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post #1 of 6 Old 12-10-2014, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Is a 9 yr old thoroughbred suitable for a beginner

long story short im 25 i had my first horse at the age of 7 till i was 15 he was a mountain welsh pony, out of the 200 times i rode him 150 of those times i was either bucked off or he would bolt under low branched trees where i was knocked off very few times he was well behaved, before i owned him my grandmother bought him for my aunty she had him for about 5 years but he was rarely ridden so i guess when i got him he was very green so my mother gave him to the lady whos property i was agisting him at as she was willing to give him what he needed, my experience with him completley shattered my confidence and made me think every single horse would do exactly what he did buck and bolt so i stopped riding horses, this year after years of watching people with there horses wishing i had the confidence to get back in the saddle i started to lease a 17 year old stb ive had him for 3 months ive only ridden him 5 times because we had a fall where he came down on his front legs and hurt his back and hind fetlock so hes been out of work, but he has been displaying dangerous behavior first biting me now turning his bum and kicking at me so now i have sent him back to his owner he also has had very minimal riding in the past 2 years so he also is green, i have found a horse for sale he is a 9 yr old tb gelding the lady said he starts of jiggy then cools down and is fine i have no idea what that means but i can go and see him and have him on trial to see if i want to buy him so now my question is after all that ive explained about being nervous because of the bolt,buck etc do you think a 9 yr old tb is suitable for me?
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I'm no expert, but I think you would do better to take some lessons for a while to get your confidence up. I'm sure there are beginner safe 9 yo thoroughbreds out there, but if you already have confidence issues I wouldnt be getting a jiggy one. Especially if you are a beginner. He might cool down quickly with his current owner, but that could be because she is more experienced and knows HOW to ride him so he cools down.

I would stick with lessons, and if you really feel the urge to buy a horse right now, I'd look for a dead broke, level headed (ex-) lesson horse, that will allow you to make mistakes without reacting in a way that will lower you confidence even more.
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Glad you sent the other horse back, I also commented on your other post. Since it sounds like you may have confidence problems, and really are a green rider I suggest you keep looking.

Regardless of the horses ages a jiggy horse is not what you need. You need a been there done that type horse that has lots and lots of miles under him and will take care of you, and allow you to build your confidence. It would be better to have a horse you have to speed up then get one you have to slow down.

Age is not as important as temperament and personality, however stay away from younger horses they are typically not old enough to have had hundreds of miles put on them. Middle aged horses that have been used for trails, or working cattle for example will be better suited for you.

Are you taking lessons? If not I suggest you find a good lesson program where you will learn how to ride correctly and build your skills.

Whatever you do get someone with experience to help you shop and get a PPE done before you buy. You don't want to buy someone else's problem.

Good luck to you.
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I would agree take lessons! I have seen time and time again where people buy and have no idea what they are getting into. I would recruit help in your search find a trainer willing to help you look and test your horse for you. Also depending on budget you might ask the owner for a trial period before purchasing. I would also second the Pre purchase evaluation (ppe). :) good luck
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-10-2014, 10:57 AM
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I echo what's been said about taking lessons. Learn how to handle a horse before you buy one. And don't skimp on the price. Those "been there, done that" older geldings are worth their weight in GOLD. You get what you pay for.

As an aside, could you try putting in some punctuation? It's a bit difficult for me to get through your post.

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Is a 9 yr old thoroughbred suitable for a beginner
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i have found a horse for sale he is a 9 yr old tb gelding the lady said he starts of jiggy then cools down and is fine i have no idea what that means but i can go and see him and have him on trial to see if i want to buy him so now my question is after all that ive explained about being nervous because of the bolt,buck etc do you think a 9 yr old tb is suitable for me?
i would definitely wait
get some lessons under your belt with a good trainer
once the trainer is familiar with your level, the trainer can help evaluate a horse for purchase

from experience, i can tell you that the more lessons you get under your belt before buying, the more capable you will be to pick out a great horse that fits your personality and riding ability

it's the difference between making a friend that turns out to be a psycho, and spending time with someone who has the ability to become your BEST friend
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