Am I ready for a horse? I think I am but I want to hear your opinions, you guys are much more knowledgable horse people than me.
*I have been riding and horse crazy for about 5 years now
*I can w/t/c and extend and collect a horse
*I have 5 horses at my grandmothers I take care of when I am there
*I trained my mini filly pretty much by my self, she had only recieved human contact at feeding time before I got her
*I trained my mini gelding to jump on my own
*I used go trail riding on my own when I had a rideable horse
*I just started jumping and my trainer said I am baleanced and have a good and natural position so I will move up quickly
*I am capable of caring for an animal on my own, with the financial support of my parents(I foster puppies, have 3 dogs, and a few small critters)
*I am willing to earn money to help pay for the horse
*I can do a change of lead
*I can post and sit the trot
*I can stand up at the walk and am improving at that
*I can tack and untack a horse by myself
*I know about all the grooming tools and how to use them
*I took lessons over the summer 3 years ago and have been taking again for about 2 months
*I handle my grandmothers 5 horses all by myself and am the main person handling there training and care
*I ride hunt seat equitation
*I have calculated about how much it will cost to care for a horse for a year
*My trainer only has 1 boarder but room for another(its just a farm, not a fancy stable)
*I have been reading on here for about 2 or 3 years and horse books and magazines long before that
So do you think I am ready to get a horse of my own? We have the financial means, my parents are just a little hesitant about buying a $5000+ animal and then paying the ongoeing cost for said animal. If you guys(I use guys as a generic term btw. I mean women too
) do think I am ready, what sort of horse should I be lokking for? Not so much breed, but age, rider experience level, and training level. I have been loking at horses but I came across a couple horse rescues nearby and thought that it would be cool If I could rescue a horse. I would be saving a horse, saving money by adopting rather than buying(yes I know the potential for major vet bills and I'm not trying to just buy the cheapest horse here, I am just ayd theat I have an awsome trainer who can work with us and I am not a first time horse owner-though this would be a different horse, my own horse), and I already have a trainer whom I believe would be willing to work with the both of us. As I stated above, I have experience training horses(my filly was terrified of people and now she can be led by little kids, groomed safely, caught without a struggle, and loves to be near you), so while I am by far not the best horse trainer, I have given horses ground manners and have an instructer who would be willing to help. I found a ottb rescue and have fallen in love with a 6 year old there who has been off the track for a while and has adjusted to life as a regular horse, do you think that this situation might work for me? My grandmother bought us an otttb who is an absolute doll and was my main riding horse for a year or two, I would go places by myself on him(I was about 10 or 11) and though he was sweet and experienced, he wasn't exactly a babysitter horse. So what do you all think?
Sorry for the novel, kudos to those who made it this far!