Hi everyone! Im new to the forums, so let me introduce myself! My name is Kari and I'm 24 years old. I have always had a desire to be around and eventually own horses, but I grew up in the city and finally live on a farm out in the country where it is now possible! My experience with horses is NOT as advanced as I wish it were, I have trail ridden at stables a handful of times and I am currently taking riding lessons to gain more confidence. I have been doing extensive reading and research regarding horses and their care--especially the more specialized care required of elderly horses because I think that I would like my first horse to be in it's late teens or early twenties. So, I have been looking at horses for sale and have come across a few very good possibilities. One in particular that I came across was a Missouri Fox Trotter Mare with her 2 month old filly as a package deal. This was enticing to me for a few reasons: I know that horses need at LEAST one other horse around to be happy, so this package deal would solve that. Secondly, I have been reading about Tennessee Walking Horses and Mo. Fox Trotters a lot and learned that they have extremely smooth gaits that are desirable for trail riding--which is mainly what I am interested in doing. SO, I guess my questions is, would this be a good choice for a first horse? To get a Mare with a 2 month old filly at her side? Do mares act differently/less desirably when they have babies with them? Also, they say that she is very well broke to ride and she is 19 years old, but is it probable that she was not ridden for the year that she was pregnant and would need refreshing making her a not so desirable beginner's horse? Thanks for any questions anyone can answer, and Im excited to read and learn a LOT from the forums!