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post #21 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 09:08 PM
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We REALLY need to find a way to make riding look harder!!! Like, perhaps downhill moguls, or snowboarding in a halfpipe. SURELY nobody just decides to go fly down a snow wall with NO prior preparation..... to ME, it sounds the SAME as buying a 9 yo unbroken mare, thinking you are going to ride off into the sunset!!!!

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post #22 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 09:13 PM
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perhaps you can find an older broke gentle horse for not a lot of money that is pretty, that you could take your friend to go look at and actually ride ;) then you could change her mind and she would have a safer horse . Sometimes you can find them for free, Or look at one of the slaughter houses, that will try to find a horse a home before it goes to slaughter, lots of rescue groups do this. Good luck . If she set on a paint , I am sure there are older safer horses out there .
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post #23 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by greentree View Post
We REALLY need to find a way to make riding look harder!!!
Nah, just take this woman to a rodeo to watch the broncs... & point out that many good broncs actually come from ponyclubbers/adult riders who have inadvertently trained them to be so good!
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post #24 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 09:23 PM
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If she gets the horse trained, it will probably cost her a couple of thousand dollars. Then what if something happens that the never before worked horse is lame?

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post #25 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 10:32 PM
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This is an impossible question to answer. It depends on the horse and the person. My first mare was 16 and never broke, only a pasture pet. I was new to horses. Took my time, best riding horse ever, it worked for me.

HOWEVER, there are MANY things that can go wrong and be very dangerous. I think that honesty is the best policy....if it turns to be too challenging, get professional help. If it is going well and everyone is happy, congrats!
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post #26 of 27 Old 09-20-2013, 12:02 AM
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If she has no experience what so ever, and the horse is not broken in, and a bit older, this situation is a potential death-trap, literally.
1) She has no experience, she will probably get all lovey on the horse, particularly if it is her first horse, and it will likely get spoiled. The horse might be nice and calm now, but being loved on and then pecked away at when it misbehaves, will turn it into an !@#hole. Horses change in relation to how they are handled, calm now doesn’t mean calm later.
2) Compounding the first point is that older unbroken horses tend to take a little more experience to deal with than a younger one as they are, generally speaking, not so submissive and open to having the trainer tell them what to do. That means she will have to be able to read the horse very well, and respond appropriately, possibly with a bit more force than a youngster would take. If she doesn’t, she will allow the horse to be dominant, which is bad news.
3) when she gets on its back, it is full grown, and can unload its full power on your friend, it can be tricky sticking to a younger horse who hasn’t really learned to buck yet, an older one is bigger and stronger and if your friend isn’t so experienced, she probably won’t ride through it. This could end up teaching the horse to buck, as mentioned by loosie above. The horse isn’t guaranteed to buck, but from my experience of training horses for the last 25 years, the older they are (unbroken) the more likely they are to do it, the harder and more persistently they can do it. It might not be the bucking that hurts, though it can, it’s the landing is what will get you.
Strongly encourage your friend to go and find a nice old steady horse that has been ridden for years and buy that. Inexperienced riders and green horses, no matter how old they are, are not usually a good combination. Sometimes it works, but I’d be willing to bet that there are plenty more that don’t than ever do work. Besides, I the horse is so nice and calm I’d be asking why the current owners didn’t get it started in the first place.
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post #27 of 27 Old 09-20-2013, 03:50 AM
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If it was just the original question, I would say no, no problems, a 9years old can be trained with great success and no huge issues.

That is, if it's a good, experienced trainer who does the job. And there's no way to foresee if this particular mare will be a beginner horse or not. Not a clue on the planet. She might be calm and lazy, or she might be hot and need a firm, experienced hand. It doesn't really matter how she does look in the pasture.

But since you added:

She's never even ridden a horse, plus, I already know, she is not going to want to listen to anything a trainer has to say, she'll want everything her own way.
Your friend doesn't really want this horse, unless she's just going to feed her from outside the pasture fence.

What your friend needs is a 20+, bomb-proof retired school horse, one with great experience with beginners, the kind that no matter what you do, won't spook, won't become aggressive, possibly won't ever go faster than a pleasure-speed canter. horse at all would be even better, 'cause if she's really clueless and wants to do all by herself, there are high chances that she'll get badly hurt, and whatever horse will be sold quickly to whoever comes and picks him up first.
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