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.