Excellent post!! If I had read this six years ago, I probably wouldn't be anywhere near where I am now though. I bought a yearling quarter horse when I was 12. I spent a year with her just playing on groundwork (I was fairly competent in this from helping a local trainer), then sent her to a professional trainer at two years old. Looking back now it shouldn't have ended nearly as well as it did. I was lucky enough to pick out the laziest/gentlest yearling on the planet who took great care of me. Now her being 7 year old, she has managed to introduce over 20 beginners to riding taking as excellent care of them as she did with me. Realizing how well it went, and the confidence she gave me, gave me the inspiration to apply to the college of my dreams to learn how to professionally train horses. But still I am extremely lucky to be here thanks to how mature Breezy was as a baby.