"I need a horse."
Translation:Ich brauche ein Pferd.
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You are perfectly correct, that the definite article 'ein'/'a' takes the form 'einen' when used for a masculine noun in the accusative. Pferd is, however, a neutral noun, so the article 'ein' stays the same, in the accusative. Unfortunately, while there are some clues as to the gender of many nouns, for the most part, you simply have to try and learn and remember the gender of the noun. Stay with it!
Neuter nouns stay neuter. It's just that German deploys only a single set of plural definite articles, the nominative and accusative of which have the same form as the feminine singular; the genitive has the same form as the masculine nominative singular; and the dative the same form as the masculine accusative singular. Confusing, huh?