Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
“Broke” is such a relative term. When I learned to do it, originally the benchmark for a “broke” horse was three rides outside the yard and a set of shoes on. If it fit these criteria it was considered broken in and it was up to the rider to actually train the thing. Having said that I’ll also say that “broke” or “broken in” isn’t even a term I like to use in conjunction with horses, I don’t like to think about breaking anything, though some may argue that’s just semantics. But, should a three year old be carrying on like that? None of mine dare, they may buck if they are feeling good now and then but all it takes is a well timed disengagement of the hind end and they snap out of it; any horse can buck, bit if you are needing to give a horse drugs to saddle it, let alone ride it, then you have some serious problems. And what’s with the drugs anyway?, I never even knew you could even do that; is it safe?
By the sounds of it, someone sold you a horse they threw a ride or two into and said, “yep, he’s broke”. I’d be finding someone to retrain him from the ground up, and I’d guess he’s probably already getting some nasty attitude and if he throws you too many times he will learn to do it all the time. Get someone to retrain him, or take him back to where you got him from and demand your money back. I wouldn’t give him back to them to retrain, or re- “break”, if that’s what they gave you in the first place.