1) Stay with project pony, Lennon, who is in Canton (35mins away) upsides are that as long as we take care of him, we can take him to any clinic or show that we desire. Emily's trainer, who she works really well with, is able to come for a really good price (35 per hour) and the full lease is only 150 a month. But the more I've thought about it, her trainer can only get her so far (trainer has only ridden up to first and trained to barely second) and because my kid is a side job, our lessons change every week depending on her schedule. Lennon is a true project pony, he did hunter jumper before we leased him, so we're teaching him dressage (my daughter has never sat upon a horse who actually knows dressage) and he has a huge rushing problem while jumping because of bad training. He also is deathly afraid of water. He's supposed to be an eventer... Eventually.
2) go to a barn run by Betty Lynch (google it for her website) she seems to be a really good rider and instructor, I've never seen her ride or teach before though. She has a large pony for lease. $500+1/2 of shoes + 1/2 or vet bills. This includes three days of riding, one of which is a lesson. Or Emily could take lessons only on her schoolmaster. I think shoes would cost 40 and then vet costs who knows how much... Seems like an unset cost month to month, but realistically it means that we probably 400 for board and care and then 160 for lessons. 30/35 mins away.
3) ride with Lauren from Big Time Eventing. The horse for lease is a huge warmblood (drooling right now!) It costs (still have to verify some stuff) 600 for three/four days of lease one of which will be an added 60 for lessons. So about 800, still have to make sure, a month. However Lauren is an amazing trainer, any horse she likes pretty much has to be amazing, she could take Emily to a lot of stuff.
The main reason I'm asking is because Emily now might have a real (trained) horse, or option, to ride but the most I've ever payed for a lease is 350 plus 160 for lessons... And now we have about 600-800 dollar option for a month! I'm about to faint! So... What would you do? I will edit this later for clarification on Lauren's prices.