Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
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.
Last edited by Eolith; 09-19-2013 at 02:15 AM.