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post #1 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone forsee any problems?

A friend of mine has found a beautiful paint mare. But,she's 9 years old,and only halter broke. She does stand for the farrier, has has been very well cared for. She's wondering how hard it will be to break a 9 year old horse, who is otherwise calm and gentle?
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post #2 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 01:03 AM
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Oh there's always problems - it's just a question of when they pop where horses are involved

If the mare is truly calm and gentle and the training is clear, consistent and handled well, it should be a success. It just may take a bit longer to go through the training steps as she is older. As well, the training should be done by an experienced person as a grown horse may be more opinionated than a youngster. I assume she was used as a brood mare earlier in her life that is why she was not started before??
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post #3 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 01:11 AM
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that depends on your friend's experience, don't you think? if the mare has 9 years of being a spoiled pasture pet, it might be harder to change that.
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It all depends on the horse. Horses that are started late can often turn into really good riding horses. I have been a fan of late starters because the mature brain they have when they start training - definitely over a horse that was started too early!

I think it has more to do with the person doing the training then the horse though overall.
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post #5 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 01:32 AM
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No harder to start an older horse than a younger one.
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post #6 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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This mare has never been in foal. Not sure of the whole story. The lady wanting to buy the horse has no horse experience whatsoever, but is excited and willing to learn. She does have a possible trainer lined up, though. Not sure if she's registered, but just had her feet done, wormed, and shots. She sent a pic to my phone, and she looked very nice. The people want $400 for her, which I doubt I would pay that for a 9 year old unbroke horse. She has not seen the horse in person yet, she just asked me on FB to find out for her if it would be any harder, I was also worried about her being a spoiled pasture pet.
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post #7 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 02:13 AM
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If your friend doesn't have any horse experience, I think you should strongly advise her to take the costs into consideration. Make her add everything up for feed, hoof care, board, tack, training, etc... then encourage her to invest that money in some riding lessons or maybe a lease situation instead of pouring it all into a horse that isn't saddle broke with a high potential for disappointment.

The saying "green on green makes black and blue" applies here. An unskilled rider on an unskilled horse is asking for trouble.

I have been riding for 15+ years and my greenie has bucked me off a few times. I can tell you that if I were a new rider, I probably never would have gotten back on her after the first time she bucked me off. It takes a lot of guts to be tossed and then to hop back on and try again. She's a sweet calm mare overall, but she is still green. She was also started later in life, being about 5-7 years old.

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post #8 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 02:21 AM
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Agree with above - if your friend is inexperienced, best she keeps looking for a well trained horse.
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post #9 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 02:28 AM
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I would say no. Even if she sent the mare to a trainer to be green broke she most likely wouldn't be suitable for a green rider. Green + green = black & blue. Most of the horses I've owned were cheap, badly trained horses and I've been very lucky to only be bucked off once. Riding a greenie teaches you a lot, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone because I have ridden one or two who could have killed me. Any horse can kill you in fact.
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post #10 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 09:13 AM
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Yes, a problem for sure. There are trained, safe, healthy horses out there that would cost her less in the long run that she would be better off with. As for the 9 year old, she needs to go to a home with an experienced horse person, or be a pasture pet somewhere else.
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