04-29-2012, 10:19 PM
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That's why we ride before we buy ;) Unless the horse is purchased through word of mouth and you've seen it out being ridden etc.
The horse may not necessarily be as green as you think. How experienced a rider are you? I know plenty of very well trained horse (including a retired FEI dressage horse who is now a school horse), that will run straight through a novice rider's hands and trot around like a giraffe. Put an experienced rider on, and they're doing beautiful lateral work within minutes.