As some of you are probably already aware from my previous posts, I am making plans for buying my first horse next year, a PRE (andalusian) gelding - possibly even a part bred - shall see nearer the time.
The yard owner at the full livery yard where I'm working evenings and weekends around my full time job (busy life!) is helping me in locating breeders and has been speaking to a fairly local breeder of spanish horses that she knows and we may be going to have a chat with her later this month, see what will be available for next summer etc. I was wondering if people had any advice on an ideal age for your first horse, I would like a slightly younger horse ideally (backed, had schooling and a few years of experience) and am trying to get a few figures in my head so I can control my heart when I go to see the breeder and will stop myself getting swept up with stunning horses that I can't say no to! =D
What would people advise as a good age range (how old was your first horse? was it a good/bad experience that the age of the horse effected?)
I was considering anywhere around 5 - 7 years old as a rough plan at the moment and would be very interested in other opinions / experiences that could help me plan ahead on what to limit myself to roughly. The owner at the yard I'm working at (already lined up as home for my horse to be! talk about planning in advance...) has been saying to me that she would be very confident in my handling of a younger horse when I was discussing ages with her - but I know I would like to go with a horse that has had some experience as it will be my first. Have heard a lot of unhappy stories about people who buy too young, even when they have lots of experience...
I would really appreciate any advice and/or first horse stories, I am amazed at the number of people I've talked to at the yard about when they bought their first horse who have said to me that it "just kind of happened" no real planning - just saw horse and bought it. Is it unusual to be planning years in advance? (e.g. investigating/visiting livery yards, making contacts, speaking to breeders etc)
I always thought buying your first horse would be a bit like preparing for a baby ;-) move to a bigger house, find the right school, paint the bedroom, buy some toys... lol (yes I am nuts, I have already bought grooming kit, first aid kit (purple spray!) and I'm not even buying this year!)
Look forward to hearing from you all. xx