Going with the group here. You will most likely have much more fun and learn safely from a horse who has some experience. Young ones can be really tough, as some here have stated. They may lead fine today-then tomorrow they act stupid-you react incorrectly, and it becomes a major issue. They are MUCH more impressionable, for the most part, than a horse who has been around the block a few times.
I also agree with geldings being less "complicated"....just personal preference.
I disagree that the youngsters are less $$. Yes, the initial outlay of cash may be less, but you have to consider the time you will have them until they are rideable (at least I do), which can add thousands, depending upon your board. You will also, most likely, have to pay someone to do the initial breaking for you, since it doesn't sound like you have the ability?
All of a sudden a $10 Belgian baby (the last one I was REALLY tempted on at an auction) becomes a $4000 horse easily by the time they are rideable.
I just think one with a bit more age is more of a "known" commodity. They are less apt to dramatically change over time. Youngsters are still developing, both physically and mentally.
Good luck-I love the drafties too-you might even look at Frog Pond draft horse rescue-they have some nice ones for adoption. And they will tell you exactly what you are getting. Great people. Very knowledgable on drafts.
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