05-17-2012, 01:18 AM
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There is always room for improvement and growth, but I have a definition of what a finished horse is to me:
A finished horses is one that is 'job ready' for whatever occupation I have for him.
If he is a 'finished reiner', he is ready to haul and show and should be able to mark a '70'. Same is true if he is a finished Cutting Horse. That does not mean he won't need 'maintenance' training and 'tune-ups' but he is show-ready and should not embarrass his rider.
If he is a 'finished team or calf roping horse', he should be ready to throw in the trailer and go enter a roping and should help his rider be competitive.
A 'finished trail horse' is one that can be taken out alone or in company in any terrain and be a sane, respectful trail horse that goes anywhere you point his head.
If the horse is a 'finished Police Horse, he should be CLEET Certified or ready to be certified and ready for an officer to take him to the field.
I think you should be able to describe ANY FINISHED HORSE as being 'show-ready', 'trail ready', 'arena-ready', etc. Obviously a finished horse should have impeccable manners and, again, no hole in them.
A finished horse should not need basic schooling in its occupation or have any major 'holes' in his training. Obviously, every finished horse is going to need occasional 'tune-ups' and schooling sessions, especially if he is being ridden / shown by a novice or actually any 'non-trainer'.