Hello. I have been browsing through this forum and I have already found so many useful tips and experiences! This time I am posting because I need advice. I am 40 and I started taking riding lessons a year ago. I started leasing Yapa, a cross breed mare six months ago. I have grown really attached to her and we have really learnt a lot together. I love her to pieces and trust her fully! I am very confident riding her (although my teacher says she is not easy to handle) and we know each other very well. I now have the possibility of buying my own horse. I can choose between Yapa, and good, pedigree jumping horses. A friend of mine jumps professionally and she has already helped me try some horses on sale, together with my teacher. My teacher says she has not seen me ride any horse like I ride Yapa. My friend says I should invest in a better horse. I don't know what to do. Whether to buy Yapa, whom I have this wonderful bond with and I am still learning so much with or take this chance to buy a 'good' horse. If I go by my instinct and emotions, I would like to buy Yapa, but many people tell me that if I am going to invest in a horse I should buy a good one, whatever that means.
Some day, when I go beyond the beginner stages, I would like to start with dressage, I know Yapa would not be too suitable for that, but by now and I am sure that for some time, she will still teach me a lot.
I don't know what to do!
Any advice is welcome! Thanks!