One phrase: “Should a beginner horse person that knows all about horses (from books and the web, not experience) get her first horse that is green broke?”, pretty much sums up the issue. Nobody ‘knows all about horses from books and the web’…and someone who thinks she does is in for a world of hurt. Unskilled, inexperienced people without true horse knowledge should never, ever have green horses. The question isn’t even whether she’ll get hurt (which is highly likely), but should rather focus on what she may unknowingly do to the mare. Habits are easily created and hard to change. Green horses deserve experienced hands; green people do better with old hands.