Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
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.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."