Originally Posted by teamfire
Oh, I wouldn't be expecting the same level of training as some of the ones I've posted! With my trainer's help, I can handle a greenie (some of the horses I've looked at only had some months of training), I just can't start a horse, that's all...
Just would need training to the point an intermediate rider can take things along. So just broke in w/t/c with decent steering, that's all.
I'd rather not go this route (I'd rather see what's already there, instead of taking that risk that my prospect doesn't turn out as I thought it would), it just seems that what I'm looking for is not available in my budget. =( Trying to make sure I'm doing everything I can...
SOme of this depends upon your own personal ability and goals. Talk with your trainer honestly. Look around your area at how much training board is. If you are expecting to do this yourself, (and I am coming from another discipline, but am in the process of training him) it is really difficult, and takes a long time. It can be very rewarding, yes, and you learn in the process. But, there are risks involved too, as has been said you don't know if a horse will do what you want to achieve at all. It is a risk. I can say from experience that $4k will not get you far at all for training board. Lessons, maybe. Training board where I am (and mine is extremely fair) is $800/mo. You very quickly spend a lot of cash. THe other thing to consider is that *heaven forbid* it doesn't work out and you have put $$ into training, but the horse still has a LONG way to go . If you have to sell, you will lose $$ big time. If you buy the one with the more solid training already, you have a chance at recuping your $$. JMHO. Something I have also given a lot of thought to, since I bought a $2k horse and have put nearly $10K in training on him-I could not sell him for half that, if I had to tomorrow. FOod for thought. Yes, I have learned a ton too, which will not go away, and neither will the training I have on him. He will always have a good solid reining base.