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post #11 of 29 Old 02-28-2013, 05:51 AM
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No matter how 'amazing' he is Shenee, the point is that a horse that age has no experience, and they are known to be unreliable. With you learning to ride and him learning to carry a rider, things could easily go wrong. You could teach him bad habits and effectively ruin him. He could see something unusual and completely flip out - how would you handle that?

If you insist on riding him, get some more professional training put on him - it will benefit you as well, because he will know the right reactions to the right cues. An instructor is a must as well.
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post #12 of 29 Old 02-28-2013, 08:51 AM
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oh yerh where abouts are you located ? iím guessing nowhere near me
You are right we are way far away from each other if your in Australia and I'm in Oklahoma. Little too much travel time for me. Though I wouldn't mind visiting Australia
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post #13 of 29 Old 02-28-2013, 09:31 AM
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I wouldn't trust a 3 year old with a beginner, child, or anyone green. I don't care how quiet and lazy they are. That horse is still young which = unpredictable. You may think you know this horse inside an out until he hurts someone one day.
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post #14 of 29 Old 03-02-2013, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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You are right we are way far away from each other if your in Australia and I'm in Oklahoma. Little too much travel time for me. Though I wouldn't mind visiting Australia
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oh yeh just a tinsy bit too far hay!! haha lol wouldnt mind meeting you!! if yaa ever down this way give us a yell aye

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post #15 of 29 Old 03-02-2013, 02:03 PM
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oh yeh just a tinsy bit too far hay!! haha lol wouldnt mind meeting you!! if yaa ever down this way give us a yell aye
Sounds good
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post #16 of 29 Old 03-02-2013, 02:57 PM
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My full time job is working at a summer camp. I put beginners on horses for a living. My industry said a 4 year old is a usable guest/dude horse. I have found that over the years 5 year old are better. I would never put a guest on a 3 year old horse beginner or advanced. Just my opinion. And to say be careful with this horse. You are getting some great advice. As a beginner I can't tell you how importent getting lesson are for you. You are learning you are riding a young horse that is learning and it is going well for you now but this can turn ugly. Don't be discoraged with help you horse could really be a good horse for you for many many years.
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My full time job is working at a summer camp. I put beginners on horses for a living. My industry said a 4 year old is a usable guest/dude horse. I have found that over the years 5 year old are better. I would never put a guest on a 3 year old horse beginner or advanced. Just my opinion. And to say be careful with this horse. You are getting some great advice. As a beginner I can't tell you how importent getting lesson are for you. You are learning you are riding a young horse that is learning and it is going well for you now but this can turn ugly. Don't be discoraged with help you horse could really be a good horse for you for many many years.
Thanks Cowboy Bob i really appreciate your advice and yes i will be getting lessons :) and i think we can learn and grow together (me n my horse) cheers for your input mate!

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indeed it does Peppy Indeed it does.. Lets just hope it happens one day aye mate :)

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post #19 of 29 Old 03-03-2013, 08:54 AM
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Thanks Cowboy Bob i really appreciate your advice and yes i will be getting lessons :) and i think we can learn and grow together (me n my horse) cheers for your input mate!

*sigh* how many times have we all heard this?

I know you don't want to hear that the horse is not suitable, it is your horse and you love it. I dont see how a 3yo could possibly have been a leadline horse for kids. At 3 years of age they are still just learning the most basic of commands and their training. There is a HUGE difference between a horse trained well enough to be used by kids and another being used to just give a little "pony ride".

Everybody on here is showing a genuine concern for you and the horse, and not trying to discourage you. As much as you don't want to hear it; you are taking a serious risk with such an inexperienced horse/rider combination. This is a recipe for disaster, with the risk of injury for both of you and the creation of problems with the lack of training on the horse.

I understand this is your horse, and I would urge you to find a good trainer to work with you both.
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post #20 of 29 Old 03-03-2013, 09:04 AM
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I think I was born with the words "want a horse" written on my brain.. in my heart (probably from my ancestor who was a trainer at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna!). However, I lived in Albany, NY and in a house on a lot so wanting and having were two different things.

I took lessons every chance I got. My Grandmother and Grandfather liked horses and lived where I had access to a woman who had been a riding instructor in England. And that is who put me on my first horse... I think I was 3 or 4 maybe...

I did not have a horse until I was 13 and then that horse and I were in a local Pony club and lessons were every Saturday except for July and August when we had lessons two days a week with a paid instructor (we all chipped in and paid someone.. usually very good). My horse was 7-8 when I got him and while not educated, was well ridden and had a lot of miles. He was far from perfect and that horse taught me a LOT (coupled with qualified instruction).

Over the years while I owned and trained horses I STILL would take lessons once in awhile. It never hurts to have other eyes on your riding.

Your 3 year old needs training and mileage of the right sort. You also need training and mileage of the right sort. Your 3 year old needs it with an experienced trainer and you need it with an experienced horse. YES.. it is costly.. but that would be best. After a year of hard work (yours) and the same for your 3 year old (though most three year olds are learning and not worked hard) the two of you can be put together to continue this journey.

Your story, and many like yours that I have heard, allows me to truly appreciate all those years I was horseless and wanting but not getting.. a horse.. but getting lessons instead (and reading anything and everything about training horses).

Now, at this age, I am again horseless.. but this too shall pass and I full expect to be back in the saddle in 5-6 years when I retire. Maybe less if it looks feasible.

Good luck!
PS: I have never met a naturally "stubborn" horse. Most are made that way by too much of the wrong sort of training! :)
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