I bought a 5 year quarter horse mare at an auction. Her history is vague but it appears there are no major faults (and is she is beautiful) and she is sound. She is presently being trained three days a week. I believe in the trainer. I am at every training session-I even pay extra because I ask so many questions. On non training days I lounge her and work on ground manners. She is improving everyday. However, I have not ridden her. The plan is to train for about 20 sessions and then I start to take over. Since we do not know her back ground this is felt to be the safest method. I am being criticized for not riding her (other people at the barn), even at the end of the training sessions. I am a 59 year male and have riding experience but not a young body that heals quickly. What are your experiences, idea or thoughts. Thanks for your time and insights.