Buying a horse in a non-horsey country
I have been taking lessons for two years, four times a week and it seems I have reached a point where I should buy my own horse. I have been told by quite a few people, both here and in real world that I'm ready. I can afford it, and then some, and I will have plenty of experienced support.
So, the problem is that I live in a very non-horsey country and very few horses are on sale on open market. They are either "logs trees and doesn't bite too often, has never even seen a saddle" or, much rarer, high performance and very expensive powerhouses (think 40000 euros a head) - I have no use for either.
My plan is to try and find a school horse that I like, ride it regularly and buy it after three or four months. I know that horses who are regularly ridden might change after being taken out of riding school but I'm just out of ideas on how to get a horse that is sane and ridible without breaking bank. Also, horses are generally not ridden more than twice a day even in riding schools so me riding five times a week might be enough.
What do you think of my plan? Any other ideas?
I'm a bit hesitant to go abroad simply because I'm not experienced enough to buy a horse after just one or two rides.