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post #11 of 31 Old 03-20-2015, 07:43 PM
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Depends on the seller's definition of green and whether or not you are working with a good trainer.

Keep in mind that there can be a lot of heartache if you buy a horse that isn't right for you.
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I would really like the experience of working with a horse from a young age and turning them into a willing, working partner.
This is a good goal, but it's something to work yourself up to. With a couple of years of casual riding you just don't have enough experience to work through the issues that will pop up with a green horse. Even the most willing animal WILL have problems, and will require a rider with a solid training background to turn them into a willing, working horse. It really isn't as easy as the stories and movies make it out to be, green and green DOES equal black and blue out there in the real world.
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Okay, thank you all for the input. I'm going to keep searching for an older horse and see where it goes.
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I agree with what has already been said- a green horse does not sound like a good match for you. A well trained schoolmaster would be the ideal horse for a green rider- not just because they have the 'been there, done that' attitude, but because it helps an inexperienced rider understand what they should expect from a well trained horse.

One of the problems that I'm discovering I have in my own riding is that I rode a a lot of lesson horses that, while they were safe and sane, were not particularly sensitive or highly trained (like a schoolmaster would be). As a result I never developed a feel for how a well trained horse should respond, and I have had a hard time progressing with my own horse because I am not 100% certain what I should be asking him to do. It's a little like the blind leading the blind when neither of us really know if an exercise is being done correctly!

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Green horse + green rider = black and blue.

In general, I would say that is true, and quite proven.

There are exceptions. I was looking for a schoolmaster for my 10-year-old twins. What I found, was a very green horse with 30 days under saddle that had the temperament I was looking for: Tolerant, forgiving, gentle, trusting, tries and tries to please. I have spent the past 3 months pushing her and testing her and training her under all kinds of conditions to see what her buttons are and where she might be dangerous. The worst thing she's ever done is swish her tail when I really pushed her.

If you find a perfect match, a green horse CAN be OK for a beginner rider, but those are definitely exceptions to the rule. Stick with a schoolmaster for safety sake. Also remember that with my green horse for the kids: I'm not a beginner. If that horse does anything out of line at all, I will be removing my child and getting on that horse and putting her through her paces in a big hurry to nip anything in the bud. If you do not have someone who can do that for you, a green horse can easily develop a bad habit that can quickly prove dangerous.
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post #16 of 31 Old 03-21-2015, 04:06 AM
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I have been riding for over 9 years. Tries a 3 y/o TB a couple weeks ago and would NOT want a baby after riding that one. He wasn't crazy or dangerous. Just too young and green, as I've gotten older and more into riding the novelty of training my own horse has gone away LOL. Now I just want something that will be fun and safe.
But 2 years ago when I bought my first horse, we were both very green.
The sellers said she was a bombproof trail horse and could be ridden in a halter and lead rope on the streets. Also said she would "make an adorable hunter mount". And that she was UTD on everything. After a $500 vet fee she was UTD on everything. And then *cringe* I bought her. After we got weight and muscle on her (she was 200 lbs underweight) she turned into a monster straight from Hell. I tried riding her in a rope halter once. I saw my life flash before my eyes and still refuse to try that again! Also, she absolutely loathes jumping and trail riding! Her forte is Dressage. Additionally, when I got her she had founder rings and a popped splint.

The sellers were actually very nice people, and I am in contact with them to this day. They honestly cared about my horse and I'm sure she was bombproof when she was 200 lbs underweight, I would be too! But my point is, trust NO one in the horse industry.

That's the best advice I have. Good luck on your horse shopping (:
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post #17 of 31 Old 03-21-2015, 10:49 AM
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She is not aggressive to humans, she is aggressive with the other horses. Sorry, should have specified.
that shouldn't have anything to do with you working her. Many hires do not like other horses especially at feeding time. So again the statement of you not getting along seems odd.
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Don't be hasty. You NEED a calm and finished horse to teach YOU about how to ride. This adult is trying to use you and get rid of a horse that he doesn't want to feed anymore.
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post #19 of 31 Old 03-22-2015, 11:26 AM
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This is one of those things that sounds really fun and satisfying but almost never ends up that way for the inexperienced horse owner. It is incredibly easy to ruin a horse for life with bad training and these poor creatures keep getting passed from one hand to another. A great number of these poor creatures end up in the kill pen through no fault of their own.

At your age, you want to have fun and you want to ride horses. It really isn't that difficult to find a good, calm horse with all the basics that will take your knowledge further.

Even the best trainers run into issues with green broke horses that take weeks or months or years to fix. This training business isn't really as much fun as it looks. Do you really want to deal with the frustration that comes when the horse just doesn't understand what you want or do you want to be able to saddle up and go have some fun? Believe me, take the fun now and save the training for later years!
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post #20 of 31 Old 03-22-2015, 12:12 PM
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A good 4-H program should help you a lot. Find a mature, well-trained horse with a good disposition. Such a horse will be a great teacher. Learn the techniques required to be a horsewoman. Listen to the advice of experienced people and never be afraid to ask questions. And never compare your progress to someone else's. We all learn at different rates.

We all wish you success...and keep us posted.
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