Originally Posted by Kayty
I firmly believe that as riders we need to learn ourselves before trying to teach our horse. How are we supposed to know how to give a clear aid and understand the response we are looking for, if we haven't ridden that exercise correctly ourselves?
I learn together with my horses, and we started Aug of last year knowing absolutely nothing about the dressage and correct riding (yes, I never felt riding on a contact or horse coming round under me
). Not advocating for this road, just saying it's possible in principle, and besides I have no other choice with one of them.
With that being said if you HAVE a choice of leasing/buying trained horse vs green one and you don't have an experience and you know you want one trained in specific discipline, I'd go with the trained one. It's much easy to learn (and make mistakes) on horse that knows the job. I'm taking jumping lessons at the moment (in addition to my dressage lessons), and I use BTDT lesson horse until I have more solid seat/leg over the jump.