I recently got out of a bad horsey situation that involved an unhalter broke gelding who used rearing and kicking as his first reaction. The entire experience was somewhat eye opening, and I ended up working with a trainer on a daily basis so that I could have some semblance of control over this horse while I worked out what to do.
Now, his is an entirely different story, but now that I've experienced actually working with a nearly wild horse, I'm interested in learning how to train a young unbroke horse. The trainer I worked with during that time said I could totally train my own horse from the ground on up with minimal help, she said I had all the right stuff going for me.
So I got to thinking about it, and decided I would try to find a young 2, at most going on 3 yr old, who had a nice temperament, the kind of horse who makes a kids mount after a few years of maturing and training, and who is halter broke, and good with feet and vetting already, and work with this same trainer training him/her.
I did find a horse that fit my criteria, but have been getting a lot of discouraging feed back about how green trainers shouldn't train a horse. I've been riding for 10 years, I wouldn't say I'm amazing, but I'm definitely intermediate/advanced. I can ride green broke horses no problem, and continue their training with a good coaches help. I do not have any problem working side by side with a trainer for my first time, and certainly when the situation merits it, I don't mind "handing over the reins" to my experienced trainer to do the job right the first time.
So I guess what I am saying, is am I being realistic about this? Should I reconsider? The mare I found is literally perfect, a total 1 on the scale, already halter broke, picks up her feet like a doll, stands nice for the farrier and vet....With an experienced trainer, and later coach, is it possible for a first time trainer to be successful training an unbroke horse?
Sorry for the long post...its part vent I think