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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by NYboy, Nov 14, 2010.
In simple terms, what is green broke? Thanks
It means a horse has had the beginnings of being broke to ride, but still needs a lot of work.
It is a horse term meaning ridden but with no training. It has just been broken in but doesn't know anything yet except to let a rider sit on it.
In other words, experianced riders only.
It means recently/barely broke. The horse has been saddled, bridled, and rode a little bit, but hasn't been taught the various commands yet. Most are only for experienced riders.
"Green" means inexperienced -- has been started on <whatever activity> but is still low-mileage and a lot of education remains to be done. So for instance, "green hunter" divisions in a show are for horses new to showing over jumps. The term is also sometimes applied to people, in various situations.
"Green broke" is sort of the most basic condition of greenness -- newly started under saddle, and thus barely a novice at ANY sort of work.
Although realistically in higher-priced horses it usually means "reasonably well started but needs finishing and mileage", whereas in cheaper horses it usually means either "I sat on him twice, and the first time he didn't even buck me off" or "we've done a considerable bit of work with him but have run into problems we're really stuck on, so since he won't canter without bucking or keeps running back to the barn or tends to run away at unpredictable moments, we are calling him green broke in hopes that some sucker will overlook these little things as apparently being mere inexperience"
It means he may let you ride him or he may break your neck...
Under the best of circumstances green broke means has been started. Under the worst of circumstances when spoken by someone less than trustworthy it means any thing from "just started" to renegade that can hurt you and I will take no responsibility. I once bought a mare that was represented as green, she seriously tried to hurt me many times.
It means the horse has been saddled and sat on.
It kind of depends on what sort of riding the person you ask does, but basically, the horse will know the cues for picking up a walk, trot and both canter leads.
He may not be rideable on a trail or by the side of the road, at a show, or by a novice. He isn't necessarily used to most sights and sounds and may be afraid of crossing rivers, streams, roads, etc.