Originally Posted by JumpsxGlory
I agree with this post!! Spend time at rescues and then when you and the people close to you believe you are ready then proceed. You might find that you don't want to rescue a horse once you see how much work they are!
I completely agree with the suggestion to volunteer at a rescue. But if the OP is anything like me, it wont end up being a deterrent (I'm a sucker for the downtrodden). Chances are, being with those poor rescue horses day after day after day will make the OP fall in love with one that much faster. I still think volunteering would be a great experience, and maybe the OP will be that much better prepared if a rescue horse just happens to follow her home some day
ETA: I also agree with all the advice to buy a regular well trained horse, especially if your parents' financing may be such that you can't guarantee that horse is getting a forever home. A well trained horse will be much easier to sell, than a rescue, if life gets in the way of your plans.