Hi, I'm fifteen and have been dreaming about getting a horse since forever! But..I'm not ready yet (and there's the whole "horses are uber expensive" thing). So for the next year I plan on being solely focused on improving my riding skills and gaining confidence untill I'm sixteen and can get a job so I can earn money to make a dent in the boarding/vet/farrier/sale price/lesson/food/tack/gas price (plus I think my grandparents will help).
Anyway! Here's where you come in!
1. What horse breed would be good for a first-timer?
I was looking at Haflinger Horses (I LOVE them!)
2. What age would be good?
I was thinking between 6 (minimum, and would need to be calm, well-trainined, and mature) and 14 (but would need to be in decent health)
3. What would the price be around?
I want to spend no more than $5,000 but would like to stay around $3,000.
4. Any tips?
Here is some info about me and my riding.
Riding level: Beginner-Intermediate
Riding Style: English (low level Dressage, maybe some light jumping in the future, trails every once in a while)
I also have some questions. How often would I have to excersise (sp?) my horse (at least)?
(In terms of how many times a week. The barn in half an hour away. That's not much to me but gas is pretty high and my Dad hates to travel there alot. I was thinking 3-4 times a week. What height of horse would I need?
I do have pretty long legs. Does anyone know what the average price of board is in New York state?
Thanks for all the help! Sorry to make it so long!
P.S Please tell me if I'm missing anything really important!