Young horse for newbie owner.
This is not usually recommended for anyone of my level of experience by anyone (including myself) who even has an inkling of horse knowledge, but I want to get some input.
I'm thinking about getting a weanling. First horse. Must be crazy.
Before you start going off the deep end, hear me out.
First of all, I have to wait until I'm out of college, in the workforce, and have a good amount saved up for emergencies (not to mention the things I have to buy straight out or pay for over time). So, I'm looking at 5+ years before I'm ready to get any horse. That's 5+ years to research and gain experiences whenever I have the time.
Second, I plan to surround myself with people who are knowledgeable and experienced. Good trainer, good barn, good support system. I want to be as involved in my horse's training as possible, but I will not buy a weanling unless I can find a trainer that I can trust first.
Third, I'm making preparations. This is something that I want to do, and do right. Period. There is no option of dropping the ball. I hear horror stories of people who get foals with good intentions and then turn them into pasture puffs because they get "over horsed". Not this girl. I will not move forward until I know for sure what I'm getting into. Research, lessons, leases, other ways to get experience with horses of all ages, etc.
Still sounds like a bad idea? Probably. But, hopefully not as bad.
Now's the part where I need help. I need help with finding ways to make connections and gain experiences beforehand. I don't know where to get hands on training experience. I don't know where to find young horses that I can learn to handle. I don't know if there are even ways to get experience for people like me. So, I'm open to any ideas.