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post #71 of 90 Old 09-21-2015, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, my daughter rode him extensively at a w/t/c and jumped him 5 times. While I want her to be able to do some small, local competitions (and I think DraftyAiresMum has expanded enough on the suitability of the horse for that, but I will add that he already has may firsts in hunter/jumper and dressage), we also want a horse that is safe (he is bombproof) and that she can learn on. My coach's comment was that she would learn a lot from him because she needs to use the right cue (ie, seat position) to get him to pay attention. He is very forgiving of mistakes, but will just ignore the wrong cue. The horse also has to be a good backyard horse, hack out easily and be a relatively easy keeper. He meets all of those criteria.

Also, I understand that even with a contract, things can go wrong, but that doesn't mean I am not doing my due diligence before we have him transported here. It just gives me additional peace of mind.

I apologize for not going into too much detail for the time being... I am very busy trying to sort out all the details of the purchase on top of working full time. I promise to provide more details when things are more settled. Even if it means taking time away from barn time!!!! :)
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My coach's comment was that she would learn a lot from him because she needs to use the right cue (ie, seat position) to get him to pay attention. He is very forgiving of mistakes, but will just ignore the wrong cue. The horse also has to be a good backyard horse, hack out easily and be a relatively easy keeper. He meets all of those criteria.
The mare that I posted the pics of is this same way. She and her full brother (who my friend also owns) are great teachers and are used extensively in lessons.

He sounds perfect. I hope you get him.

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In the UK a horse/pony and rider combination can't be considered a novice once they've won a set number of competitions/points/money etc
Is it the same in Canada?
Will this horse be able to go up a level if it is?
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In the UK a horse/pony and rider combination can't be considered a novice once they've won a set number of competitions/points/money etc
Is it the same in Canada?
Will this horse be able to go up a level if it is?
Good question jaydee, I don't know the answer since we've never competed except in a couple of fun shows, and with a different horse. Even if it what you're pointing is also the case here (which would make sense), my daughter has never competed with this horse. If she shows successfully, I'm quite certain that she can keep showing and going up in levels for years to come, but of course, not indefinitely. However, this horse is also a very lovely trail horse that would be perfectly suitable for me to take over to do some light riding so I'm not terribly concerned about it. I learned to ride on a grey arabian mare so I would be overjoyed to call this horse my own!

All I want is for my daughter to progress on a safe horse that is also good at its job and doesn't require a lot of additional training. If she exceeds his skill level (and trust me, she is a loooooong way from that), we will figure out the next step.
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Novice, in Canada under EC rules, and the provincial associations that go under EC rules, novice is based on the rider or the horse, however most novice classes are "Novice Rider", meaning hasn't won 3 firsts.
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I'm very much in favour of children and adults starting out on schoolmasters, its so much easier to learn on something that knows its job and less risk of a new rider losing confidence and quitting because they're 'over horsed'
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I'm very much in favour of children and adults starting out on schoolmasters, its so much easier to learn on something that knows its job and less risk of a new rider losing confidence and quitting because they're 'over horsed'
I wasn't familiar with the term "schoolmaster horse" until my coach used it to describe this very horse :) I'm not saying it will always be easy for her, because he is going to belligerently ignore the wrong cues, but I do think she will learn a great deal because he does respond quite well to the right cues.

On the plus side... the vet has given two thumbs up! His words exactly "He is a hardy little guy!"

We just have to finalize the purchase agreement now...
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P.S. you can see this horse here (not my daughter riding him):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7FnFP3EwQE&app=desktop

The title says large pony, but he is actually 14.3.
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I wasn't familiar with the term "schoolmaster horse" until my coach used it to describe this very horse :)

On the plus side... the vet has given two thumbs up! His words exactly "He is a hardy little guy!"
Great!! Glad he's a keeper and your daughter rode him lots

Can't wait for pics!
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He looks pretty straightforward in that video and a very pretty little horse
A pony/horse that only goes when asked correctly is better than the robotic type that takes over when it thinks it knows better than the rider
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