Originally Posted by kitten_Val
HB, I have to disagree with you on this. It greatly depends on owner and a horse.
Almost every phone call I get about a horse misbehaving is from someone who bought outside their skill level. And a lot of them bought "pretty" instead of "dependable". People buy a horse thinking about what they are going to look like on it, unfortunately getting on it is a whole different ball game than imagining getting on it. I just went out to a ladies house who adopted an Arabian who is 8 and a QH who is 23 from a local rescue. She is leery about getting on the QH even. The Arabian is a wonderful horse BUT she does typical Arabian things. She snorts at new smells, she is very springy in her step, she is a little more go than whoa. But she is BEAUTIFUL and because she is so pretty this woman just had to have her. The horse once saddled continually refused to stand still...this is not uncommon for horses to do, it is a bad habit but it can be fixed. Now for a beginner a horse that is snorting around, whirling madly in circles the thought of getting on it is frightening. For me who rides a lot of horses, not so scary. This horse is just being an excited, not ridden enough, horse/brat. So I got up on her, rode her in the pasture, and the lady was thrilled to see the horse ridden. She just thought it was the cats meow. I evaluated the horse told her what to do with her. Told her the horse is a mover...even at a walk you feel like you are at a trot...I loved the horse but I also feel comfortable with moving at a faster pace than a beginner may. To make a long story short I was out there about a month ago...she still won't get on her and the lady is coming to swap her a more laid back horse.