Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
My advice would be.. don't settle for second best!!
There WILL be the horse out there, you just have to keep ears and eyes peeled.
Do you lot advertise in the paper? Have a look there, too.
What is your experience with younger horses, riding in general, and your time scale?
I was totally not with this initially, but someone was badgering me about getting a younger horse, greenbroke. I didn't have the confidence in my riding. This person has never seen me ride in person, but plenty of videos. After trying 15 horses over a three month period, I tried a 3yo stallion as he was at the same yard another horse was. The other horse REALLY didn't work out, and the owner offered me a ride on this one.. I was totally against it initially.
I walked away with my Dubai, and was very very lucky. I didn't take my trainer, I used my knowledge and linked videos to here where there was positive, but slightly mixed responses. I would advise you take a trainer, though ;)
Speak to your trainer.
I was lucky, I found a talented and amazing natured horse. They aren't all like that, but it may be an option.
Best of luck!