Well I've hit a point to consider recently. Hopefully if all goes well next summer I'll be training my mare to drive, as well as restarting my gelding on the ground. With both of them I'm doing free lunging (round penning) and then continuing on with my mare into ground driving and such. My next horse will most likely be trained by me at some point on the ground.
Here's my question. Should I spend the money and start piecing together training equipment (slowly might I add lol)? Where I'm at now my BO let's me use all of her training equipment/harness because it's there and it makes no sense for me to spend thousands of dollars on a harness for my mare when I don't know if she'll take to driving. But in all honesty I won't always be at her place, and such in the case with my next horse I'll be on my own in the equipment department.
Just for reference, here's the equipment that I'm wondering about buying:
--snaffle/training headstall (I've already got to buy a TT bit for my mare so I figured why not just buy a snaffle too)
--possibly side reins
I won't buy long lines or anything else until I work my mare and decide if she'll go or not. I just listed priority stuff that I would use this summer.