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post #31 of 50 Old 05-23-2013, 10:54 PM
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I'd go for a made horse every day of the week. Problem is I can't afford one, so I take a gamble and take prospects who might or might not work out. And then I get to training frustrations with them.

You asked if it is satisfying showing a made horse. Yes, as you are showing at your level. Honestly it's only more satisfying if you are doing 100% of the training on a green horse - sending out to a trainer, is about as much 'cheating' as buying a made horse. All you are doing is paying the trainer to make your horse 'made'. It's kind of silly, really.

If I could afford a made horse, I'd be very happy, I'd be riding at the level I'd like to be at, and I'd be showing every weekend.

Edit to say, I think I am a reasonable rider, however I am yet to ride a made horse who didn't teach me a bunch of stuff. Experienced horses make us better riders in my opinion.
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post #32 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 07:09 AM
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I think maybe I have to wonder if I have reached the age that I should be riding boring hotses
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I know I have!
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post #33 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 08:25 AM
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I know I have!

I'm 35 and I've already reached that stage!!!
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post #34 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
I think maybe I have to wonder if I have reached the age that I should be riding boring hotses
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After my battles and trials with Looby since I bought her against all my own good advice I am definitely knowing that I would have done better to have bought - maybe not a boring horse - but at least one that was well trained for what I wanted to do.
I love her to bits and she's 300% the mare that I started out with but I'd have had more fun with a horse that knew its job and my bones are telling my all the time that I'm too old for all this!!!
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post #35 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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I'm just wondering now what a boring hotse is, and why so many of us want one, and why my spell checker is quite happy with it.
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post #36 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 09:54 AM
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post #37 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 09:56 AM
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Bear in mind I'm 18 and "fearless" here!! [ok nervous rider but it's behaviour that puts me off, not age or green-ness]

I prefer my breaker over my "finished" horse. My "finished" horse has a few... ahem... habits. I don't like them. They're desirable things for the level he WAS eventing at, but he's way too fast for the level I want to event him at. Tried training... nope... he's an arrogant old git and thinks he knows better than I do. I grant that he actually DOES, he just seems to... forget that I don't want Prelim speed. I want BN speed at best, for now. I don't want him hauling butt. We don't need to go that fast. He'll be awesome when I get the guts to jump solid fences at Prelim height... I like showjumping style fences that fall down if you knock them.

Don't get me wrong. I have a lot of fun with him. I've just had a LOT of challenges too. I think he's been more difficult than any of the greenies I've ever had...

As to my breaker, now that I've got her past the issues she had from her previous owner, I know that any problems are of my doing, or simply because she's a baby. I love that. And I love her work ethic. I have full faith in the mouth I've put on her, ESPECIALLY after today's ride when all she wanted to do was run but not ONCE did nervous little me feel unsafe or out of control. I was on bareback and we did have some pretty decent spooks and a couple of moments where had she not been listening 100% to the rein, she would have bolted. She had that feel about her. She's sensitive, reactive, and hot... but I feel safe on her. On paper she's all wrong, but in practice I don't think I've ever had a horse that was so right. Oh, I fought with her alright - when I got her she was dangerous - but now, with no more issues [just a few little things I'm working with her on that are small handling things, young TB's don't get those things worked on], I love how sensitive she is, and I love how smart she is. And I love that I'm the only person who's ever been on her back, so I know EXACTLY what she does and doesn't know. I know that any holes in her training are of my doing, and I'll be having my coach jump on for a training ride sooner or later to make sure that I'm not leaving anything important out of the foundations.

Made horses are better for the impatient, the inexperienced, or those who simply don't want to work with a green horse for whatever reason. Green horses are wonderful if you're the sort of rider who hates fixing other people's mistakes.

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post #38 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 10:48 AM
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When I was younger, I enjoyed the not so trained stubborn horses to ride. Now that I am older I invest my money in a younger horse's training. My trainer has reining horses. I like the reining horses's maneuvers but not so much their quick reponses so I have him tone it down on my horses. I have been told my horse is too easy to ride!? I don't know if that's good or bad thing? But she was worth the 9 months of training to have a safe, reliable and easy to ride mount. If you have a good trainer with reasonable prices, then invest your money into a custom trained horse.I don't compete or show, I just enjoy the ride.
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post #39 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 11:17 AM
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I would rather have a trained horse, way less work, I even feel glorious when I send my horse to a trainer for a month or two to teach him something (jumping) that I don't feel qualified for! My next horse will be a trained show horse, I am past riding green horses, I want to just ride and show in my retirement years.
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post #40 of 50 Old 05-24-2013, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
I'm just wondering now what a boring hotse is, and why so many of us want one, and why my spell checker is quite happy with it.
You mean its not a breed I haven't heard of before?
My computer insists on changing all my UK spellings into US ones - smart or what?
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