If you are in the least nervous, tense or lacking in confidence when riding or handling horses, then do not buy a young horse. The horse will sense your nervousness or hesitation. It, too, will become jumpy and unsure of itself or else it will realise that it can intimidate you or use its strength to get its own way. Even with a knowledgeable person helping you regularly, you still need the right temperament to succeed with a young horse. Even if you are very confident, you will need supervision and advice from someone experienced with young horses the first time you take on the breaking and backing of a youngster. If you have the slightest problem, ask for advice immediately or the situation may get worse. A small problem can soon become a big bad habit unless rectified quickly.