Originally Posted by longshot
Ok I will refrain from my standard "I hate the word break" sermon.. lucky you! A horse just like any other critter is still very capable of learning at any stage of life. I have trained 10 and 12 year olds that have been nothing but pasture mowers. Yes it can be done and done fairly easily, my concern here is "Has been with her abuser" How abused? I think it's a great idea to check her thoroughly. Get her in a halter and wrap a slip tie around a smooth metal pole then mildly spook her. Pick up her feet, put your fingers in her ears, mouth and nose. See how much stimuli she stands.. plastic bag on a stick? Is she jumpy? Lots of questions that need answered before you check her "broke" status. Or you can just jump aboard and join ranks with her "abuser" (said in jest, you are here asking questions before trying, that makes you unlikely to be an abuser)
What is your experience level? Are you qualified to take on a possibly very bent, overly spooky four legged steam roller? Do you have access to someone that is?
"Is she broke?" isn't the main question, "is she safe and sane?" is.
I guess I shouldn't have said "abuser" more like "neglectful owner". She was close to starving to death when she was reposessed by the owners bank because he failed to stay good on a loan.
Experience level would be, enough I wouldn't just jump on he back. I have my way of how I plan on to figure out if she is broke, without just jumping aboard. I do have access to someone that has a lot more experience than me.
My main question here, was just if she is not "broke", is it correct or "okay" to try at her age.