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post #21 of 22 Old 03-15-2012, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by SilverChestnut View Post
They are all broke to ride, but have not been worked since 'Season before last' (I'm guessing summer of last year?)
I would be really hesitant about riding some of these horses. I'm sure the owner has asked you NOT to ride for liability reasons.

From that quote I would guess it's been nearly two years since they've been ridden, and you mentioned one of the horses was 3 1/2 years old, the best he could be is very green broke, possibly only 30-90 days of training. Riding him would be like colt starting. Unless you have experience in colt starting, I would not even ask the owner about riding.

Herdbound, it seems you are an excellent confident rider, I really admire that, but not everyone is the rider you are. I lost all of my confidence as a rider years ago when I got on a horse for someone who needed a hand training, and it ended in a wreck because I didn't know what the horse's previous training had been(almost none). If these horses don't respect people from the ground it is very likely they won't respect a rider.

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post #22 of 22 Old 03-18-2012, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Fargosgirl View Post
If these horses don't respect people from the ground it is very likely they won't respect a rider.
Groundwork is awesome to get to know the animal and vice versa BUT I have seen horses have HORRIBLE ground manners but be as gentle and responsive as a *****cat under saddle AND I have seen horses do everything right on the ground and be as respectful as respectful gets and then be an ABSOLUTE disrespectful idiot when under saddle. I think people need to realize that.
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