Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
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.