teen daughter to train a young warmblood
We are looking at a six year old 16. 3 hand american warmblood x oldenburg this weekend to purchase for my teenage daughter. She is a good rider, has competed in level 0 jumpers, equitation, and hunters. She has jumped over 4 feet. She has retrained a OTTB after a long time off with the assistance of her trainer. But I want to make sure I'm not getting 'had'. Her trainer says that if we like the horse, she will pick him up the next day if we decide to purchase. Then, she wants to wait up to two months to begin handling him so as to let him get used to his surroundings. She doesn't expect anyone to be able to even get on his back until about October...(she is pregnant and due in September)... She has repeatedly told me that she can work with my daughter and my daughter has the skills to train a horse under her watch. Our trainer loves starting young horses, but I'm wondering if this is more a project for her than it is for my daughter. The horse is $3500 and with boarding costs until October, I'm looking at this horse costing another $2400 before she thinks anyone can get on him... Am I right in my suspicions or am I a pessimist when trusting people... P.S. Our trainer has never steered us wrong before, but there's a first time for everything...Any thoughts on training this young horse and what my expectations should be would be truly appreciated. I'm just the mom writing the checks, not a professional!