Hello, I'm new here, but I'm in need of advice. I originally started riding when I was about ten, then quit so I could go on to gymnastics instead. Almost a year ago, I came back to riding again. The barn I ride at let's everyone learn at their own pace, and I take lessons weekly, along with going any day of the week I want to ride and work on my riding. I also became a wrangler there, and I quickly learned the basics of riding and can take care of horses (as that is part of my job) and also know property management from my instructor. The horses I ride are all trail horses, therefore they all have a few quirks and are very testy. Over the time, I developed an intense interest in training horses from start to finish. I worked with a few of the horses at the barn (a lot tend to be hard mouthed and I have been working with some to get them to be more responsive). The one I am currently ridding has discovered that if she can buck people off, they'll come off. She's bucked me off twice, and I am currently in the process of taking her back to basics and fixing the problem (mostly ground work, gaining respect, etc.) I have already gone through the possibilities of her being in pain, but after examining, that got ruled out, and based off her expressions, she just doesn't want to be told what to do. I have been wanting to buy my own horse, as I get put on different horses a lot, and would like my own horse to just settle with and train. I have done a ton of research, and still am, on training horses, start to finish. Overall, I feel very confident in my knowledge, and I know care for, how to ride, ground work, how to tell if a horse is in pain, expressions, etc. I've learned to read horses, and I know how to control them. I have (obviously) had a few scary situations, but once they happened, I quickly figured out how to fix them. I feel very comfortable on a horse, and on the ground with a horse. As for buying a horse, I feel ready. But the only problem is, I want a somewhat green horse. Bad first horse, I know, however one thing I have discovered with people around here, is that their horses tend to have little quirks and all from being ridden by so many people. Many horses who are being sold are either foals, or older horses who have been used for trail rides. Now, I have nothing against older horses. I know first hand that they can have a ton of spunk for their age- that's not the problem for me. What I'm running into is my passion for training horses. One thing I want is a bond that both a trainer and horse get when they are being trained. I know you are still training a horse to an extent if you just simply ride them (respect), but as I said, I'd love to train horses start to finish. There's no one around here that can give lessons for training horses- the best advice I got was to read, re-read, research, etc. (thats what one of the trainers at my barn did). I have been doing that. With that in mind, I know a lot of people will tell you getting a young horse right away is a terrible idea. An older horse is more suitable. However, I'm not necessarily looking for a horse I can just jump on to a ride into the sunset. I genuinely want a horse I can work with, start to finish. I'm willing to put in time, effort, whatever to train a horse. It's really my passion. That being said, I did find a three-year-old filly for sale. A horse I would have to do start to finish with. Obviously, I'd go check her out and get a vet to examine her thoroughly before I even considered buying her, but I want to know if that's even a good idea right now? Regardless of my passions, should I get an older horse first with no ifs, ands, or buts?