So after a year of rehabbing my dear Nico, I lost my job and have now sold him. I have several horse options before me and I thought maybe some input would help.
First option is to 'free' lease my friends horse, Scooter. I love him dearly. He is a great ride even if he is a spooker. He is gaited, which I like. I would like to do a few shows with him and gaited horses aren't super popular in the show ring around here. For shoes and maintenence supplements...my free lease costs me around $100/month.
Second option is to start taking lessons. I havent had a whole lot in my life. I am a predominantly western rider. While jumping scares the bejezus out of me, I wouldnt mind learning sometime other than huntseat. Since english lessons are very common around here, I know of 2 places that I can for sure take 1 hour group lessons for $25. I would prefer group anyways as I am not completely being the center of someone attention. Atleast not for long periods of time.
The last option is one that I have done before. I have advertised myself as a 'free to good home' exercise rider. I usually get tons of responses as everyone has too many horses right now. I am a good enough rider to hang in there with the nasties that I usually end up with when I put myself out there like this. Trouble is, I usually end up wanting to buy my own horse after a while. I simply cannot afford it right now.
Right now, I am leaning towards lessons. It wouldnt hurt me at all. I would like to learn something different. For the lessons, I was just wondering what everyone thought of different english disciplines? Im sure that it wont be a super easy transition. Im not a fan of tight clothes and small saddles but hey! Who knows!
I am totally open to suggestions. I am at a crossroads here and just need some direction!