A year ago, me and my father were on our way to a farm about an hour away to discuss the leasing options there with the barn owner. However, halfway there, she called my dad's cell and he put it on speaker and she basically said, "I have a boarder here who wants to get rid of her horse, and your daughter sounds experienced enough, so I thought you could come look at him."
Well, my dad didn't want to put me down, after letting me hear that on speaker phone, and he agreed. A few hours later, I had a new horse (Fortune) for the price of one dollar (which we didn't really have to pay.) The only conditions for the "transaction" were, 1.) we call the original owner first if ever we wanted to sell the horse and 2.) we keep the horse boarded in the same place.
Now, I know a lot of people who have bought horses without any kind of outside help, and how it goes downhill quickly, but this was actually legit. I was told that Fortune was an all-around easy keeper, and he is, by far. He lives outside and is a happy, healthy liver chestnut gelding. The farm he lives at is 400 acres, and absolutely beautiful. I have a trainer that works with me every Sunday with Fortune, and this past year he's just gotten better and better (incidentally, the trainer is Bob Ciri, if anyone's heard of him...)
But the "problem" is the hour-long drive out to see him.
I ride at another barn too, a lesson/boarding barn, but it's not nearly as nice as the one my horse is at. However, I've ridden there for 10 years now, and I love it and the horses and the people there, and if Fortune was there - a mere 6 miles away - I could ride my bike to see him every day. The BO at the closer barn is also my boss, as I work there, and we've got a really good relationship (she's known me since I was 8) and she has asked about me bringing my horse there.
Still, that leaves the problem of the conditions on which we bought Fortune, and I'm not even sure if it would be legal at this point to move Fortune.... However, I thought it couldn't hurt to ask someone's advice, and I've always enjoyed referring the The Horse Forum so.... If anyone has any kind of advice, I'd really appreciate it! Sorry for the long post and thanks!