Hi there guys,
I am an intermediate rider but I haven't been riding the last 3 years. I owned a 4 year old TB which I trained in dressage for 3 years before and then I had to sell him because I moved countries.
Anyways some background information. I am considering buying a younger horse (5), I saw on a website a option of leasing to buy (which is the only thing I can afford right now, im a student). I went to take a look at the horse today, he is a TBxPercheron. He seems great to be around and I really love his temprament.
His owner however, can't handle him. She says that he bucks her off for no reason in the arena while she's walking and several other times. She seems to think he is confused with his training but im not sure why he would do it at a walk? She rides him once to twice a week which can make him fresh but I'm curious to see if she's screwed his training or not. She doesn't want to ride him clearly and will only lunge him. She says when she recieved him he was fine (no problems). The people who she bought him from said that he had been a year under saddle already. I find this hard to believe since from what I've heard he's very green. She had someone come in, to assess the situation saying that the horse was totally confused with her training signals. I'm not sure what to think of this. She rides him in a snaffle (thicker one) and says that she'll be randomly riding him and he'll arch his back and buck her off. Does this sound like a training problem? She talked about doing figure eights and bending exercises with him which is quite advanced considering she can't even get the horse to canter. I'm not sure if im skilled enough to retrain this horse and if its worth a try?
My previous horse was quite green but instructor was great and helped me through alot of it and he could walk/trot/canter without giving much of a fuss. I'm wary to ride since I haven't ridden in 3 years and I don't have the money to take up lessons unless I postponed the sale. I would like to do some training though before summer is up and I hate going to riding centres where they put you on the oldest horse that walks over trotting poles while your abusing the crap out of it. This has happened to me way too many times. I'm ready to get back into riding but Im not sure if im putting myself in over my head. The horse looks great, he has strong quarters and very strong build in general. He's a good buy.
I think if I started trainning with him I would have to work from the ground first and do some one on one in hand training. I've been reading alot lately but I doubt myself alot. My old horse was quite difficult, he used to buck alot too when I got him which makes me think that I would be able to handle him, I eventually solved his problems and we could continue with our training. The only thing that's dragging me down alot is the fact that I havent ridden in so long.
What do you all think?