Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In my own little world;)
As far as the age of the horse to do the things you want, he's ideal. That's a great age!
Now on to the other stuff. As Becca said, reading isn't the same as doing. It's great that you are planning / willing to get a trainer, but unless they are going to be with you quite a bit, there are a few things that you need to feel confident in doing without any help before considering a green horse. Are you able to control a horse's shoulders & hind quarters? Do you know how to get a horse to go in a circle when they don't want to? Are you comfortable and clear in using your seat & legs to "drive" a horse?
Stuff like that. A lot of those things are going to play a HUGE roll in what you want to do with the horse later on.
One of my lesson kids (who I love to pieces, and really is quite a good rider) just purchased a horse similar to the one you are describing, but had a little more time under saddle, before she started with me. She was having difficulty getting him to go in a nice circle, transitions needed a lot of work, stuff like that. She considered herself intermediate to advanced, and had place in shows quite well.
But when I asked her to leg yield, or use her seat and legs to get a good bend for a circle, she was completely lost. No fault of her own, she was just never taught these things. Now rather than having these skills be second nature and automatic for her, she's struggling to learn how to do them correctly on a horse that doesn't know what she's asking for.
It's easier to teach when you know the end product, and can break it down for your student rather than learning together.
If you are confident you have some of these skills and others like it down to a point you feel like they are second nature, then I think the horse would be a great match.
"Just because I don't do things your way, doesn't mean I don't have a clue"