What level of training should my horse have?
Hi, I'm looking for help on what verbiage to use or look for as I look for a horse to purchase... I was put on a horse at the age of 6. I grew up riding bare back, what I call 'farm girl style'. I rode bare back or with just a bare back pad for so long that when I first started using a saddle I hated it - it made me feel disconnected from the horse. My aunt taught me how to ride but I've never had any 'paid barn lessons'. I have never ridden any 'show trained' horses. I grew up mostly riding an Appy but a little on a other horses too, in pastures, farm fields and on trails. I am now 36 and looking to buy my own horse. I want to avoid over paying for a horse that is over trained for me. I have no interest in showing. I don't care about leg commands, English, jumping or dressage. I feel comfortable and competent on a horse. What I want is a horse that is good under saddle and bridal trained, gentled, reliable, steady, sure footed... to ride trails and natural areas. I have put off owning a horse to avoid the barn life. Now that I have land and am ready to get a horse I find that horses sound either under trained (green) or over trained for show. Clearly, I don't have the lingo down. Are there certain terms I should be looking for?