Originally Posted by aspin231
To the OP.
You mentioned that there weren't other lease horses at your current barn, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to jump in to ownership. Perhaps you could lease from elsewhere (with the guidance of your trainer) and board the new horse at the current stable to continue under the current instructor.
(Unless I read that all wrong, of course!)
It's hard to change mounts sometimes, but if you're staying at the same barn, you'll still be seeing the pony, won't you?
Right, at this time no, there aren't. However, our instructor wants to slowly change her barn into a leasing/ownership barn. Her goal is slowly dwindle her students to only those who are serious and drop some of her lesson kids who only come once a week and show little interest. The pony would stay there so we would still see him all the time. She has an appy/Arab cross that is her daughters show pony. She has never leased him out but she has seen how responsible Allie (and me) is, and how she's handled Rex. She is considering turning him over to us as a lease. Allie has ridden him a lot in the past, but not since she started leasing Rex. So in the last few lessons, she jumped on him and did fine. She needs to figure him out again, though, and work on being more assertive, which is what this horse needs, an assertive rider. So we shall see. I hope this works out because it would buy us more time before we decide to take the plunge into full fledged horse ownership.