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post #1 of 3 Old 11-15-2011, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Starting an unbroken 8 year old quarter horse?

Should I try and start my unbroken but gentle and handled 8 year old gelding? Or would I just be causing him and myself grief by trying this and just look into finding a trainer that will help me?

I have an 8 year old quarter horse gelding who I have owned since the day he was born. He is sweet and kind, handles well on the ground and a quick learner. He stands quietly, enjoys being groomed, handles his hooves well and is an all around gentle mannered horse.

Before my parents divorce, he was being worked with everyday and starting the process to begin being ridden, but this was 5 years ago. It is just now, these past few months from when I moved back home to my dad's farm, that I have had the opportunity to start working with him in a more structured manner outside daily grooming and handling.

I know how important the first ride is, and all handling up until and after that point. I just was wondering if I should continue to work with him myself or should I turn him over to a respected trainer to get him started with riding?

I have finished a few green horses and worked with unpredictable horses in the past, however I have not starting a horse from scratch so to speak with riding. I am not a competitive rider anymore, I just enjoy trail riding these days.

I do not have an arena but I would have access to one through friends, and I do have a roundpen.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for any input you have.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-15-2011, 07:31 PM
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As long as he hasn't had bad handling, he should be fine.

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post #3 of 3 Old 11-15-2011, 07:38 PM
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I mean this a very respectful way although it may sound otherwise: If you need to ask then you should seek a trainer.

For the simple reason that being unsure of yourself, what you are doing, or how to react in a given situation is the WORST thing for a green horse.

Now, you may find that under guidance you actually DID have the knowledge and skills needed. Do that a few more times and you won't need to ask because you'll KNOW you can do it! If you can find a trainer that is willing to allow you to take a hands on role, that would be ideal. That way you can both learn under the experienced eye of a professional. Once your horse is at a stage that you feel 100% comfortable continuing the training on you own, go from there!

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