You all have great points! The only reason I included a stallion is because when I worked at the stables, there were some trainers and owners who simply swore by them, especially in their 10-15+ age ranges. I didn't want to fully exclude them, but I was leaning more toward a mare/gelding anyhow, since it seems as though they are much more beginner friendly. I realize I probably should have explained that a little bit more. It's not that I'm uneducated, I was a little skeptical on considering them for a first horse, of course.
I diffidently don't want to exclude an entire gender because I feel like I could miss out on a really friendly horse with all the points that I need. From what I'm gathering an already well trained horse would be the best thing to look for, one that's rather calm. I like the term steady Eddie, you're right Skiafoxmorgan.
I actually have considered budgeting for a trainer actually, in fact my dad is also experienced in horses as well. Not necessarily as far as their health goes, he's not experienced in the veterinarian side of things, but as far as riding goes, he knows quite a bit! So even when the trainer is not there and if I'm not taking classes, I'd still have him when I didn't have the others. So I feel like that's a big help as well.
As far as discipline goes, I'm more drawn to the Western discipline, so I'm glad to hear that a 10+ horse would be a plus in that department!
And for further education, I don't plan on going to a college or university so that's very not likely for my future. I have taken A.P college level courses all through high school, got straight A's and am getting a honors diploma so I feel like I'm alright on that department. I mainly just plan on working on my families small little farm; we are planning on expanding so we can make more of a profit and we currently raise pigs and hogs, poultry, a small herd of cows and sheep. :)
Hopefully I'm not forgetting anything in my response, I've gotten a lot of replies and thank you for them! I'm diffidently expecting to get some surprises when working with horses, I know that working with them part time versus owning them is an entirely different thing, but hey, you have to start somewhere right? I know a family friend who is 50 something years old and has worked with and owned horses for 30 years and still says she gets surprised by them and learns new things every day! I see that as kind of a reward... :)
That being said I don't plan on buying a horse within the next month or so, more like, within the next year and maybe a little more after that. I really want to put some thought and responsibility into this and want to get all my facts straight and literally as much research and insight as I can get.