I am looking to buy my first horse at 40 years old and I am working with a trainer where I will be also boarding the horse. After looking at several different types I am settled on a draft preferably Belgian, Percheron or Clyde but not in that order. Looking to do primarily trail riding and driving. No intention of showing, hunting, jumping or any of that stuff.
My trainer is trying to steer me away from buying a young 2-3 year old untrained horse. The trainers reason is possible cause of injury to me. I am 5'7 200 lbs so by no means small and I am athletic even at that build. My trainer would prefer I get a horse already trained who would only need a little work if any.
I would prefer a younger horse as one I would like to have a greater hand in training the horse. My other thought on a younger one, is I would have some time to learn how to just take care of the horse and learn some ground work. Then in a few months or a year when the horse is ready to be trained in riding and driving I can concentrate on that as I will already have an good start on the basics of care.
What I am looking for here is a different opinion from someone other than my trainer. My trainer was my first contact and while I do trust her. I have also learned as in other things in life to trust, but verify. Thanks in advance for your help.