I am looking to buy a horse suitable for dressage and jumping.
My level of riding is not advanced in these disciplines (just starting out really) although I have ridden for pleasure and done stock work all my life. I feel I have a natural knack with animals and have other qualifications that have lead me to train animals for my work...So I enjoy training...
My budget is between $1000 and $3500 australian dollars. But I understand spending $3500 does not really buy an 'educated horse, just something with the basics. My question is:
Should I buy the more green and unspoilt horse and have fun training it myself as I am not in a great hurry to be an 'expert' in these two disciplines and I love the training process????
OR should I spend a little more and buy a more schooled horse as training to competition level can be a long and sometimes frustrating haul and I am no professional in both these fields. ????
There are plenty of nice horses just off the track for about $1000+ and there are aslo some nice horses for offer that are around 6 to 12 years old that have done pony club and some competitions that go for around $3500. Would I be wasting my cash to buy the more expensive horse? Which would you go for in my position?