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post #1 of 8 Old 01-17-2016, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Leasing a trotting horse

I have an offer to share livery for a 7 year old trotting horse who is not used to riding. I'm only a beginner rider just starting to jump.

I know the saying new rider, old (experienced) horse, and wonder is it worthwhile to go in for this? I want to learn to train using natural horsemanship.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-17-2016, 10:02 AM
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I'm not sure what you mean by 7 yr old "trotting" horse? You say he's not used to riding? If you are a beginner, and he is really green, this may not be a good idea.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-17-2016, 10:16 AM
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If his time was spent racing as a trotter this is not a good choice for a less experienced rider. Their response to the bit is different from what you'd expect, basically the opposite and their responses are ingrained. Most need a lot of work to reprogram them and develop new muscles to support a saddle. On the track they are forced into a high head carriage which results in a hollow back. Not good for saddle work and especially jumping. Ridden correctly, this is about a two year process if ridden almost daily.



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post #4 of 8 Old 01-17-2016, 11:28 AM
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Personally I'd say hes not the right horse for u especialy if he's not been ridden. Your better off to get a horse that is suitable for a novice that can do a bit of everything.then at least u can work at ur own pace rather than getting a horse that could be quite lively etc plus u don't know how this horse will take to being ridden! Im sure if u keep looking the right horse will come up for u :)
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-17-2016, 11:45 AM
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In addition to what has been said already, I would like to add that you mention a 'partial lease'. If that means someone else is using him, then all of your issues may well be compounded. If you are a determined individual, even though you feel you are green, you could well have success if you are the only one working with the horse -- if someone else is working with this horse as well then your work may be undermined and you would have taken on a project too far.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-20-2016, 06:56 AM
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I know I'm a bit late, but when I was coming back into riding after a break I started with a lease on an ex-racing trotter and I absolutely loved her. I wasn't the first person to ride her, but she was fairly green. Honestly though, I had a bit of luck and good training along the way.

I'll tell you what - She sure was good for developing my seat! I can sit ANY trot on ANY horse now haha

Nothing like trying to stay on trotting at 35mph..
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-20-2016, 09:13 PM
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I wouldn't pay to train someone else's horse.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-20-2016, 09:52 PM
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Not only is it a very bad idea (Someone should at least get him going well first, and that is the bare minimum) but the things you want to do (training) he has already had.

Most transition well and I'm not faulting the horse but not the right horse for you at this time.
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