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post #1 of 11 Old 04-29-2013, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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What is the correct term when referring to a "green horse"

I have a 1,500$ budget to purchase a horse.

My instructor a 1* rider said i wouldn't be able to afford a well trained one and so im thinking now a horse without much training is called a green horse ? I am not just looking for a horse for 1,500$ im looking for a good doer preferably barefoot and good to handle.

I wouldn't mind having a green horse there is just so many people selling horses that dont know the difference from dangerouse compared to uneducated.

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I have a 1,500$ budget to purchase a horse.

My instructor a 1* rider said i wouldn't be able to afford a well trained one and so im thinking now a horse without much training is called a green horse ? I am not just looking for a horse for 1,500$ im looking for a good doer preferably barefoot and good to handle.

I wouldn't mind having a green horse there is just so many people selling horses that dont know the difference from dangerouse compared to uneducated.
See if your trainer will go with you when you find the ONE you really think you want. If your trainer can't go, then maybe a more experienced horse friend? There are varying "shades" of green. The kind of green horse I think you want should be under saddle, maybe 60-90 days training, walk, trot, canter, back up, whoa and maybe side pass. They should pick up the correct lead on the canter and can do simple lead changes without having to take up half the arena between leads. Tie, load and trailer, bathe, clip and have excellent ground manners.
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A green horse is anything from "Once saw a picture of a saddle" to "Not quite ready for show". Depends on the person selling, and their standards. To my way of thinking, a green horse is one that is broke to ride, knows turns, stops, W/T/C and is comfortable with being handled, feet cleaned, mounted. But they lack experience and any refined training.

I sold my mare Lilly as green broke, although my daughter had ridden her for about a year. Her basics were down pat, but she had no advanced experience. Mia was sold to me as "perfect for a beginner". In reality, she either wasn't broke to ride, or barely broke.

You might make a list of things you need, and things you would like, then go test each horse to see what you can get for the price. Unless your luck is much better than mine, don't believe what you haven't tried to do on the horse.
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I will take videos of riding and handling the horse to show my trainer, will be bringing a experienced horse friend and get a vet check. I dont need a horse thats done side pass or lead changes im more looking for a horse that is calm to ride and that doesn't shy or freak out all the time. A horse that can stop turn ctw and broken in a kind way. Also looking for a type of personality and one thats safe on the ground. Im kinda just looking for a trail rider horse that can be an allrounder in the future.

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Green is a really general term in my opinion. If you are talking show then a green horse can actually be a really seasoned horse that just hasn't shown in that discipline but for the most part, a green horse is usually a young horse with not that much experience.

If it's got the proper foundation under it, then green isn't a bad thing.
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Its hard because green horses can easily be dangerous if they're not with an experienced rider. It's not just a matter of them not knowing certain aids, its also that many green horses haven't been out to competitions, they haven't been ridden in many places and they haven't been taught to react to things in a certain way. They need a really confident rider who can see the "warning" signs.

Realistically, $1500 is a very small amount to spend on a competition horse. If you want to get serious with eventing the cost of the horse will likely be the cheapest thing. Competitions, tack and lessons will easily cost much more. If you're just starting out don't look for a high level eventing horse, but something that can teach you the basics and that you can then sell on when you are ready to move onto something more challenging. From my experience, buying a green horse can set you years back just because of all the basic, low level work you have to do, rather than working through the levels and gaining real experience.

It's your choice what you do, but weigh up the benefits and risks of all options.
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"Green" means, in the UK, "inexperienced".

"Very green" and backed would mean that it had done little more than be backed. A "green" ridden horse would usually mean one which had had very little schooing or had been ridden little and I would expect it to be spooky and need bringing on.
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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. Thats more than most of the horses around here! LOL
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Green - it has less than a thousand hours on it, often less than a hundred.
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