Originally Posted by HorseinJ
Well you said it your yourself never count out an older horse. Like it's an underdog, not all horses are the same and many of the older ones has lots of wear on them. Vet bills and all. Start out with a young horse and maybe teach the horse yourself for a first timer that's how you get good IMO. Not pay someone to teach you, that is blowing money when you can use it to spend on feed.
Sounds like the voice of inexperiance to me. Putting two "greenies" together is the best way to get someone hurt or worse. My first horse was purchased by me a completely green person with non horse parents who figured she knew everything about horses since she had read lots of books and watched videos. So after the first year of nearly starving my horse, near disasters with my horse or myself getting hurt (to this day I don't know how we didn't kill each other), and "saving money" by not getting a trainer... I got lucky. The experianced horse person down the road told me off, told me to feed my horse, and to figure out how to ride before someone got hurt. Hard on a 12yr old, but I took her advice and spent hours at her barn learning how to care for horses. Her 29yr old morgan gelding showed me the proper way to ride and I loved him for it. My horse loved him too as I became better at riding her also.
Sorry, but its only in the movies that the untrainable horse and the completely unknowledgable rider magically bond and ride off into the sunset.... the reality is that the horse becomes "uncontrollable" is sold off and becomes someone elses headache or ends up in the kill pen and the unknowledgeble rider either goes out to find a new horse to ruin or gives up horses altogether.
Stepping down from my soapbox now.
I'm not trying to rant at you HorseinJ. I'm sure it does seem ideal but I've seen too many accidents and sob stories from thinking such as this. I don't want to see you added to the list.