Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
Let me put it this way -
My lease horse is 'dead broke'. He's also around 20 years old, and SLOW.
Until something unexpected jumps up and threatens to eat him. This is a horse who has been there and done that and is classified as a beginners horse, but even he spooks. He doesn't bolt, but he's also learnt to deal with his fear. He will spin and shy before stopping and thinking it over.
A 3 year old of the otherwise same description hasn't learned that. A flock of birds taking off, he could rear. A rabbit jumping out from no where, he could bolt. No matter how quiet he is, he doesn't have life experience under his belt. Like FoxHunter said, it's like expecting a kid to do an adults job.
Not that he couldn't be good. There are those out there, but is it worth the risk?
I bought a lovely quiet 4 year old as my first horse. Moved beautifully, very slow. A dream come true, and the owner insisted she was bombproof. The day after I bought her, she bolted and landed me in hospital before rearing and getting me off again a fortnight later. Just food for thought.