Okay so I'm looking for my first horse. I'm an intermediate rider and I'm looking for a horse for pleasure; hacking out, light jumping, basic dressage, and maybe a show or two a year. A good temperment, soundness, and saneness are very important to me. There are so many things to consider when buying such as age, conformation, training, ect so I am wondering where do you draw the line on what is acceptable and what isn't? I have a certain budget and I don't require a horse which can bring me to the Olympics nor do I have the money or training to buy me one which would.... so which characteristics do I focus on?
Conformation confuses me a lot because you can have a well conformed horse which moves terribly and then you can have a poorly put together horse that moves decently. Also no horse is perfectly put together, so how do you decide which conformation faults are okay?
Any suggestions on what to focus on?