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post #1 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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recipe for disaster?

green and green equals black and blue right?

Well, this someone has been riding a year and a bit now, so still a novice in riding sense yet her parents have been offered some horses.
The plan isnt to buy all the horses, but to get one and keep it there. However, the only information said someones parents have gotten is they haven't been ridden in a while.
Now this is just very early stages and this someone hasnt even viewed the horses yet, yet alone ridden them. And of course when viewing this someone will also bring a respected trainer to ride them as well.
From what said parents have gathered it might also be a lease type, where this girl gets to ride/feed/muck out etc... but all expenses paid for as the owners have a large herd.

Now, do you think this is a recipe for disaster? Or it might have a smidge of chance working out for this girl?

(this said girl may or may not me me)
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 07:59 PM
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It could be and it could not be.

There are horses that if you don't ride for a year and then ride, will still be the angels they were. Others can be the opposite.

When this someone goes to see the horses, have the trainer ride first. Just incase the horse decides to pull a stunt and he does it with someone experienced. Also, the trainer can see what the horse is like and whether its safe for this someone to get on.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 09:19 PM
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I'd go for it. Even knowing it may not work out. I'd still try.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 11:44 PM
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Bought a mare once that had 30 days put on her as a 2 year old then turned into a broodmare. She was 6 when I bought her as a 3 in 1 deal so that meant waiting another year and a half before I could really test her out. When the time came I saddled her up, got on and off she walked (I did no retraining to prepare her for this). She didn't know how to neck rein but with only 30 days she probably didn't have that down pat to begin with. Not very many more rides after that and she became my horse that I let kids and beginners ride. 14 years later and she's never given me a reason to regret taking that chance.

You never know when you'll find a diamond in the rough and it never hurts to look.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-22-2014, 11:44 PM
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I tend to agree. it's worth the risk, if you know , going into it, that success is no guarantee.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-23-2014, 02:44 AM
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I got my mare with six rides on her.
I had taken 4 years of dressage lessons but took a break for two years, then took six months more of lessons, then bought a green horse...

Very. Bad. Idea.

The first six months I was bruised, beaten, and scraped. Then it started working out. With enough determination (or stubbornness and stupidity in my case), things can work out.
That doesn't mean I wasn't miserable the first six months, but I don't regret buying my mare.

As long as they know how to take care of the horse, and handle it safely, riding experience doesn't matter so much as both of their's safety.
Hopefully she'll get a more experienced horse. I think I would have enjoyed riding a lot more if I had.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-23-2014, 06:37 AM
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You have gotten a lot of good advice from people who have been there and done that. I too, at one time, was a young woman who could and would ride anything that was a horse. I had the patience, the know how and wanted to learn, each horse I rode taught me something I use today and I am better for it.

However....that being said...the flip side of the coin is that for each good horse you ride, there are going to be those who are going to give you a run for your money. When were young, we don't worry a lot about what we break, how often we eat dirt, or the battler scars so to speak. But now, in my late 40's, my knees give me issues, my back is mucked up, hips creak and you would think that I am hinged together with baling twine and duct tape sometimes. Arthritis has set in and believe me, that is no picnic when you are out in the cold working animals and/or riding.

Just know, with every good thing there comes some bad so be careful.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-28-2014, 12:56 PM
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green and green equals black and blue right?

Well, this someone has been riding a year and a bit now, so still a novice in riding sense yet her parents have been offered some horses.
The plan isnt to buy all the horses, but to get one and keep it there. However, the only information said someones parents have gotten is they haven't been ridden in a while.
Now this is just very early stages and this someone hasnt even viewed the horses yet, yet alone ridden them. And of course when viewing this someone will also bring a respected trainer to ride them as well.
From what said parents have gathered it might also be a lease type, where this girl gets to ride/feed/muck out etc... but all expenses paid for as the owners have a large herd.

Now, do you think this is a recipe for disaster? Or it might have a smidge of chance working out for this girl?

(this said girl may or may not me me)
Do your homework. Yes, bring a trainer and get his/her opinion. Watch said horse with owner, and be sure they tack up, brush, handle, pick up feet...all the things you will want to be able to do with this horse. Since there are several to choose from, do this with all of the likely prospects. Lunge them, do ground work, don't necessarily ride first time out. Let the trainer be your guide. (He/she may not want to ride first time out, either.)If I understand correctly this would be an on farm lease? If so demand to spend a few weeks doing horsey things with this horse before committing to anything. If it is a lease at your place, then demand a 3 week trial period for the same reason. There are many reasons why a horse may not have been ridden. Regardless, horses tend to get lazy and used to doing nothing, so a beginner having to put the time, knowledge and energy into this training may be more than you can handle alone. If you will have someone able to work the horse with you for the trial period, you will be in a better position to decide if this is a good move for you both. Good luck!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-29-2014, 10:17 PM
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I was fifteen when my parents surprised me with a yearling filly. I had quige a bit of horse experience but knew nothing about training a baby. I did alright. Never got hurt, but boy did I teach that horse some bad things, inadvertantly!

Had the horse boarded at the stable of her breeder but I was still pretty much on my own. If you have a trainer available to work with it absolutely could work if you also follow the advice given about careful consideration before bringing home.
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