Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Another vote for taking your time and having a trainer do the initial riding break in. I got a new horse this fall and was harshly criticized more than once by people at my barn for having gotten such an "unruly" horse with no ground manners, was told to be more firm, was told to smack him, was told to always lead him with a stud chain. "horse bitches" as I call them love to tell everyone how to handle their horse, but almost always have the most uppity dreadful horses themselves. I stuck with my gut and some great advice from the forum and a few months later I have a perfect gentleman who is pretty much my dream horse (granted he has a ton of training under saddle, just had atrocious ground manners).
I think the importance of foundation cannot be underestimated and spending the time to build that now will pay dividends later. And let the trainer work the kinks out undersaddle, you can't buy a new body!