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post #1 of 9 Old 07-30-2015, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a horse that hasn't been ridden in a year

Hey guys! I just wanted some opinions on how to handle a horse I am looking at for my boyfriend. He's a four year old gaited gelding that a family friend had foaled on her property. He did a month of ground work when he was 1 and then had two seperate 60 day training sessions between the age of 2 and 3. Basically, a lot of money went into this horse. The owner has a very bad health problem and hasn't been able to ride for a year so shes willing to sell him to us for an extremely reasonable price knowing he's going to a great home. I've been on him a couple times in the last week and he's still retained a lot of his training but he seems real anxious in the arena and dances around/rears a little when I get him on a certain side of the arena. He also doesn't seem to like to turn to the left. I'm wondering if you guys have any pointers on tuning up a young horse who hasn't been riden in a while. I'm mostly concerned about the small rears he does. I'm going to stick to ground work for a couple days if that's a good idea? Any advice would be awesome.
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He's essentially had 4 months of training spaced apart. I would consider him not even green broke so I would do training A-Z, basically start over.
He may not be a BF horse unless your BF is a trainer.
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He was trained for 60 days and then sent back for 60 extra days after a month. So it wasn't very spaced. And her and her husband (who isn't a horse person) rode him for the remainder of the year (also at several overnight horse camps.) But once her illness got too much she let him sit. Both me and my bf have riden him this week and he is still very much broke, just has some kinks that he needs worked on. He has perfect ground manners, and stands perfectly when being mounted and while on him. He just seems anxious being away from the herd. Jigs around but nothing that can't be handled. Just wondering how to help him with anxiety and lateral bending.
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i would say don't buy this horse for your bf, especially if your bf isn't an experienced rider. you don't need a jigging half rearing horse underneath somebody that doesn't know how to effectively deal with a jigging half rearing horse.

you want something older, better trained, and more 'been there, done that'.

i would not put anyone but a good experienced rider on the horse you described. he needs work and a whole lot of refresher training, possibly complete training re-start as natisha said.
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I would not buy such a horse for a recreational rider.

Unless I really wanted the horse for myself and I was using the boyfriend as an excuse or to get the man to pay for it (which I would never do). Or, I like the horse better than the guy, in which case, I'd pay for the horse myself so I could work with it.
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He sounds hot. Whether that's just his demeanor or if he's overfed and underworked (which I suspect is the case), a hot horse is not a horse you want for an inexperienced rider. Especially not if he's herd-bound and rearing (even little rears are rears).

I'd be curious why they felt the need to send him for an additional 60 days of training so soon after getting him back from 60 days of training. Either the first trainer didn't do a very good job or he's got some big holes in his training somewhere.

My gelding is green (as green as the horse you're considering...which whether or not you want to admit it, he's green as grass) and even though he is even-tempered and not herd-bound, I wouldn't put inexperienced riders on him. He's never once jigged, acted really spooky or even thought about rearing, and I still wouldn't put inexperienced riders on him.

Find a horse that's better-suited to your boyfriend, that you won't have to train or worry about holes and issues arising, and let him enjoy horseback riding before you throw a training project at him. Making him train a horse with the bad habits this one has will just make him resent riding.
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I agree with what has been said. Most 4 year olds, unless they've been consistently ridden with a well thought out training plan (not necessarily by a trainer, but by an experienced rider who has put considerable thought and effort into it) are still going to be quite green. There are the few 4 year olds that are of the 'born broke' temperament and would be potentially suitable for inexperienced riders, but they are few and far between, and this horse does not sound like one of them. On top of that he's been sitting for a year. I'd pass if you truly want something suitable for your BF.
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What level of experience does your boyfriend have with horses and riding...?

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I also agree as to what has been said
This horse needs some regular good riding by some experienced horse person, going right back to basics
It takes time, exposure and knowing how to ride with 'feel', to make ahorse 'solid', so that good habits are in grained
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