but is pigrooting really beginner safe? We call it a pigroot, but I think it is the same as a crow hop. Sort of like a miniature buck, but not nearly as bad.
any horse has the potential to pigroot(crow hop where I'm from), buck, rear, bolt, refuse to go, run home, bite, kick, or any combo there of. Its what a horse will tolerate, forgive and overlook that makes it a true beginners horse or not.
Every horse has a breaking point. some, like older horses with 1000's of miles of being ridden by knowledgeable riders, with the right temperament, have a very, very high tolerance. They have no desire to test, they just arnt that sort. They have a willing disposition to begin with, very patient and kind. Pair that with the training(10+ years of it) and you have a true beginners horse. Spoil it, yank on it, have a double standard where a behaviour is ok one day and condemned the next, eventually you will get any horse misbehaving. Some are less tolerant and forgiving.
some horses do well with beginners occasionally, or under supervision. Some might behave to the level where the rider thinks a beginner could handle them, but the horse cant tolerate a beginner.
but what it really comes down to, is experience level should add up to expert. So a beginner + a 20 year old school master = good match. a green horse + a very experienced rider = a good match. Theoretically. a horse that is still young and learning, plus a green rider, is a bad idea.