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post #11 of 18 Old 08-29-2019, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Ft. my scribbled over instructors face ^^
Hope it actually tags you in it haha
These are the only pictures I have, they're mostly videos of him
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This whole horse girl phase wasn't supposed to last this long... oh well.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-30-2019, 02:26 PM
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8 isn't 'too' young IMO. I think 8-9 is a great age. When you said younger, I thought you were going to say he's like 3-6. You're fine. As long as you & the horse get along, then screw what people say. *shrug*

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post #13 of 18 Old 08-30-2019, 03:08 PM
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Once they're past the 2-4yo, baby brain, might-have-a-greenie-moment stage, age doesn't make all that much difference. Breed can (I emphasize CAN lol) make a big difference too. In general I'd take a 5yo been-there-done-that ranch-used QH as a mount for an inexperienced rider over a 14yo OTTB or very forward performance horse any day.

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post #14 of 18 Old 08-30-2019, 04:09 PM
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One of my daughter's first lessons, which isn't going all that great at the moment. She was 11? Her horse is a purebred Arabian mare, 6 years old, who was broke to ride a few months before this picture was taken. Lilly was a "Please and Thank You" mare. Say please and thank you and she was infinitely patient and willing to help. A very green rider on a green-broke 6 year old Arabian mare. And it was fine. Because Lilly was a hopelessly SWEET 6 year old green broke Arabian mare.

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post #15 of 18 Old 08-30-2019, 04:58 PM
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Generally it's more about the "green"-ness of the horse. People sometimes use age as a proxy, but it's really more about how much experience they have. People say green riders shouldn't ride green horses. Which I think is mostly probably true, but as you can read from the stories here, it can work out just fine. I was a new rider when I bought my Pony, who was six years old, and an ex-stud horse who had only been gelded and started about six months before that. It was hard at first, but I was working with a trainer and we've made a TON of progress. I've also learned to ride difficult horses! I probably didn't progress as quickly in my personal riding skills as I could have with more of a BTDT lesson horse, but I now have no problems with a horse that is stubborn, obstinate, sneaky, etc.

It sounds like you're riding with an instructor, and that she thinks you are a good match. So, like @Avna said, forget what other people say and just enjoy the horse. If you're happy, the horse is happy, and the instructor is happy, who cares what anyone else thinks.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-30-2019, 05:05 PM
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Mine just turned 9, got her when she was 8. She wasn't well schooled but had been used for a few seasons hunting so wasn't a total greenie. More like half-baked. I wasn't a beginner BUT I had only ridden lesson horses so going to some responsive hunter thing was a real eye opener. Fortunately she was picked for me for her temperament and between the instructor and yard manager (who rode her for me a lot at first) I was able to avoid creating a monster horse :P Without their help though she undoubtedly and very easily could have become a regular bolter or bucker. I would have ruined her honestly and I'm so glad that I was old enough (30's) and humble enough to ensure I had help throughout. There was a 7 year old as a lesson horse for ppl learning eventing etc but he was also used for beginners. A real charmer.

Personally it just depends on the education and temperament of the horse but you can't exactly blame people. Very often ppl over-horse themselves by a ridiculous amount sometimes.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-30-2019, 06:55 PM
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I don't think 8 is necessarily a "young" horse,I certainly think that if he is being used as a lesson horse he has had the right training and your instructors if they are trustworthy feel this horse is sensible enough to put a beginner on then I see no problem with it really.
I would say a young or green horse is either 3-5 yrs with limited schooling or on the other hand an older horse of any age can be green if it has not had much ridden work done with it..just depends on the context of the word green really.

If he is well behaved I see no problem in using him in lessons.
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-31-2019, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by A-Rider-Called-Carvide View Post
Ft. my scribbled over instructors face ^^
Hope it actually tags you in it haha
These are the only pictures I have, they're mostly videos of him

Thank you, he is lovely.
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