Looking into buying another horse, any tips?
So I've been looking into buying a project horse for quite a while. I don't want a fully trained horse because I would rather have a horse that would understand what I want, rather than what some stranger taught it.
The thing is, I'm still a teenager living with my parents. So it's convincing my parents to get another horse is the problem.
They would think it's rediculous to get an unbroke horse when we already have two horses that still need some work. One we bought as a "completely broke horse". Which I would definately disagree that she is broke, because she isn't pleasent to ride, but I wasn' the one who chose her. That was my mother's horse.
Plus, I sort of want to move on to something other than riding. I want to look into purchasing a larger pony to train to pull a cart. I think driving would be something I could handle, because I am frightened of riding because of my bad experience with my green broke gelding throwing me off.
I do still plan to finish him, but I figure that working with a horse in a diffrerent way could help build my confidence, rather than working on groundwork my gelding for another few years and riding that dreadful mare.
I can't get a really small pony because we'd have nowhere to keep him or her, but if I get a bigger pony we wouldn't need to expand our pasture compaired to if we got a horse. (Or build a more suitable pasture for a mini pony.) I know a pony is just as much work as a horse, and I've worked with all sizes of horses before. But we have a plenty big pasture for three horses, aswell as housing. But I wouldn't want to take on a full size horse, I'd be so much more comfortable with a horse that isn't much taller than my belly-button. (I'm a few inches shy of 6 feet tall.)
So how should I convince my parents that I can take on another horse? Most very green ponies would be fairly inexpensive to buy, so I would be able to buy the horse myself. But they would most likely pay for most of the hay, and the farrier work. But I could train the pony myself, as I already have pretty much most of the equiptment. All I need would be to buy a cart, which I'm sure I could find as we have quite a few people who drive horses and other animals around where I live.
Thank you very much for reading this, I know it was a long post. I really want to get another horse, so I hope others can help me find some ways to get me closer to my goals.