trainer, starting out so young as most of us have, just makes for more experienced horseman in the long run. Personally I wouldn't take a horse to a 16 year old but if someone gives her a chance here and there, she will gain more and more experience. Give her a few more years and if she sticks with it she will probably attract a larger audience! The knowledge I gained from 14 when I got my first horse and now that I am 23 is just crazy! I went from knowing nothing to training for the public in 9 years, and I am still learning everyday from each horse I have the pleasure of working with.
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        06-07-2013, 12:59 PM
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    I was helping restart OTTBS at 15 1/2 and 16 under the guidance of a trainer if I needed her, and I think I did just fine. The three that I worked weren't going to be show horses, they just needed to learn to use their bodies for something other than galloping, and how to be respectful on the ground. One of the geldings that I restarted went on to be a great lesson horse for a few years until he got stomach cancer and died, another got it's basics from me and went on to compete HUS, and the other is an endurance mount. I messed up with them a few times and probably let the second gelding (freshly gelded when we got him) get away with more than he should have, but they all turned out decently, I think. I still help start and restart young horses (haven't taken on any problem horses yet though) from time to time and put lots of beginning rides on ponies that were meant for kids who need a stronger rider (I happen to be only 90 lb and 4'11 xD) and its a great way to keep me on my toes and earn a bit more money too.

    If someone just wants a w-t-c horse and doesn't want to invest $1000 in training per month for their prospective grade trail horse, I see nothing wrong with that. And chances are, this girl can get their horse going good enough to do just that.
        06-07-2013, 01:49 PM
    Many threads talk about the importance of contracts. I don't have a problem with a 16 year old, but remember you can't have a valid contract with one and consider your potential liability.
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