Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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It depends both on your own confidence level, and what this horse is actually doing, far as testing you.
Also, sometimes a highly trained horse is not suitable for a beginning rider. For instance, my son's girl friend had ridden when she was younger, but then had a stretch of not riding. She started trail riding with my son, riding a horse that he had used in working cowhorse. The horse was very sensitive to leg aids, and she would find herself doing sudden un expected roll backs, that she had not cued for
Some beginning riders, need a horse that is what some of us would call, a 'bit dull'
When I was young, I rode anything, no instructor, including a spoiled stallion. I also trained at that time, a very green two year old, that had been cowboyed, again with no knowledge, just determination and a love of horses. That horse bucked me off several times in that process, but I also rode him in the Calgary Stampede Parade eventually. So, can it be done? Certainly, but only you can decide on your comfort level
Most horses will only work to the level of the rider. Some of those horses just put out the minimum of effort, with a 'make me attitude', while others become disrespectful, running through aids they perfectly understand. Thus,w e have horses that always rode out by themselves, and they suddenly learn to balk.
Thus, try the training scenario where a trainer rides your horse, and you at the same time, have lessons on your horse with that trainer.
If you find that the horse is still 'too much horse for you', then there is a time to sell, or divorce your horse. Horse ownership does not imply, 'until death us do part' Just like in a bad marriage, both parties can find mates more suitable, and you can find a horse that better suits you, and your horse, someone that enjoys his level of training
While there are many examples of fairly green horse people that successfully gained agreat partnership on a horse that came with some 'baggage', there are also plenty examples of people that were turned off of horses completely, by being 'over horsed'