Hi all....I am relatively new to riding (5 months now: hunter/jumper), and would really like to purchase a horse of my own! I have been training with a stellar trainer (she rides in every derby and grand prix offered in this area, rides multiple horses in them, and usually is in the ribbons). I trust her and her guidance! My purpose here is to do more research on my own, and not to second guess anything she's telling me. I like to be informed so I can make the best decision for me and my soon to be horse!
My budget right now is about $4,000 (I know it's not much in the hunter/jumper world, but it's where I am right now). What can I reasonably expect in this price range as far as the age of the horse, it's abilities (height of jumps, ability to do lead changes, etc). Am I silly to want to find a $4,000 horse that I can show with almost immediately?
Any comments will be appreciated.