Horse 101 questions for amatuer Buyer
Hello ladies and gents. I am getting setup to hopefully get a horse before the year is out. I have my shed setup and have to do the stable yard and pasture. I have been doing alot of thinking lately and went to ride some horses, some of which I was thinking about buying. One yesterday hadn't been ridden in 2 yrs said the owner. When we went to put the bridle on, it took us between 5-12 minutes. Got the saddle on and was some hesitation as well. I petted her real good and played with her a little for bout 30 minutes through the whole process and then some before I attempted to mount. When I did go to mount, she wasn't having it. She tried to avoid me and stuff and knew what I was attempting to do. We finally got her to let me mount her after the owner held her. He led her around in a circle for as much as she wanted to and after about 10-20 minutes I started riding her.
I was in the horse pasture and his other 3 horses were in there as well and it seemed as if the one I was riding , her mind were more on the other horses more so than anything. The other horses often followed us as well, or hung around. She to me needs some work definitely because she stopped alot and didnt want to advance without taking the reigns and tapping her hind quarters a little. She also tried to kick some and stuff while I was on her. She is a nice paint mare, about 12 yrs I believe but not sure I want to get her. I really want something that I can just get on once or twice a week and don't have to worry about all the attitudes and stuff lol. I have a few questions I will post in a few but just wanted to state some things here first. I was told yrs ago when I was acquiring about a horse that I needed to get something older that was more settled and wouldnt have to worry about all the moodiness and stuff.
My questions are:
Would any horse, no matter how old, have days where when they don't want to be ridden they will just act up out of the blue? I want to be able to say if I don't to ride during a 3 wk period, if I go to her I want to be able to saddle her up and stuff and not have to worry about her forgetting what I am attempting to do.
Should a well trained horse know and not forget the basic teachings of what you are attempting to do? I know they say you should talk to your horse and let them know what you are doing by sort of showing her with your hands and stuff.
That's all I can think of at the time but any pointers you guys want to share with me you can as well. I have been told alot of little pointers and things to keep in mind when messing with horses so I know a good bit of things, but I know I will learn much more when I get my own and have an oppurtunity to be around em everday and get used to her and her to me.