So, this mare is 4 years old, 8 year old rider. She has never been in a trailer. And if you feed her corn she acts like a kid rushed up on sugar he says. And she does good with her feet and she's never been on a trail just around the house. Wished there was a handbook that you could go down the line and ask crazy questions about horses before you go look. And he changed the price on her, $400 for 3 leather saddles and her. But, he likes to trade so make him an offer.
I do not think you should get a 4 year old just because an "8 year old" rides her.
The place I used to work at had this mare that could be ridden by 3 year olds.. but she was a known bucker, spooker, etc. Does not mean she is safe for kids.. only under supervision and only pony rides.
Inevst in a been there done that beginner.. which will NOT be cheap. If you are looking for a cheap horse, then maybe you should question if you can afford a horse at all.