This is a great thread as it pertains directly to me! :) Thanks so much to smrobs for posting it!
I knew last fall when I decided to get back into horses, that I needed to:
First take lessons and learn about horse care, and that included a good instructor who was going to stay around the area for a long time, and would one day hopefully help me find my first horse.
Two, not be in a big hurry to buy a horse, even though my nature is to get something as quickly as I can! ;)
Three, not be looking at the young flashy horses, but definitely go with something older and experienced, and above all CALM!!!
I am trying to be patient- it is hard
, but it will pay off in the end. I have no desire to break any of my middle aged bones, or get hurt if I don't have to. I do have a desire to be a help to any horse that I buy, and be able to work with him/her to have great riding experiences.
At least I keep telling hubby all this when he asks me why I would not want to "get my money's worth" by buying a young horse, that will live a lot longer.... sigh....