Well, I've decided its time to buy the horse I really want...
Not that it matters much but I've had some real eye opening experiences within a short time. The biggest was last summer; I lost my younger sister in a freak car accident. She was 21 and in the Army, she was on leave heading home to PA from GA. I was 5 months pregnant. My only other sibling, an older sister, was then deployed to the middle east in Nov. Along with her husband who left a week earlier. (At least as fate would have it they are over there together!) My mom is currently raising my nephew, my son and I hang out over there pretty much 24/7 anyway while the husband is at work.
Horses have always been my 'getaway'. My current horse whom I've had for over a year (but have yet to ride due to me being pregnant then him getting sick) I purchased because I knew him for a while and I just wanted something to ride. He is currently not doing to well health wise and I can not ride him now.
I don't really plan on showing much, if at all, but it would be nice to have something that if I decided to it would be capable of doing so. Just local junk, nothing big.
Well, In PA my choices are not as plentiful as other places in this country. There are not many locals I can talk too about where to look, and how much I'm looking at.
I want something that will at least w/j/l nice. Under 10 years old preferably. Looking for a gelding (but wont turn down a nice mare). Must be AQHA. I'm 4 foot 11 inches (and at 25 I'm not getting bigger lol) so 14-14.3 hands. If the stops and spins are a bit rusty or slow yet I think we can handle that. But I want something that is bred, has the conformation and movement, and mind for the sport.
Realistically how much am I looking at?
I kinda would like to stay below $10,000. Is that even realistic or not?
To me, that is a lot of money for a horse... but I know for a lot of people that's nothin.
How do I go about my search, I know a lot of horses never even get listed and it is word of mouth... do I contact reining people in my area and let them know I'm looking? Will they even care? Will they laugh at me when I tell them my budget?
I just hope that isn't terribly out of the ball park.