Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
I have no problem with people doing what they want with their horse, and sorry my definition of 'broke' ,seemed to cause some defensive type reaction
I guess it stems from the fact that I raised horses for many years, strated them, and then sold them, and having my horses able to do both, ensured not just better salability, but also prevented a scenario , like the following example
When we stopped raising horses, I rode the broodmares again, as they had a better chance in finding homes as trail horses then broodmares. We also gelded out stallion, and sold him as a non pro horse, as I had shown him successfully as ajr horse
The person that bought him, some 8 years ago, and who became a good friend, had first almost bought another horse.
Her policy was always to try a horse three times before buying-twice in an arena and once on a trail ride. The mare she tried, rode beautiful in the arena, being a finished show horse.
Third time she took her out on aride. Rode okay away, with another horse, but the minute she was turned towards home, that horse reared and plunged forward
Needless to say, that killed the sale, as that horse, was not truly 'broke', by many people's definition.
If you just have a horse you are going to keep for life, and both of you are happy just arena riding, then that is enough 'broke' for the two of you, but that is not what most horsemen consider broke-a horse that only rides well in an arena
I happen to love both types of riding, and have enjoyed taking many different clinics, training my horses to be competitive in a number of events, but I also love trial riding
I guess that is partly due tot he fact that mountains are a short haul for us, and we can ride in areas that are still true wilderness. Riding just around busy streets, would not be something I would be keen on doing, as the reason to trail ride , for me, is for wilderness experiences
Thus, no intention to offend anyone that just feels comfortable riding in an arena, and who has no intention of ever selling that horse
My perspective comes from someone that sold horses I raised and trained, and also from the fact that I enjoy both types of activities, and sure as heck knows, my show horses remain happier also trail ridden some