Such a thing as "to broke"
I heard a funny comment made by a few riders the other day at a competition. My friends & I were at an event where you had to do multiple events to win the all around title & the saddle. You roped, cut, did a trail challenge, ranch sorted & finally a gymkhana. My friends & I competed, and all of us rode 1 horse each. I rode my mare that I broke in 2004, my trainer friend rode his mare that he has had 7 years & my other friend rode his gelding that he & his trainer girlfriend broke. All of our horses compete in the show pen, trail ride & work for a living. Some of the other riders around us made the comments that these horses had to be drugged because no horse could do that many events without drugs. Another rider heard them, walked up & told them "No girls, it's not drugs, they're just well broke". One of the girls replied "that would be to broke". I had to laugh at the thought of a horse being to broke. I agree that there are horses that are well broke, & may not fit a novice or a rider that has not had lessons or ridden a well broke horse. I have also seen riders purchase a great horse, especially reining, cutting & barrel horses, only to screw them up because they would not take the time to get lessons & learn that horses cues. I am a non pro, but have trained all my own horses. My current mare started off in the cutting pen, hauled with my grandaughter to the barrels & poles, competed in the extreme cowboy races, trail trials, & obstacle challenges, showed in ranch versatility and also works for a living in the pastures & breaking babies. I have made about 10 all around horses that compete in the same events. All of the horses have won numerous championships. All stayed level headed, were quiet, but stepped up when asked. I trained & made all of these horses, and all except my mare have gone to good homes & stayed sucsessful. My question is, has anyone ever had someone tell them that their horse is to broke ?