Originally Posted by Sunny
Don't get an untrained horse as your first. It's a disaster waiting to happen.
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I have to agree with you Sunny. There really are kind of invisible steps to training a horse. It is a process of teaching something small, then building on that. If you skip over and leave holes in training, it will come back to bite you. Seriously. And as the old saying goes, "Green and green make black and blue." (Meaning a green horse with a green rider is an accident waiting to happen). I can vouch for this. I started riding with some neighbors back when I was a kid. They had green broke crazies, and I can honestly say, I have no idea how I'm still alive.
My first 4H horse show with them, their horses were sooooo herd bound I was kicked out of showmanship, and couldn't get the horse back in to the arena to save my life. He was rearing up, hollering... you name it. I was watching everyone else show, and "our" horses were the crazies. I got to thinking, how did everyone else have good
horses? Shortly after that, I found a riding instructor and began taking lessons on normal horses. That's when my riding really took off. That was 12 years ago now. I wouldn't want anyone's first horse to be a greenie, or an unbroke horse. It might just turn you sour to riding. I know when I was riding with them, there were days where I didn't want to get on the horse, because he'd already spooked 3 times and bolted a time or two.