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post #1 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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My horse might be too much for me

I bought a green broke 4 year old (my first horse) he's got a good head and he's honest, but he just spooks at EVERYTHING. If I'm in the arena and someone drives by on a quad he bolts, if someone else is in the arena and starts to canter he bolts, etc. the horse is just afraid of his own shadow, I've only taken him into the pasture once and he bolted twice in about an hour and a half, and this was with a half hour warm up in the round pen.

I haven't been riding long, only consistently for about four months, I work on a ranch and I guess I got spoiled with there well bred and trained horses, and just wasn't expecting this. Usually when he bolts I just pull one rein so his head touches my knee.

The place I bought him from says I can trade him, but I feel kind of guilty. I'm scarred to ride him, he destroyed my confidence because I'm not in control, he is. I kind of feel like a pansy cause I'm a 22 yr old male, but am scared to ride him. I love him on the ground, but that's about it, I never know what he's going to do.

I feel like I'm very out horsed and can't really get help without spending a lot of money.. Should I just trade for something more broke?
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 05:49 PM
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I'd say, yes, trade for a very broke, very solid horse. As you've wisely discovered, a green broke horse and an inexperienced rider is not the best combination. Good for you for realizing you probably are overhorsed.

However, if you have the time, patience, and $$$ for lessons, that is the only way I'd reccommend you keeping him. He's very young, and needs lots of experience, and training to settle down. He also needs a confident, (read:experienced) rider/handler.

Good luck,
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 06:01 PM
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Yes I would definitely trade. and remember, when buying, buy the kind of horse for at the level you are now, not where you want to be in the future.
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Pfft. I Didn't pick up a wrong lead. its a counter canter, a very precise movement
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post #4 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 06:01 PM
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"should I just trade for something more broke?"

YES! in the horse world, there is a saying that goes 'green + green = black and blue'. this means a green rider and a green horse are not a good combination.

i give you kudos for realizing you are over horsed and realizing you need to do something about it. never ever 'feel like a pansy' when it comes to dealing with animals that are so much bigger and stronger than us. knowing your limits and knowing when a situation is too much for you is SMART.
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 06:02 PM
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Stop feeling guilty and do yourself (and the horse) a favour by swapping him for something you can trust and really learn on.
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 06:03 PM
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Part of being a good horseman is knowing when to admit you are overhorsed. Trade the twitchy one.
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 09:20 PM
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your title says it all... Yes it is, because you already believe it.

controlling a horse is a fifty fifty for me, yes I have knowledge and experience to get the job done, but I also believe in myself that I can eventually figure out what the horse needs.

good luck
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 09:26 PM
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I'm in the go ahead and trade camp.

From someone with a 14 year old, still green, arabian sitting in her field, trade. I didn't have an option to trade, nor the money to invest in training. I've had her for 10 years now. I was finally able to save and get into a situation to buy another horse last year. He has given me back my confidence, because he is the polar opposite of my little grey, endearing mare. It is amazing what the right horse can do for your confidence. Absolutely amazing.

Best wishes on your choice.
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 09:37 PM
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It's a wise man who knows when he's overhorsed! For your first horse, I wouldn't look at anything under 10 years old, and I'd probably go older. It's only wise to fix mistakes when you become aware of them....and this horse was a mistake. Stick around the forum, you'll see others making the same mistake. LOL You can learn a lot on here.
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I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-26-2014, 10:52 PM
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You should trade in order to ENJOY being/riding/handling your horse.

Life is way to short to not enjoy your hobby!

And I tip my hat it you for realizing your current horse is to much.

Keep us posted on what you do!
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