My only suggestion is to be careful of what you are buying. I love TWH's but my experience in TN so far has been, theyre broke to ride ridiculously young, and they only know how to go with the aide of spurs and/or whips. Never mind brakes, its brace and haul. :( Ive seen beautiful horses, but I am personally convinced to buy them before theyre broke to ride. Show barns are crazy around here.
Good luck on your search. I hope to start mine by next year as well. :)
Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.
Don't look in a horses mouth for a gift.