Anybody into horses and know their stuff? I'm trying to learn more. Specifically, I need to learn what type of horse would be good for me to buy for my family. My wife and kids are into horses and I'm getting pulled in a little bit more all the time. My wife is trying to convince me to get a horse of my own. I'm considering it. But if I do, I really want it to be a horse that the whole family can ride. My wife is probably intermediate level, and I have a 12 year old step son, a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. The older 2 have been taking riding lessons from a dressage trainer, but are not very advanced yet. I have never ridden, but might give it a try with the right horse. Right now my wife has a couple of thoroughbreds, and that's great, but they are not the family horses that I want them to be. Both of them are horses that she acquired to save them from auction. She's got a 12 year old mare that we will be selling soon. She is a healthy and nice horse, but she requires a lot more work with the trainer and a she needs a more advanced rider - she's an ex racer and likes to run. My wife's other horse is 19 years old. He is in great shape and he's very gentle and nice - the wife and kids all ride him and he's great, even the 6 year old is fine on him, he just plods around the arena like a kind old man. Unfortunately, while he's still very healthy right now, we can't expect too many more years from him. I really think we need to get a nice horse that the family can enjoy for years to come. So I need to learn what type of horse might be suitable for my family. I've always found 1/4 horses to be fine animals. (I have spent a lot of time around a lot of horses - ever sense I was a kid, I've just never ridden) I mentioned this to my wife, saying that I thought 1/4's might be a good choice for our family and also that I'd like to get a young horse when we do get the next one. She mentioned this to a family friend / neighbor and he said that he's got just the horse for me. She's a 1/4 filly and he needs to sell her by the end of summer. I know that she has never been mistreated. This guy has had her sense birth - she was foaled from his mare. This guy has a gelding that I've been around quite a bit that is brother to the filly and he is a fine and gentle animal and another brother belongs to a local Sheriff's deputy who rides him in the sheriff's posse, which I take as a good sign for how this man's horses turn out. This guy is offering me this filly at a very good price and telling me that if I don't have the money he'll negotiate on price and probably take payments. I think he agrees with my wife - that being as I do spend a good deal of time cleaning the stalls and feeding the horses and generally doing the work, that I should actually get some enjoyment from it all by having a horse that I can call mine and ride. I'm really considering getting this horse, but it's important to me that I make a well informed decision. I'm sorry that this post got so long, but I wanted to give as much information as I could. Anybody have any feedback as to whether or not a 1/4 filly would be a good horse for my family? Any other suggestions on what type of horse might be good for us? Thanks for reading, all feedback is appreciated.