Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I would look through adds and find a suitable one. This is the time to buy. My bo was looking for a stocky trail horse, so she went to see a 16.2hh 'qh' gelding. Turns out he's a Belgian x appaloosa. He looks like, and moves like, a spotted warmblood, and he could jump the moon if you pointed him at it.
My cousin owns a percheron x paint, he would also excel at dressage and jumping, solid built and he just floats.
I suggest finding a draft cross, ideally with a hot horse like tb or arab, but crossed with a stock breed might work as well.
Beware untouched older horses(trust me on this one, I have lots of experience). They are a lot more work, need a more knowledgeable handler, and can be way harder to get basic lessons across to. If you want to start from the ground up, get a horse that's 2 or under.