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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
We consider our horses to be green until they can quietly and sucessfully pick up and transition through each variation of w-t-c as soon as they're asked, turn with very little rein aid and more seat/leg, pick up the right lead almost all of the time, and will sidepass or back quietly without their heads waving in the air.
Like everyone else said though, be careful because green means something different to everyone. In my area 'green' can be anything from a 2 year old stud that is somehow still 'great for children' to a horse that has it's foundation down and is ready to be refined for a discipline of your choice. I consider my 5 year old miniature horse mare to be a green driving horse still, even though she is as quiet as all get out and has never spooked while under cart, offered to buck, rear etc. Easy to tack, easy to hook up, pulls her weight quietly...she's great. I call her green though because she has only been off of our property to work three times (and did just fine), and she lacks refinement. She doesn't carry herself rounded out like she should yet, does speed up within the gait (never breaks gait, but definitely changes speeds) if she gets nervous, and she isn't as light in the mouth as I want her to be.
To someone else in my area though, she would actually already be considered a 'seasoned' cart horse because she's been off the property and in a parade, and she knows how to stop. That's more than most of the horses around here! LOL
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