Just a thought - your daughter wants to show jump competitively so a 15.2 to 16hh horse that's going to be steady and quiet enough for her as a 10 year old might not have enough 'pop' in it when she's 16+ to do the bigger more challenging courses
Indeed, and there's now way to predict that so we're going to aim for the best possible fit and continue to put temperament above everything. Worse comes to worse, she gets a new horse and we keep a companion horse (we're building a 4 stall barn so we'll get me a horse eventually and there's room for a third). Or we find a new home for the one she learned on, but I see too many old-in-the-tooth been-there-done-that horses being discarded by young riders. I'm in this for the long haul within realistic parameters of course. So yes, DuckDodgers, there is the option of having 3. It would allow us to have an extra for visiting friends.
Of course, it's possible she'll lose interest in jumping too. If we have a good, sound, sane horse that can do trails, maybe that's something to fall back on. I know that's all I need.
I get that there's no way to plan for everything, but I think that I have a responsibility to plan for the foreseeable.
I was interested in a horse yesterday... talked to the owner. Perfect, bomb proof jumper. Here's the hitch: the horse is 19. Sure, it might still be able to jump for a couple of years, maybe even five, but what then? I don't think it's fair to us or the horse. There are others out there, I know, and we can wait if we have to.
I sure hope the right one is out there.... I keep telling myself that if we buy the wrong horse just because we want to buy a horse, we might just miss out on the right one.