I am finally in a place where I feel ready to own a horse again, and bring them to our home for hacking out. I had taken a small break from horses after a series of bad/unlucky horse ownership scenarios. I lost my first two horses to random injury/illness and my 3rd horse (advertised as “kid” broke) was highly misrepresented with bad vices (rearing!) I didn’t feel equipped to solve on my own. I opted to sell with full disclosure instead of getting a trainer. Seeing as all this happened in less than 4 years, I was just severely burnt out and heart broken.
Now I am not an advanced rider. I had very little formal lessons prior to ownership and learned most everything through trial and error with support of horse friends. I have since enrolled back into weekly lessons and have been doing that for a few months. By now I obviously know all about horse care, horse minds, groundwork, and riding all the basics (W/T/C, correct diagonals, proper leads etc) more advanced maneuvers I have little experience with, and do not ride anything faster than a canter currently. It has refreshed my joy and confidence with horses and want to own, but the horse buying process is so awful in my opinion. I can’t tell you how many sellers tried to pull one over on me (and one successfully did!). I really want this next horse to be my horse of a lifetime as I don’t want another failed relationship.
To avoid purchasing a horse with its training highly misrepresented and spending a hefty budget for such a “good” horse again, I am considering purchasing a young, willing, calm horse (5ish?, I do not need a “baby”) That is lightly started in riding, but green enough that it’s time to develop a sour attitude, avoidance tactics is limited. I would then board the horse with my trainer for a few months to have them continue the training, while personally taking lessons with the horse as well. I suppose hoping to “mold” a great mount instead of hoping what I bought is what I get. My question is, is a process like this only for the best of riders who’s been doing the horse thing for over a decade? I’m not a green rider but perhaps I’m just being a dreamer with my experience level. Should I just suck it up and pay for that amazing, turn key, “trail horse deluxe” and hope for full disclosure?