I don't yet know what I want to pursue outside of pleasure riding/trails, and hunting. I live in Montana, but locally there are very few horses for sale it seems (by local I mean within a 2 hour drive), and the ones I do see don't always impress me at least conformation-wise. I'm not looking for perfect of course, but I want one whose going to be heathy down the road. I am not ready to purchase now, but will be in the next couple of years.
Doing a lot of research on breeds, I keep coming to the conclusion that an appaloosa may be extactly what I'm looking for as far as versitility, toughness, and endurance, as I would love to try out various western sports as well as english, and of course the trails, camping, and packing I know I want to do. I prefer the look of good foundation lines over the quarter horse type.
My question is, should I stick with what I can try out locally with experiance but possibly not what I may want in the end, or buy a younger horse bred well that fits me and work with my trainer to start it off the way I want to?
Whatever I go with it will be boarded for the first few months so my trainer can iron out any wrinkles, if I don't buy one from her directly. Because it will be my first, one safe and experianced would be nice but I worry that as I advance I may be asking too much or heading in a direction it can't take. Or do I find a horse which every direction I go I end up with this breed to best suit me, but it may be young.
I am 26 years old, have been taking lessons for awhile now and am willing to wait and work with whatever I end up with and have a great gentle yet firm trainer full of patience. I'm just worried about having to sell to get a step up since I know it will break my heart. In a perfect world I'd find an appy well trained looking for a new home, but I haven't come across any here yet.