I've been hanging out at a rescue and am particularly interested in a cute little arab gelding who spent most of his formative years (perhaps 10 or more years) in a field by himself (not even another horse for company ). As you can imagine, he has terrible ground manners and has never been broke. The vet says he is 12-15 years old according to his teeth. Despite all of this, I really like the little rascal as he has a lot of personality and is truly gorgeous!
I am wondering what all y'alls thoughts are on breaking an older horse. I broke my last mare at age 8, now she is 17 and does dressage with my mom. My mom seems to be trying to convince me to just find a younger horse, that he will probably always be a biter (he is really nippy, especially when I ask him to move) and he may be a bucker since he is so old and unbroke. My thinking is that 12-15 is really just middle aged for an arab, he has lots of years left, and arabs are smart and adaptable, so given the right person he could really make a nice riding horse.
Me: I am 30, started riding at the ripe old age of 2, rode Thoroughbreds at the track for a while in my early 20's and am a pretty confident equestrienne, though I must admit that I took a break from horses for about 5 years while in school, and have been leasing a riding horse for the last 3 months.
What do y'all think? Am I crazy for wanting to make something of this horse?