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    07-25-2013, 12:40 PM
Originally Posted by usandpets    
You said that you will have a trainer. That is who you need to ask your questions to. They will know how much the horse is trained and what the horse already knows.Posted via Mobile Device
You need to have the trainer evaluate this animal before you do anything else. If this horse is getting thumped on for every mistake there will probably be retraining needed as he may be confused and frustrated. Also a pre-purchase exam.
There is a lot here that we have no information about. A green horse and rider combination is so often a bad combination due to the lack of knowledge of both horse and rider. If your trainer is also a good teacher for you, well, that is certainly a plus. Be prepared to give the trainer a fair amount to time to get the horse going safely and spend as much time as you can watching.
I have the feeling you have probably made a decision on this. Stay safe.
It's going to be an education.
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    07-25-2013, 12:56 PM
Thank you guys! I guess the better option would be one of my trainers horses which I'll probably end up getting. Maybe someday I'll have enough cash saved up to get the unbroken guy and send him to an expert but until then the safer option would be a broke horse. Thank y'all!
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    07-25-2013, 01:04 PM
Probably the best decision...good for you!
So often when someone talks about getting attached to a horse, the choice has already been made. You will do well by getting a horse you can start off with under saddle and enjoying the experience.
    07-25-2013, 02:45 PM
Don't waste your time. If you want to ride, have fun, and learn, get a horse that is broke. Green riders should never have green horses. The romantic idea of having a horse to grow up with is not a good idea in most situations. My parents had no horse experience, my mother was afraid of them, and my dad, a dairy farmer, thought of them as hay burners and treated them like cows. I got my first horse, a three year old, hardly broke and one who acted like a stud and had the attention span of a goldfish.

In my experience, you end up with more emotional and physical scars in the long run than just going out and buying some old guy who can take you places and moving up when he retires. I still have that gelding, and I still physically shake at the thought of riding him. He's gotten a lot better, but you'll never be able to ride with the same confidence. I've gotten a lot better, too, and have braved plenty of greenies since then, but I have more experience now to do so. I know some day he'll be an amazing horse, but instead of him being at his peak at 5, he sat out in pasture because I was too afraid to ride him. I can get on another horse I've just met and ride with confidence, but with him I just can't unless I'm in the right frame of mind.

I'm not a very weak person, but that trauma that early in your riding 'career' can shake you in a way that not many will even try to understand. I was cantering in my lessons before that, and after being thrown of a bundle of times, I had to relearn my gaits from a walk. I'm JUST starting to canter again, and this was years ago that it happened. I didn't mean to give you a novel, but a green horse can effect you in more ways than you realize should something go wrong. Even if it all goes right, if you don't know where to start, you likely shouldn't play the guessing game. I remember asking the same questions, and getting these answers, but after I few swift kicks the the butt I'm better for it, but I would love have been working on my riding skills and to think where I could have been.
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    07-25-2013, 03:04 PM
My first two horses were completely green, I broke them out myself (a little help from a trainer) when I was 14. Two years ago we bought a totally green horse, and she did me in in some ways. When I was working with the first two, I was very confident and in control, but going up against this totally green horse wasn't good for me- I lost my nerve, not to mention most of the confidence that it had taken me years to build. I'm nervous even leading her now, since last summer she took off and kicked me square in the chest. I still have one of my original "green" horses, and I'm riding dressage on her, but knowing what I do now, it wasn't a good idea to start off as a green horse owner with two green horses.
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    07-26-2013, 12:06 AM
Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
Probably the best decision...good for you!
So often when someone talks about getting attached to a horse, the choice has already been made. You will do well by getting a horse you can start off with under saddle and enjoying the experience.
I do love this horse, but with that said I don't want to be selfish and be the cause of his bad habits that end him up on a meat truck. Thank you, hopefully I will have a horse that will be a very good team with me.(:
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    07-26-2013, 03:24 AM
Truthfully, if you are worried about causing bad habits that would land him on a meat are probably wise enough to get help and educate yourself so he WON'T end up on a meat truck.
If you have professional help and are willing and able to spend the time and dollars to get him to a point where he is willing and responsive, it can be quite a learning experience. But just know it will be some time before you will have a saddle horse to enjoy.
You will learn a lot on an experienced horse. But the call is yours.

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