Ok so I found this horse a while ago on this website with ads of horses for sale/lease in my area. After reading the add a little more I really liked the look of it. It turns out the horse actually belongs to a friend of mine I went to school with.
My friend is going away to University and can't take her horse with her. She is offering him on a free I get all his tack and everything that goes with him. I also get the free use oh her trailer. She has put a lot of work into him she rides him english and does hunter/jumper and some dressage. Eddie is a 14.1hh pony, he's blood bay and the cutest most affectionate for ever. He's got amazingly tough feet and doesn't require shoes, he's really strong and well built and my instructor says it's very unlikely I'd have to call the vet out to see him for anything other than an anual check up and shots.
I went and rode him today and he went really well, he's a little speedy which I'm not used to, and I haven't quite figured out how to ride him yet as my friend has a very different riding style than me so I don't know all his buttons yet but I think with a few more rides I could get to know him a lot better. My friend is willing to let me ride him for a two week trial and the part board him for the rest of the summer and then lease him starting in september when she goes to school.
I would keep him at the barn he is currently at, which charges $200 a month( not bad compared to some places in my area) where he is kept outside 24/7. The farrier only charges $25 to trim his feet and like I said above he doesn't need shoes, which is a real money saver. My current instructor also does lessons at that barn so I could still continue learning from her and it would be cheaper than taking lessons where I am now because there is no overhead costs. Also the barn has a nice sized outdoor sand ring to ride in.
SOOOOO what do you guys think? Should I go for it?