I agree. I teach my friends how to ride my horses but when the mention buying one I tell them to take lessons and direct them to some teachers I know that are also friends, were lucky here because the teachers I know will do this for bare minimum due to them having other jobs so its just money on the side! But im sure if it wasnt for me telling them to go somewhere else they would be in a world of trouble! I didnt have anyone to take me to lessons my lesson was my horse and that was hard I have had to retrain him completly due to my lack of knowledge and ability of thinking I knew it all. Wed probably already be tearing up the barrel pattern if I had taken lessons.
Please you will get much further then your friend. More knowledgable and be able to take better care of your horse then if you were to just buy one. Let alone buying a horse that is "bomb" proof is a few thousand. If its the real deal that's a lot of money and youd want to know how to take care of your pet.