I've decided that my current boy will be sold before I leave Hawaii, which will put me in a position I've never really found myself in before. One where buying a baby and waiting for it to grow up is plausible.
I can really only afford, both in time and money, one horse. Getting a youngster hasn't really ever been something I was really looking at doing. However, after I move I will likely be spending at least 2 years in a situation where i won't be able to ride. Not only that, but I have a good relationship with the couple I purchased my last horse from, and they would be willing to take care of a young horse for me at a very reasonable board and training fee. I trust these folks, and love the foundation the put on the animals they work with.
So, I find myself with time to kill and a location to stick a babe. It's kind of dawning on me that I could get a much nicer animal than I would be able to afford otherwise. My horsey budget will depend on what I can sell my boy for, but it's not likely to go over 10k.
I'm kind of heading into uncharted waters here. I've really only purchased horses who were already under saddle and I had a good idea of what they were capable of. I know nothing of babies. How much do they change as they grow? I know that there's a risk that the horse won't grow up to be what I want, but what can I do to spin the odds in my favor?
I've never really looked at bloodlines, just judged the individual horse on what it could do. Which hunter lines are fancy and ammy friendly. I can handle green and spicy but I'd like to have a horse that eventually mellows into a solid partner.
And lastly, am I crazy for even thinking about a baby? Do I really need a fancy babe to cruise around 2'6" to 3'? Or should I just do my horse free time and pick up something far more plane jane for my money when I'm settled again? Heck, would 10k even get me a nice enough baby to make the wait worth it?
This whole process is still some years down the road, but if I'm going to look into doing something that takes a bit of research I would like to start researching.