Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Central Illinois
• Horses: 0
Well, this is just my personal opinion but this may help you out.
Obviously, you want your first horse to to be a wonderful experience. And when I think about what I want when I get my first horse, difficult and challenging don't come to mind.
Horse ownership is a 24/7 job. It isn't like taking riding lessons or coming out to the barn a couple times a week to help with chores. You have to care for your horse, no matter what. To me, regardless of somebodys experience or knowledge with horses, it is a stressful and somewhat daunting task to bring home that first horse. While a more opinionated horse could be in my skill range, I would look for something that I KNOW is within my horsemanship skills. If it means I lease/buy an older trail horse versus a young ranch horse in training, then I will take her. Once I get into the lifestyle of horse ownership (about a year or 2), I may trade out or take on a second horse.
On the other hand, if you REALLY love this mare and you know you can handle her, take her. A horse that you don't click with isn't a horse worth spending your money on. Horse ownership is about the joy of horses, not the frustration of disagreeable mounts.
Hope this helps and good luck with your first horse!