I have a 4 yr old that I sent to trainers for 60 days, and although it is possible to put a saddle on him and get on (evetually) I would not describe him as rideable. As a result I have to sell him as I cannot handle him, and he is too small for my husband to ride. I think whoever he went to he would still not have been great, as he pretty much ran free in an 800 acre pasture until he was 3.5. However the trainers claimed to practice 'natural horsemanship' and seeing their techniques and the results it's not something i'd pay someone to do to an animal of mine again. He wants nothing to do with people, and is always unwilling and uncooperative. I'm buying a yearling filly from the ranch; the fillies are all sent to the sale but this one stole my heart. She is very calm, gentle and friendly despite never having been handled until two days ago. Maybe i'm too sensitive, but I just don't like seeing the way the ranch horses here are 'broken'. I never saw horses handled like it growing up, and it just doesn't sit right with me no matter what reasons are given for it. I've trained dogs but never horses, and obviously horses have more capacity to cause injury if they become dominant, but i've never trained a SAR dog through fear and intimidation. They want to work for me because they want to please me, not because they are afraid not to, and I want the same from her if possible. I don't want the filly's good qualities to be scared or bullied out of her through the 'old-fashioned method'. I've come to the conclusion that the only way I can be sure that she is being handled in a manner that i'd agree with, and trained within our budget, is if I do it myself. The problem is i've never started a horse myself. Can you recommend any good resources i.e. books, dvds, websites...basically anything I can learn from at home?