Originally Posted by Tate1
Can a 3 year old gelding be a good first horse? I have read where there is no such thing as a 3 year old dead broke horse. But I have seen him in person and rode him, my kids have rode him and he seems great. We have been told that it has to do with his pedigree is why he is so laid back. We got to meet another horse today from the same pedigree and he was just as laid back.
Well, I know from experience that a horse that young CAN be calm enough for children. I had one. It was nearly 50 years ago but when he was less than 3 years old, the first day I ever met him, I rode him around a fairly good sized pen with no halter/bridle/saddle/pad.... He was totally calm and always in control. And he was that way for the whole time I owned him. He could turn it on if I *asked* him to though: we did well in poles and barrels...
I would say that horses like him who are that young are pretty rare. Plus, I'm just not sure how you would ever be able to know, up front, that you had found one. The probability of finding an extremely calm, predictable horse suitable for very inexperienced and/or young riders is much greater in an older horse. Also, there's the level of training. An older horse would probably have more experience and would be more likely to have had more training. Those are both good things when young/inexperienced riders are involved.
The 3 year old that y'all have ridden could be just fine, but the probability is lower than it would be with an older horse. When I was young I had one of each: a less-than-3-year-old who kept me nervous whenever I was riding her and another one who I could have taken a nap on.
Unfortunately there is just no way to eliminate all of the unknowns!