We bought dd's mare three years ago - she is now 26, best purchase ever. She has taught dd everything she knows - how to have soft hands, a quiet seat and good legs. She carried dd around the show ring and won a few dozen rosettes and a championship in the 3/4 shows we did over the space of 2 years. she is exactly what dd, a nervous rider, needed - age, experience and the ability to give her confidence and lifelong memories. The best 300 I ever spent and to be honest, I can't thank the pony enough for what she has done for our family.... Yet it's amazing how many people scoffed at the idea of a 20something being sold and how many people told us we were doing it wrong.
Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.