Believe me, I have gone through the "age" debate with myself and others. For me, this older horse will suit me well as he is a sound, healthy, been there and done that horse and I hope to get plenty of good riding years with him. As an older beginner with young children, if I get to where I need more he will still be great for the kids to ride. Also, there is no guarantee even with a younger horse on how many riding years I will get, anything can happen. So I am going with the one that fits my needs and am not getting hung up on his age.