I will be purchasing my first horse in a few months. I have been riding for 12 years and I've had many full leasing opportunities. Age is something I have thought a lot about lately. I don't want a green horse because there is not a whole lot of long term coaching available in my area. I've found a horse who has a lot of training and I could learn a lot from and he is in great shape, no health problems (my coach knows long time history of the horse). However, he just turned 17 years old. What is your view on whether or not this is too old? Will his age limit my riding?
I want the horse mostly for pleasure riding, hacking, some light jumping, under 3ft and basic dressage tests, maybe go in one or two shows per year for fun. He is an appendix QH.