I understand we're behind due to no handling but I as far as breaking I know plenty of people who refuse to break their horses until 3 or 4 years old so what difference is a 5 year old?
Do any of you have any experience starting older horses from scratch?
I looked at about 20 mares at this guys house before choosing her. I chose this guys place over others since you can walk into his pasture and any of his mares will follow you anywhere you go, let you rub them down anywhere, play with ears, check their teeth, and mess with their newborn babies even though the mares have no training. This mare I got was a little shy when I first got to her but after a half hour in the pasture she was beside me rubbing on my back and acting like I've always known her :)