Originally Posted by Corporal
Honey, you ARE a beginner. I'm 56yo, an owner/trainer for 29 years and I have spent 26 as an American Civil War Reenactor--rough riding--as well as many trail riding vacations and loads of experiences. You may be a good rider with a decent seat, but you have NO IDEA what will scare a horse with only 9 months of training and this horse will throw you in a heartbeat if frightened. You only see arena work in the ad. It takes thousands of hours under saddle and many experiences to make a safe horse. "Novice" DOES mean a training level, not an inexperienced rider.
PLEASE keep looking. You need a been there/down that horse that will take care of you and forgive you when you make mistakes, so you can become a really good rider.
I acutually disagree partly. A green broke horse probably isn't right for the OP but the part about the dead broke horse I disagree on.
My first horse Ty is the most forgiving, gentle, bombproof horse ever. Great because I had no confidence in myself when I started. I was considered an advanced rider. I could walk/trot/lope gallop bareback and with a saddle. I had great position. My hands are nice and soft. I endurance race, barrel raced, and had hundreds of miles on the trail with him. But Ty is too perfect. I never had him buck. I had tiny little spooks but nothing at all bad. He is just an angel.
Then one day I rode a friends slightly more spooky QH. He got a bit pissy and gave me one little buck. I almost fell off because Ty had never offered one before. I had no idea how to handle it.
I ended up buying an Advanced horse named Harley who was spooky and a bit high strung and OMG the learning curve. I cried so much because my whole world was shaken. I thought I was a great rider but Ty had given me a huge sense of confidence that I didn't deserve. Ty is the best horse I have ever owned and is still my rock.
I've talked with some other people and they say the same things. A beginner should have a gentle forgiving horse but not a perfect one.