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post #11 of 27 Old 04-02-2015, 11:49 PM
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where, in general, are you? Wa state, but NE? W?
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post #12 of 27 Old 04-03-2015, 09:18 AM
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You grew up riding the way I did. Whether you know it or not, you probably did do more leg yielding and seat riding than you think you did. Ever get to the point where you felt like all you had to do was THINK left and the horse turned? Yeah? That was weight and seat pressure.

I think any solid trail horse/cow horse would be fine, providing they aren't too hot from rodeo.
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post #13 of 27 Old 04-03-2015, 09:40 AM
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I agree with skiafox. A few lessons for you so that you can cope with the leather between your leg and the horse and understand what your asking would be invaluable. Riding in the mountains too many times I have found my horse needs their head and neck to balance and leg pressure tells them what I want without any interference. Having one that has trail experience would be what I'd look for as you ideally want a horse that can "read" terrain and react accordingly without fuss. A horse that has play day experience wouldn't be one I'd shy away from. One with major show experience could be a boon or a bust depending on its personality and why it is for sale. You'have to take those as they come and test drive them. If the price wa right I think worrying about response is overkill. They would adjust to you and your needs on the trail. Reminds me of riding a friend's world champion roping horse. He saw cows in every bush. Once he settled though you couldn't ask for a better trail horse. Good luck with your search, come back with pics when you find your partner.
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post #14 of 27 Old 04-03-2015, 11:44 PM
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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?
I am quite curious what you mean by this? Any horse that has been correctly started and trained (and any rider/trainer whom is riding correctly) rides off leg/seat commands. Guide with the mouth, but your leg/seat should be telling the horse where to go and what to do. So, you should care about leg/seat commands.
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post #15 of 27 Old 04-04-2015, 12:41 AM
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It's not that hard to find an all around horse. Show horses will almost always specifically state that they are show horses..
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Hi, thanks all for your tips and advice! I appreciate the feed back.

beverleyy - for the answer to your question see past replies
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post #17 of 27 Old 04-08-2015, 11:40 PM
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think a horse like the gelding "Sox" listed on sale page, is type you should be looking for

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Hi, thanks all for your tips and advice! I appreciate the feed back.

beverleyy - for the answer to your question see past replies
So, I am probably reading your previous post completely wrong, but just to clarify and possibly gain some insight ...you were not trained to use leg aids? Is that correct? Were you trained to use your hands only when riding then, or???
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Beverlyy, she was never "trained" at all. No lessons. Just got on a horse and rode it. It's how I learned to keep the horse between me and the ground. Don't knock it. It's how I learned, and more than one well schooled trainers have told me I had a good seat, good hands, and a sympathetic riding style. The niceties are all I really lack.
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post #20 of 27 Old 04-10-2015, 11:58 AM
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Beverlyy, she was never "trained" at all. No lessons. Just got on a horse and rode it. It's how I learned to keep the horse between me and the ground. Don't knock it. It's how I learned, and more than one well schooled trainers have told me I had a good seat, good hands, and a sympathetic riding style. The niceties are all I really lack.
I was in zero way knocking it. Simply confused, I thought she had stated it was "the way she was trained".

I myself have not had a lesson in over 11 years. Before that I had a handful of bad trainers/bad advice. I have been hugely self-taught. My first horse (whom I have now had 12 years in July), was an ex-broodmare/green as grass/hot headed nutcase - green + green sure did = black and blue, but she taught me to ride. She taught me to stay on the horse and ride through all the awful rides and bucks and take offs. She's made me a better horse person in the saddle, and on the ground.

The only thing I AM knocking is ANY rider who uses their hands to ride (not saying this is what OP is doing, thus why I am asking for clarification from the OP, as hands should be used to guide the horse, but if you are not using leg/seat aids at all, then I am a bit confused on what you ARE using, so clarification is needed for me to better understand the situation.)
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