I am an adult beginner rider. I have been riding for almost three years, take lessons, spent vacations working cattle on horseback at working ranches, and am currently leasing a horse at a boarding facility where I feel very comfortable. It is not a show barn and everyone there just rides because they like to ride.
My leased horse has developed some soundness issues and while I enjoy her, we are not a really good match. She has been used as a lesson horse for many years and is 26 years old. I am currently riding another horse at this facility but he is between 30-32 years old. (Don't get me wrong...he can move. We won first place in the novice barrels at a fun show in October but I am really limited on what I can do with him)
I am going to look at a 7 year old bald faced paint this afternoon. She is small...14.3 or 15 but from what I have heard she may be a good horse for me. She has had professional training and has been ridden extensively over the past 3 years. Her owner needs to thin his herd due to financial difficulties.
A trainer at the barn where I lease, actually went to look at her because she was looking for a barrel horse for one of her students...but the horse was too small for her student. The trainer rode her in the round ring and also took her out on some trails and was impressed with her and thought of me. She seems beginner safe and passed all of the "tests" my trainer put her though with flying colors. During the trail ride, she slipped in some mud and seemed more concerned about keeping the trainer centered on her back than actually regaining her own balance.
So...we are going today and I am so nervous because this is the first time I have actually gone to look at a horse for a possible purchase. I believe I am ready. Money is not really an issue...I will be able to board and take care of all the neccessary upkeep. I guess it's just a big step to go from leasing a horse on a month to month basis and actually "owning" a horse. It would be so nice to have a horse that fits my needs instead of riding whatever is available to ride at the moment. I have been bitten by the riding bug and I don't see it going away anytime soon.
I had a pretty bad accident last month while riding someone's green horse. Got bucked off for the first time and thought I broke my arm. I am too old to be overestimating my abilities....I need a reliable, well trained horse.
I guess at this point, I am just rambling but I felt the need to put some of what I am feeling down on writing. No need for responses. This was therapeutic.
I may go out there today and realize she isn't the horse for me...or I may go out and just know this is my horse. We shall see.