I currently own a lovely Irish hunter (see avatar) who is 12 and was very experienced when I purchased him - a safe but fun first horse. However, I'm heading home from Ireland and will want to buy another horse within the year. I am leaning towards eventing so that I can keep jumping and riding XC though my dressage experience is limited to a few lessons of very basics.... VERY basics considering I don't know the layout of the letters and my horse is used 99% for hunting/XC. I have a solid seat over jumps/hedges/ditches/drops yet my technique needs polishing....a consequence of the "sit to survive" style of riding XC to which I've grown accostome.
That said, what age range should I be looking at? I worry if I go too green both me and my horse will become frustrated with each other. Him with me for giving him inconsistent cues and me with him for not responding the way I want him to...because he doesn't yet know how to.
Or...maybe it would be a brilliant, wonderful bonding experience that will bring a great sense of accomplishment over the years as we grow together.
Seriously, if I suggest to DH that we're looking at 5 figures for a horse he might not recover from the shock. But I don't think an older horse that may cost less money would be the right choice for me either.