Originally Posted by cjessy
:( So, I am about to purchase my very first horse! So exciting, right? Well, I am in love with a paint mare that is 9 years old, used as a broodmare all her life, and was kept outside. Never ridden! She is in the process of training which is going really well! She really needed a job to do I think! I am waiting for her 60 days of training to finish. Her and I are creating a great bond; I have been grooming her, feeding her, etc. I haven't ridden her yet, due to her training. My ultimate goal is barrel racing her, but I am kind of worried about how long it will take to train her to do so. Being I am about to buy my first horse (after 25 years of waiting), should I look for a horse that is completely trained or purchase her and train her. I am unable to afford having her professionally trained, I would have to train her myself, yet I am currently in training for barrels! Confusing stuff. I love the fact that I have been able to bond with her, where as chosing a horse out of classifieds(even though there is nothing wrong ith that), buying him/her and finding out that we don't mesh! I am the only real solid person in her life. I see her nearly every other day! But, I really want to hit the shows sooner than later! Ugh! Any advice??
IMO it's best to get a fully trained horse for your first horse. It doesn't have to be a push button pony...just something that has the basics down...walk/trot/canter. The one mare I was going to buy (a paint mare that was 10 years old) had the basics down, but there was many things I could teach her....leg-yielding, backing up, jumping, and others.
It also too depends how good of a rider you are. When I was searching for my first horse, I was an intermediate rider, yet I did not feel comfortable at all on a green horse (I went to look at a green App and I knew I couldn't handle training a horse).
Best thing to do is after the paint it done with her 60 days of training is to ride her for a good hour...see if you feel comfortable riding her.
You NEED to know the basics on riding, the correct ways to do things.