Hi all, I’m (still) horse shopping and realizing I may have to change up what I am looking for. In my price range (mid to high 4 figures), I am looking for a solid trail horse that could potentially go to some local open shows /clinics as well. Not win, but just go to have some fun and hang out with friends. I do love an older horse, I don’t mind a bit of maintenance. Unfortunately, I am finding that everything I look at either is quite lame, has large holes in the training, or is misrepresented. Some came close, then failed a PPE. These horses were not cheap, but at the top end of my budget. There have been a few horses sent to me that are green broke.. young.. or just need more time under saddle. Priced at the bottom-mid budget. Some need more training and time out on trail to really be solid. I am starting to wonder if it would be a better idea to buy a green broke prospect and send it to a trainer for 3-6 months with my remaining funds. I have lost confidence over the last few years, and I know I would need to enlist the help of a trainer if I wanted to go down this route. I do not want to be over horsed. I feel like this route could be a bit of a gamble? I do like the idea of having a horse i know most of the training history on. So, what would you do? Open up the option to start also looking at younger prospects that need to go to a trainer? Or stay the course and keep looking for something already completely solid and broke? Thanks!