Looking to get back in to horses
I'm Lauren. I'm looking to get back in to horses after not owning them for 4 years.
A little background info. I'm 23 and got my first horse at 12. He was a 15 year old OTTB. He taught me a ton about horses. My first ride he reared up and rolled over on top of me. I was told the horse was beginner safe and had rode him previously at the owners farm with no issues. That was a long road but he was the best horse even though he had his moments. With him, my family also got another OTTB mare for my sister 7 years later. She needed a lot of saddle time and I told my step dad this. My sister rode her a few times, got dumped and never rode her again. Every now and then when she was gone I would get on the mare and put some saddle time on her. I briefly owned a BLM Mustang mare I was going to break and train with the help of a trainer for my senior year school project. However, we tragically having to put her down due to an injury she had recieved birthing a foal at the BLM facility that was unknown to me. My second horse that I could ride was an older criollo mare that retired from polo. She was a good mount but had arthritis and couldn't be riden hard.
When I was 19 we had to put down my TB gelding, and 6 months later my parents sold my criollo mare and my sisters TB because I had went off to college.
Now that I am married, and my husband and I both are out of school and have steady jobs, I want to get back in to horses.
My question is this. How do I go about getting a horse the right way?
I currently have NO tack, no anything.
I have a budget I am saving for the right horse, considering I never really had a "well broke" horse before. Probably about $5k and will have that saved by May.
I've never really had lessons, just picked up what I learned from videos, books, and trial and error. I can stay on a horse, walk, trot, canter, posting while trotting, lead changes, but nothing fancy like dressage moves or jumping.
Therefore, I consider myself an intermediate rider. Is this accurate?
What I'm looking for. A gelding between 5-12 years of age, well broke over 16hh. For an intermediate rider. Clean legs. Looking for a QH, APHA, TB, fresian cross. For my track record, would his type of horse suite me?
I will be boarding the horse because I now live in the city until we can purchase property. And the facility has trainers available.
I am interested in learning to jump.
Should I buy tack first before purchasing the horse?
I found a saddle I like but unsure of seat size. I believe I had a 14in western and should need a 16 in English saddle which is what I want. Should I go for youth leathers? I'm only 5'2. I have no problem buying my supplies before hand.
Also, when going and trying a horse out, do I bring my own tack? I've always used the owners, except when we went to see my sisters horse because it had been sitting in a pasture for 2 years.
Should I get lessons before buying a horse, even though I am not super new to horses?
Any tips, advice is appreciated.