I was a jumper for 9 years before I took a hiatus and went to college. A year after I graduated, I got a call from a woman who had two mares (sisters) I had worked with the summer before I went school. She asked me if I would buy them, 4 and 5 yrs old, untrained lawn ornaments - and I did, despite not having ridden in years. These past couple of months have been absolutely amazing, expensive, time-consuming, and not to mention frustrating! Training is like a whole other discipline, and it has made me truly understand what it is to not only love, but to understand horses. You will never have a problem with a mare if you are always authentic. In my experience, Frida has made me work for her respect, and can tell immediately if I am faking it. They are just as complex as women, but I love the spunk and challeges she presents to me every day! I don't know, maybe its because she is such a great horse and the first one I've trained, but I've always felt like she was the one giving the most important lessons! My trainer always laughs and says, you couldn't have asked for a better horse, she's like a mirror! Good luck!