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post #1 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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Can a horse be too easy?

I posted recently about the possibility of buying my lesson horse.

Now from all I have read green and green tends to end up being black and blue. My lesson horse is a reliable 15-year-old gelding. He used to showjump and still loves fences. He doesn't spook on the street. When he has not been worked a lot he still has plenty of energy. I can handle him well on ground. No cheekiness. He is not the fastest horse I have ridden - his canter is soft and wave-like.

So all great. But is there something like a horse that is too easy for the rider? I have been riding a bit under a year so I am no professional. Will I grow out of someone so perfect as him soon and start wishing I should have chosen one of the more challenging horses I have ridden?
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 04:11 AM
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Yes there are too easy or boring horses. But generally for experienced riders.

I don't think this horse is that though. When he stops being a lesson horse you're both going to change and develop.
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post #3 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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I guess one of the key factors is also that I can handle him ALONE. That is I can saddle him, lead him to wherever I am riding, and ride him without my instructor being around. There is also a five year old I really like, but whilst he is sometimes more exciting to ride, I think he would try me without my instructor being there.
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He sounds like an ideal horse to gain skill on. I would recommend that you get him. As you ride him more out of a ring and out of lessons, you will have to gain more skill as he will not be on 'auto-pilot'. I He will start challenging you some as you get him out of is comfort zone. He will gradually teach you more than he does in the lesson ring.

As you gain more skill, you can begin to ride other horses that are available. When you can help someone that is having trouble with their lesson horse, you will start getting a better idea of how to get a horse to go north that really, really wants to go south.

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post #5 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 07:58 AM
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If you buy this good horse he will not be a lesson horse anymore but owned by a private person with one rider.
A horse in this situation can change as he may not be getting the same amount of work and could be a lot fresher when you ride him.
This is a good opportunity for you to develop more skills as his only rider. You will probably continue to take lessons and perhaps be able to do some trail riding and this will be different for him and much more exciting so it's a good thing to have a steady reliable horse for you to start on.
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post #6 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 08:13 AM
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If you have only been riding less than a year you will not need a more challenging horse. Ride this one a few years and then consider one that is more challenging once you have more experience. Even the best of horses will make mistakes and provide you some opportunity for learning. This one sounds like a decent horse for your experience level.
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post #7 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 08:48 AM
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To me, just like riders, no horse is good at everything. There is always room for improvement or something new to learn! A friend of mine took her 20 year old gelding and began teaching him dressage. He won a national title in into (or training level) dressage this year! Oh, and she has had him since he was 3!!

Personally, I think you should get him! He's probably a wonderful and forgiving teacher and will hold resale value.
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post #8 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 11:19 AM
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Send him my way! I would sell my mother for a horse like that at the moment. Well, maybe not sell her, but rent her out as a professional nagger or something...

Even if he stays the same as a private horse and you do get bored, a horse like that would be spoiled for choice of good homes to sell him onto.
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 06:53 PM
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He not only sounds like a perfect horse for someone riding only a year, but also one that you can enjoy and learn from for several years. A good lesson horse does not change in personality but can become more "fine tuned" from being ridden by one rider instead of many. I have ridden many green and problem horses in the past fifty years (and still do) but I think I would enjoy riding this horse and wouldn't find him boring.
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I think it really depends on the horse/rider combo. I think that he does sound like the right horse for you though, you've been riding a year and IMHO are still a beginner, and he sounds like he is a good lesson horse but still enough life for the two of you to advance together. However, if you were beginner/intermediate looking at a 25-30 y/o that does W/T only, no I don't think that would be a good match - not to say the horse would be "too easy" but I do think you'd advance beyond that particular horse quite quickly.

I believe there are some horses that are just that - lesson horses, the W/T (maybe some canter) plod along beginner type horses and that is their only gear, there is nothing left to fine tune and they are best being a lead line or plod along horse. Then there are the lesson horses that are good for the riders who have got their basics down, still plod along when the time is right, but also able to keep up with a rider that is heading toward "intermediate stage". On top of that, you then have the horses that would be for advanced riders only, and likely not suited to a lesson program as they are simply not versatile enough to be considered for such a job.

My younger mare (I keep saying 'younger' as if she is still a baby, it is bittersweet to me but she is nearing 10 now) is the latter of the two. She will plod along all day and babysit her beginners, or can stick an intermediate on her and she will be "point and shoot" for them, but she also is the type of horse suitable for a professional to go show at the A shows for a week. I always say that she will be my kids first horse once her show career is done, even though she is nearly 17.3h haha.

So really does depend on the horse, as well as riders current experience/future goals. I think this particular horse sounds like a good choice for you.
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