Green Horses vs. the Inevitable Unknown - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 01-01-2020, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Green Horses vs. the Inevitable Unknown


I don't know if I'm looking for advice or what - maybe just to share my experience and see if anyone relates, or so it's not all just stuck in my head! So, I got very lucky this year and am finally a horse owner again! I've had many horses before (fairly experienced junior recently turned adult ammy here), however, this is my first time owning a green horse - 4y/o WB gelding, imported a few months back by my trainer. I've had him a few weeks now. I wasn't originally looking for a horse this young, but he stole my heart. He can get around small courses with ease, is extremely forgiving and honest for his age, figures things out quick, and though he's got some minor quirks, he's a blast to ride.

But I find myself more and more worried all the time about 'ruining' him. He's in full training with my trainer, of course, and my trainer is usually around to see me ride even outside of lessons, but I can't shake the feeling of something going wrong!!! Or is this just on the minds of all green horse owners?? I know I'm no top rider, so there's always the 'am I not riding well enough for him?' or 'am I accidentally teaching a bad habit and don't even know it?' fear. I find myself fussing over the tiniest things about his wellbeing. And I have been insistent on not pushing him hard since he's still growing, yet I'm still always imagining worst-case scenarios of 'what if he goes lame for some reason? what if he's in pain and we never notice the signs? '' etc, and etc.

I'm probably biased, but I think my boy has a lot of potential to be a successful guy one day IF we can help him reach that. Maybe that's the scary part, potential not being guaranteed and a million other factors that go into it!!!

Anyone else ever feel green-horse-stress like this?? Or even just share stories of your sweet baby greenies, make me feel better Happy New Year!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-12-2020, 10:00 AM
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If you are working well together and you enjoy riding him - you have a trainer that you are working with - focus on you and your goals. Unless you have plans to sell him at some level more than you can get him to and your trainer sees interference with that goal then relax and enjoy your horse.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-12-2020, 10:36 AM
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Horses don't care if they ever reach their full potential. They certainly don't care that an amateur won't get them there as fast as a pro does.

Your horse only cares that he's treated well and gets to eat enough.

Put your faith in your trainer for the training side of it. That question weighs heavy on the mind of anyone who has any business being around green horses. What if I mess up? Well, the beautiful thing about horses is that they're enormously forgiving, so you CAN undo your mistakes.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-12-2020, 10:53 AM
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I think you are wise to care about not ruining a young horse. Only thing to really worry about, is not to push a young horse too fast. That is easy to do with a willing, kind horse.

You say "going around a course" so are you jumping him? IMO a 4 yr old is too young to do high jumps. Would definitely stay at 24-30 inches and do not jump frequently for long term health.

This horse could quite possibly last you many years, so yes be careful not to overwork or over face him.

Trainers can help with this, but I have found some trainers to push too fast; only you can judge if your trainer is concerned with your goals for the horse and yourself.

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It sounds like this might be your heart horse, they are very special
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-12-2020, 11:08 AM
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If your horse is in training and you like and trust them, then don't worry too much about it.

Just keep in mind that being good to your horse and coddling/spoiling them are not the same thing.
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