Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
haven't read all the posts, but the ones I read were giving you some good advice; generally young horses and inexperienced riders are not a good mix. Its not an impossible mix though.
A few things can influence this.
How well you can actually ride, what I mean is how well can you stick to a horse while its turning inside out under you, even if you cant actually handle the horse that well, if you can stick good it helps. I have, years ago, know a few good bronc riders that could stick to anything but they couldn't ride that well.
Also do you have the people around you to learn from? if you do have them, right there on hand when you need them, then that's a huge help.
Then, what kind of horse do you want to have at the end of it? really good one or something that just passes, something "rideable" and maybe if you can hang on good that's OK?
And finally, how willing are you to get hurt? kicked, bitten thrown, struck, run over?
If all of that is no big deal, then you might pull it off. its how I learned, typically how most people learned back when I was a kid growing up on a cattle station in Australia. I was riding from about the time I could walk, but really started riding properly at about 7 or 8 mustering cattle for my uncle. I trained, or rather "trained" my first horse at 11 or 12 under the supervision of one of my uncle's stockmen. The horse was pretty rank, she ended up getting a busted knee and needing to be shot, but I started her. I started a few others like that too, all were pretty ordinary, but they got the job done. And I got hurt a lot, I have been thrown more times than I can remember, I have been run over and smashed up pretty bad, I was smashed off by a couple of trees and ended up with broken jaw, ribs and a tongue nearly bitten clean off. All of it was a result of riding, not just young horses, but some pretty rough horses.
On the other hand, when I learned how to do it the right way, things changed, I haven't been thrown in years (haven't trained many in the last few years either but the ones I have have barely even crow hopped) I learned a lot from one guy in particular, and a lot from the horses too, and it was much easier to learn from the good quiet horses that were already pretty well trained. Now horses I train are well mannered and move nicely and as quiet as a horse can generally get.
If you can do it safe, if you have really experienced people to go to right away, and if you have learned to actually ride a good going horse, so you know what one should be like, then you can probably start from scratch with a young horse. Otherwise be prepared for rough bad mannered horses, riding a rodeo most times you get on, getting thrown a lot, and getting thrown's not so bad, its the landing that hurts. I can assure you now that as I get closer to 40 the injuries I got when I was a kid, and in my 20s are coming back to haunt me now, when I have kids, Ill be making sure they do it the right way first and not go through the same.