I have wanted a horse for a very long time and while I am not a stranger to riding, training, or taking care of a horse I am new to shopping for one. I currently work at a show barn working the horses and cleaning stalls and I think it is finally time to get my own. I will be boarding my horse at my friends (and next door neighbor) and she trail rides only.
I have started shopping around and I am on a small budget (600 or less) and my boss (the show barn owner) is trying to help me shop forgetting the fact that I cannot afford a dead broke, child proof, flashy young $12,000 arabian like ALL the horses he has.
I DO NOT WANT TO SHOW HIGH LEVEL!! I can't seem to get this through his mind that I do not need a perfect show horse.
I am down to 3-4 horses. One is a rescue morgan/tb cross that is slightly skinny and I worry about sway back or other problems due to his lack of proper feed in his first 2 years of life. He is currently at a fosters who says the vet cleared him perfectly sound, but naturally I worry about this. He is super cute solid black 2 1/2 year old.
The other horses are also through a off track TB rescue in my area and almost all in my price range are horses with old bows or chips. I also worry about temperment with these horses and cribbing issues. However, I have heard of getting a great horse through these programs.
I do intend to jump/trail ride/dressage all for fun just to have a good horse friend to spend some time with. I intend to use a nice hard bareback saddle on my horse as I don't like big western saddles and English tack will only be occasionally.
Any advice or opinions?