Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Central Illinois
• Horses: 0
If you really want to compete, I'd go with option 2. You get lessons and you have your friend there. If you don't want to do that, option 1 sounds like your second best choice.
If you can't afford a lot, please don't buy a horse. It may be an appealing option to you, but are you (or whoever else is going to pay for the horse) financially ready to take a horse on?
If you/they can't shell out AT LEAST $3,000 dollars a year, then chances are VERY high that you will not be able to adequtely care for a horse.
I'm not trying to be mean, I want you to know what you will be getting into financially with horse ownership. You may be very capable of physically caring for a horse, but it is a big responsibility, one that extends far beyond capability.