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post #31 of 34 Old 07-23-2013, 06:40 PM
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My 3-year-old horse is what I'd consider to be "bombproof". Nothing spooks this horse, and he's been like that his whole life (well, I assum he has as I got him as a yearling that hadn't really been worked with more than to be halterbroke). However, I would NOT, under any circumstances recommend that he have anyone less than an experienced rider work with him, and actually don't want anyone working with him other than me, period. I don't want anyone messing up his training as he's so young and can buck/kick/hop when he gets frustrated.

My BO's horse is also "bombproof" and is fully broke. She's the perfect horse to stick someone who's never been on a horse before on and go for a trail ride. She's a great babysitter - until the inexperienced rider picks up the reins. She's so soft and responsive that an experienced rider can guide her with neck reining and yeilding to slight leg pressure, but gets confused when someone starts pulling on her mouth. While safe for kids and really any rider to "go for a ride" (what I like to refer to as "being taken for a ride"), she's not a horse that I would ever recommend for anyone that was less than experienced to actually "ride", much less own.
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post #32 of 34 Old 07-23-2013, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
Just wanted to add that "bombproof" does not guarantee that there will not be bucking, rearing, etc. A calm temperment doesn't assure that either. If you're inexperienced the best thing you can do for yourself and your future equine partner is to find a trainer or someone you really really trust to to and check out horses with you - including doing a test ride before you.
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Unless you're very experienced, you should never buy a horse without a trainer. There are a lot of dimensions to a horse and things to look for, so I would never purchase a horse without a trainer and a vet check, or on your own if you know what you're doing WITH a vet check.

Something else you can do is also look into more mature age groups of horses, for one who's done a lot and will not be phased by as much.
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post #33 of 34 Old 08-03-2013, 10:06 AM
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I am currently in the process of buying my first horse, but I am no where near begginner, I am an intermediate rider, border line advanced, and I stay away from any horse that has bombproof written on the ad, or has a one on the scale. I am expierienced enough for a younger horse though, and if I need help, I have it. In eleven years of riding, I have developed a few "connections". Beginners should be looking for their "Old Reliable" this doesn't actually literally mean old, but it can. Some older horses are crazy! Others are the perfect fit. Reliable, is what you want though, the horse should have a history with beginners, and make sure to take an expierienced rider with you. But even we miss stuff sometimes, or underestimate the extent of an issue. I tried a horse a month ago, that I noticed was a little swollen in the left hind hock, but because she looked and rode sound, I didn't think much of it, in the vet chek, it turned up that she had arthritis in that hock, not bad, but as she was only 7, potentially bad. I went back, and looked at all the pictures on the add, and that I had taken and realized that in everyone, if she was resting a foot, it was that one. This doesn't always alarm me, but because of the swollen hock it should have. Another mare I saw advertised as bombproof, was 6, so I went to see her anyway, just to see, and found that she was bomb proof in the walk, and had beginners riding her, and sort if in the trot, but was very green still, and didnt even canter under saddle, this horse I would have bought, but she had a health issue too, navicular. Needless to say, I haven't had much luck.
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Sometimes more experienced riders like the challenge of a horse that is not "bombproof". If the horse is say at a level 2 temperament, and considered bombproof, I picture a slow poke of a horse plodding down the road at snails pace. This is not always the case, but I tend to get a little bored with these type of horses. I like my horses to have a little pep, and be more like a level 4 or 5, but be experienced enough to not buck me off at their choosing.

The temperament scale is how mellow or "high" the horse is. This usually does not have much to do with how much experience the horse has. A horse rated at a 7, may have a ton of training as a cutter, but is very very active, and just has a "hotter" disposition. On the opposite side of the scale, I have a two year old gelding who only has 13 rides on him, and I would rate him at about a 2. He spooks at nothing, is up for any new experiences, nothing even phases him. But, he is far from bombproof, as he doesn't really know much yet as far as his training goes.

The temperament scale, and the training level are two completely different ways to look at a horse. You have to find the right combination of the two that is suitable for you! Hope that helps!
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