Originally Posted by diggerandkelsey
i am only 15 and im looking for a bigger horse, i've been looking online for awhile and have recently come across a 4yo TB gelding.
I don't have much experience with young horses. He is already broken in and in light work, but if I did buy him I would get someone out to do some natural horsemanship and further his education.
Mu aunty also has done alot of work with younger horse and would help me out, but I just don't know if its a good idea; or if people will give me hate and say I don't know what im doing or that im going to ruin the horse. I just need a bit of advice or re-directing in what to do.
Kelsey - is this an OTTB? If so, he will need some down time (if he's not had it already) in which you can spend time doing A LOT of groundwork. If you have the confidence that you can do it I think you shouldn't hold back...on the other hand, they can be very unpredictable and green, like most everyone else has said.
If you go through with it I think it is IMPERATIVE that you work with a trainer for groundwork AND when you begin training.
Only you yourself will know if this is something you can handle or not. If you are in no rush and just want to be a sponge on learning how to bring along a younger horse, then I think you should indulge in the opportunity. However, if you have doubts regarding your ability or think you lack the experience, or don't have the support system, then I don't think this is the horse for you.
I think it's worth going out to have a look - regardless of the stereotype of TBs, there are many that are as mellow as they come (I am lucky enough to have one of those!
Keep us all posted, and good luck!