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post #1 of 8 Old 04-30-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Kids Training

I know, about everyone here is going to say "No kid has enough experience or is mature enough to finish/train a horse" but I ( I'm 13 ) have been riding since I was born pretty much, and I've bonded with soo many horses. I know what to do. I've pretty much ONLY ridden green horses my whole life. I'm looking for a horse and I found a paint gelding, who is 3 and green. I really, really like him. The ad says "He's green broke and can be a challenge so he needs a more experienced owner."

I just want some advice, I know about everyone is going to say stay away and get a broke horse, but yeah. My mom is a trainer, she could help me but I live with my dad. My mom already said "too bad he's green" but I would have more than one horse anyways, I would be able to ride a finished horse and correct any bad habits I gain myself. My dad may let me get him.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-30-2012, 08:05 PM
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Hi Cooplee and welcome to the Horse Forum :)

The thing about horses, is that you NEVER stop learning. When you realise how much you don't know, is the time when you start to power ahead with your learning. Personally, I don't feel that the average 13 year old has sufficient experience to break or take on a breaker that is known to be a challenge as it is. Lack of knowledge and experience is not the only concern however, strength is also a big one. What happens when this horse tries to take off on you? Goes to kick/bite? Walk all over you? I know there's been times that I have been dragged across the yard by a horse, and I'm a pretty strong person and an adult with quite a lot of experience behind me. A 13 year old would have no hope if that happened.

If you're going to take on a green broke horse, at least find one that is quiet. If you see an ad for a horse, and the owner admits that the horse can be a challenge, NEVER over estimate your ability because the owner may well be selling the horse due to it being too much for them - and they could be a very experienced horse person.

What do your parents think about this idea?

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-30-2012, 08:15 PM
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I'll tell you from my own experience. I own three green horses. It's not a merry walk in the park, in fact, owning horses is not a merry walk in the park. I would tell you to look elsewhere and find a horse that's been to town more than once, but you seem stuck on the idea, so I'm going to advise you to find a horse that's not as green. The ad says that he's a challenge and needs an experienced owner, at the young age that you are, that should be your cue to walk away, a green horse or not. I would walk away from a horse that is known to be a handful.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-30-2012, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-30-2012, 08:57 PM
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Well. When I was 13... 3 years ago...

Hmmm. I was riding a "green" horse, but she was an exception. She was pretty much broke right away. I had enough experience to work with the "easy" kind of green.

Since then, I've learned soooo much you have no idea. I broke an untouched mare, and did a lot of training with a welsh/arab cross that I sold, plus all of the barrel racing training on my rope horse.

If I were you, I'd go look at the horse, and if it seems to be one of the easy kinds of green, and you have someone to help you if anything goes south, I'd go for it. If it's the typical green, I'd pass and keep looking.

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-30-2012, 09:28 PM
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The thing is, you will learn so much more from a better horse than you will from someone's "challenge" horse.

And not run the risk of getting hurt too.

One thing about horse ads is that you can count on things being worse than they admit in most cases.

In other words, his saying horse can be a challenge may be his way of saying horse tried to kill me.

At I'm of the opinion, at 13? You are not well versed enough to take something like this on.
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I've been around horses all my life too, grown up on their backs practically- when I was 13, my horse was semi-retired, and so I needed a new one. I happened to find a 2 year old arabian colt, and figured, 'okay. I've ridden green horses. Horses really like me. He's young, so he'll get attached to me and we'll form an even better bond. I can sit a buck. I have a mom who's trained horses before. She can help me, and I can train my first horse.'- sound familiar?
My mom went to nursing school and is rather notorious for not keeping promises, so no help there. I realized just how much I didn't know about horses, which made me feel embarrassed, and I barely eeked by with ground work for 4 years, only recently, at 17, am I starting to really train him. It was by the grace of God that I found a 2 year old that was as calm and sweet as he is, because if he didn't have the mind he does, it would have been horrible.
I highly suggest, from my own experience, that you find a horse that isn't described as needing an experienced rider, preferably older/ done growing. Trust me, older does not equal boring or a horse with no energy... my first horse was a 6 1/2 year old quarab gelding, and he had lots of training, he was an excellent horse, but he was full of energy, and a huge challenge, but the only way I could get hurt on him was if I was stupid. If you want to challenge yourself, you can. Just make sure you're not challenging yourself too much- and I can almost guarantee you that this horse you're looking at is a much bigger challenge than you think. Please be safe, and good luck- I know there's a great horse out there for you.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-01-2012, 03:43 PM
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I agree 100% with Kayty, all she says is true.

I think you 'really, really like this horse' because there are problems with him! At your age I was much the same! Believe me, I did ride some very difficult ponies, some green, some just with terrible bad habits. All this was under the strictest of supervision.
So, I have nothing against an experienced child riding a green horse - under supervision - but I would not allow any child to ride a horse that obviously has a serious problem.
The vendors seem to be reasonably honest, if they are then they would not sell the horse to a child anyway!
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