what are your opinions on getting a yearling as a first horse? I know i cant ride until fully developed but i really want to experience raising a horse from a baby.
I will agree with everyone else that for your FIRST horse, it is not a good idea to get a yearling.
In the beginning, you want to build your confidence and build your horse's confidence. Therefore you need to select a horse appropriately.
You wouldn't give a teenager a maserati
for their very first car, would you? No! Usually, the best idea is a safe mid-sized car or a 1/2 ton truck. You would give them something realistic to the fact that they are a brand new driver.
Typically, for your first horse, you want one that has "been there done that". While each horse can have their own characteristics, as a general rule, I would get one that is over 10 years old. Set yourself up for success
with a horse that is already trained that you can learn the ropes with. Down the road, if you'd like to try your hand on a young horse, then at least you have some experience to fall back on (and an older "buddy" to be an example to the younger horse).
You've got your whole life to raise a horse from the ground up. Why the rush?