I had a friend who has long since moved. But before they moved they had this one mare who I believe was 7. They just believed she was the “best begginer horse” you could have and they went on and on about this “awesome begginer horse”. This horse didn’t like to be caught. Could tie reasonably well, would wiggle a bit then quiet down. Jumped to the side when you tossed a saddle in her. The horse walked off when you got on. Selective obidience when it came to speed, stopping and turning. Would kick out if you told her no actually you are going to go faster. Routinely rubs people off on trees, bucks them off and bolts...”begginer eh?” Basics for me. Stand still when your tied, being saddle, being mounted and when I tell you woah and I’m on you don’t move till I ask. Horse must stop at any gait when I say whoa, I should not have to touch my reins. Have a general idea on turning forequarters and turning hindquarters. I should be able to ride horse in a straight line or in a circle moving through all 3 gaits and pick up the correct lead when I’m in a circle.