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post #1 of 10 Old 05-26-2016, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Which Horse?

So I am hoping to get a horse sometime soon and I have found 2 horses I like.

The 1st is a green-broke 6 year old lesson horse that I ride all the time and I have a bond with. (profile pic is him❤️) He will do pretty much whatever you want him to do.

The 2nd horse is a 5 year old OTTB (been off track for a year and has had lots of training) that is good on trails and started on jumping.

I do mostly english riding and I would like to compete at dressage and h/j shows throughout the year after I have had the horse for a while and see what all they can do. What horse do you guys think I should go with if I would possibly be able to go with one?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-26-2016, 09:45 PM
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-26-2016, 09:56 PM
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Are those your only options? I'd look for something with more miles on it for a first horse. What does your trainer say?
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-27-2016, 02:38 AM
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Without seeing conformation pictures or knowing your experience it would be impossible to say which horse is most suitable for you.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-28-2016, 08:24 PM
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That greatly depends. If you have the experience, then both sound like good choices. However, you also need to take into consideration their conformation, any potential future issues (due to conformation, being at the track wear and tear, etc etc.) and in turn - will the horse be suitable for the level you plan to ride/compete at.

If you just want an all around low level horse, again provided there's nothing glaringly wrong and you've got the experience, then both could be good candidates. If you are wanting to focus on one discipline and move up the levels, then you need to consider things more heavily regarding conformation, way of going, what's their brain like, etc etc.

What does your trainer think regarding these two horses?
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-28-2016, 09:11 PM
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Honestly I would go for a been there done that horse.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-29-2016, 01:06 PM
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They both sound a little young and inexperienced, so it really comes down to your comfort, knowledge, and experience level. Get the horse that feels right for you.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-29-2016, 02:44 PM
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Wait how can a lesson horse be green broke? That horse sounds good if you already know that you have a bond. We have a 6-year-old OTTB and I'm not going to lie, he's kind of a lot for me. He's SUPER kind and gentle, but I felt in over my head with him at first. After 60 days of professional training and taking lessons on him I'm doing fine now, but I would've been in a lot of trouble w/out that support.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-31-2016, 09:48 AM
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What is your level and how much support will you have? Do the horses have confirmation suited to what you want to do? Is there a more experienced person helping with your choice? I've seen greenbroke horses used in advanced classes to get them going as lesson horses so my only question would be what level are you at for your instructor to think a greenie is suitable or is it that the personality is so laid back that a beginner with good instruction can get by?
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-31-2016, 10:18 AM
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I've unfortunatly seen barns that put their lesson kids on green horses that have no business there. I know one that buys young ponies, have the 12 yr old workers back them, then as long as it can walk trot around a ring and not kill a kid, it goes into the lesson string. It terrifies me.
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