So this is my first thread on HF and I'm not quite sure how it works yet, but ill figure it out. Anyway, I live in LA and I am in 8th grade this year and plan on buying a horse when I start 9th. I have been riding/competing in dressage and show jumping since 8 and the whole English thing just got too competitive for my liking so I started riding western pleasure about a month ago. So far I absolutely love it and plan to stick with it. I have switched barns and my new instructor is great as well as relaxed and not competitive. I have been looking forward to purchasing a horse ever since I started riding and now that its finally happening I still have a million questions! I do NOT plan on competing or doing anything too serious with my future horse, just a lot of trail and pleasure riding. I will be at the barn everyday and i will have plenty of free time, so time isn't an issue. Any advice is greatly appreciated... eg: what breed is right for me, what age, what sex, how important are blood lines, what to look for, how long is the process of buying, is it a bad idea to get a green horse, what selection is available in the $500-$3500 range, spirited or bombproof, rescue, adopt, buy, or go to a breeder, bad idea to get a project horse, what are some good sources to look for horses, and what is the average cost for monthly pasture boarding? Any advice or opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks for reading!