A beforehand warning that this is a long post. Yesterday I found out that my FIL bought a border collie puppy that he will be getting any day. He has one already that is around 10 years old and has talked about wanting another when she passes. This one is going to be a red and white and I'm hoping that it will get along with my dog that so far only one dog has liked to be around. Might give her a play mate to burn off more energy. I'll have to take some pictures once we get her/him. Haven't asked if it was a boy or girl yet. My FIL has talked for a while about wanting to adopt a rescued mustang and Saturday he seen an ad in the paper for two of them. I go with him over to look at them and I wasn't to sure about the older one since it reminded me of a horse we had a while back that was hard to do anything with. Then I seen the younger one the guy said was 2 years old and she let me walk up and pet her with no problem of turning her head away. She seems to be more trusting in people and less flighty than the other horse. The guy showed us how she was with flagging and bagging and she did well. We talk with the guy and told him we were interested mainly in her which he said great. There was a guy there before us that wanted the older one so it worked out. He came over Sunday to check the place out since he has to approve the location before we can take the horse. We will have her for a year before we get the title to her. We have a 4 acre piece that has 8' high chain link fencing, a three sided shelter, and we are going to build a corral inside of it near the shelter. The horse will be mostly mine as far as grooming and training goes. The guy that currently has her has 60 years of horse training experience. He said he was currently working on putting a saddle and brittle on her and the flagging/bagging. He thought I would be perfect size for when she is ready to ride. He said she was very quick to trust someone even after being neglected. She is starting to grow her hair back from rainrot which he treated. One problem I have is that I've never trained a horse. We had two horses before but one was blind (I liked her a lot) and the other was very large, older, and pushy. Whenever we separated them to try to do anything they would go nuts trying to get back to one another. They hadn't been worked with in a long time and were both retired sulky horses that have won races. This time I do have an Amish that works for my FIL that would be willing to help train me to train the horse. He has experience in training and does really well with his horse. He is one of the more gentle Amish as far as handling horses that I've seen. Also the guy we are getting the horse from will be willing to help work with me on training. So I at least will be getting help from people with experience to train me. I've been reading as much information I can in the last few days so I can ask them questions. I'll have my work cut out for me but luckily it is now spring time and I'll have help. I would love to be able to ride her next year if she is ready. I do have some questions about horse training. He didn't say if she was being rein trained or not but I'll find that information out. The horses we had before could do english which was pretty simple to do. Is it hard to get use to using riding western style for someone that has never rode loose neck? I've only had very little experience in riding so I was thinking the switch would be pretty simple for me. In one way I feel comfortable with english style but in another way I think loose neck would be the best for me and her. I want to use as little pressure with the bit as possible and with the thought of using a slight pressure on the neck seems more comfortable for the horse. The bits look uncomfortable enough just in the horses' mouth. One thing I do want to have down pat is my personal space. It was nerve racking having a large horse get into my area. The large horse we had before would do this all the time and since her back was up to my eyes it was scary. This horse is the recommended size I feel comfortable with and has been worked with on personal space but I want to be ready if she tests me. From what I've read and seen on the horse channel is if a horse starts to get into your space is to twirl the lead rope near the end of the horse that is moving into your area but don't move and don't react to the horse when they react. What I've read from the head swinging was to use the palm of your hand to stop the head. Is this information what I should be doing? I don't want to mess this up especially since the space is a big issue for me. I don't want to have a horse that thinks she can overpower me anytime she wants to. My last question I have at the moment is do you groom the horse again after training? I want my grooming time to be a bonding experience that we both can enjoy together. I know the Amish likes to groom his horse before hooking her up to the buggy since it relaxes her. One of my cousin-in-laws that takes horse riding lessons do their grooming before saddling. She said it was one of the most important things to do to get the horse relaxed and to help gain trust.