This may sound really judgmental - I don't know you and don't want to be rude, but a 1500$ budget for a first horse is really, really low. Can I ask why so cheap? You are a beginner, therefore you need a very well-trained horse. Owning a horse will probably cost you about 10,000$ a year, minimum, if you're boarding it. It seems like you'd be better off investing in a well-trained horse from the start (in my part of the world, you can get one of these for 3000-4000$ if you're not fussy about looks or breed) than buying a horse that is going to require a lot of fixing. Horse training involves hiring experts to work with your horse. That gets very expensive very fast. Why pay 1500$ for a horse which you'll have to sink another 3000$ to finish training when you can just get a trained, proven horse and just enjoy riding?