Hello, I am sort of new to this site. Me and my dad are moving to Utah or Colorado (we live in California right now) and he said I could have a horse when we move. He will have a lot of extra money since living in Sou. California is pricier than Utah. I have been riding for four years, almost 5. I know the basics of horses (taking care of horse, stall, and I am and intermediate rider. There are a few things I am questioning. How do I know what saddle and pad to use? How do I know what food to use? How do I know if the horse needs wraps/boots or not? When I ride different horses some need wraps and some don't. I know how to ride, but I have always had someone to tell me what to do. I.e. My instructor would tell me when to pick up the jog, when to do circles, etc. How do I know which bridle to use?
I know so far this post has not belonged in this topic, but now it will.
When I buy a horse, Here are some things I want:
I am 12, and quite tall for my age, so I would not want a pony.
I want a sound horse, but I still want it to be energetic.
The horse needs to be trained, as I know I am not in any position to train.
Please note that I am not planning in showing or jumping the horse. I ride Western, not English. Sorry for taking all of your time up, but I really want to make sure I have this whole thing down. I will probably start out with leasing, but I don't want to be making mistakes. I just want whatever horse I own to be unhappy. Thanks!