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post #1 of 3 Old 07-13-2013, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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First Time Training a Green Broke Horse

I am currently in the market for my first horse. Prior to this, I have leased extensively and finished my fair share of my trainer's green horses into lovely lesson ponies. Though, I have never trained something so green that its experience ends with being able to saddle it and sit on its back. Normally, my job is to put miles on unbalanced, inexperienced horses, sit some protesting bucks, and work out bad habits.

I want my first horse to be a project for me, but not more than I can handle. I did find a lovely paint/QH mare who tolerated being saddled and had been sat on bareback, though I don't think her experience extended beyond that. Also, she was 10 years old. Not young enough to start serious under saddle work? I don't know.

I'm not looking to show extensively. I just want something sweet and solid that I can take on trails, and her temperament certainly seemed like what I was seeking out. However, I would adore some opinions from people who know more than me about this sort of thing. Do you think a green broke horse would be a suitable first-time ownership project?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-13-2013, 04:02 PM
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If you still have a trainer to help you work out problems and you have some experience, I think it would be fine. It will be a challenge training a green broke horse but if thats something you enjoy doing and you're willing to put the effort in it might be fun and you'll definitely be a better horseperson because of it :) I wouldn't recommend buying more horse than you can handle if you don't have someone you trust to help you if you need it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-13-2013, 10:41 PM
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Go for it. I too bought a "unbroke" horse for my first horse and he is perfect. I got to start with a clean slate and instead of having to correct bad habits I get to enforce good habits from the get go. He is broke to ride and just a doll not a even one fight in him. My friend however bought a 12 years old TB apparently a lesson horse and the horse is nearly impossible to saddle and ride. Broke two bridals in her first week. I say go with your gut and do whats best for you. There is no standard for a first horse. It doesn't have to be dead broke and child safe XD
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