Ive been living in a renovated farm house for the better part of 3 years. My partner and I both love living in the country and managing the yard/house. We do have a barn with 3 stalls and about 140 acres of unfenced rolling prarie land. Today at work, I was approached by a acquaintance with a problem. She has been boarding a 20ish y.o. Horse an hour away for the some time, and can no longer afford to keep it there. SHe doesnt want to get rid of the horse but understands that she is a college student (as am I) and may not be able to keep it. She heard that I had a barn and land and wanted to ask if I would be interested in having it. I told her im not interested in owning it but may be able to house it for free. I've always wanted a horse, had one as a kid but never actually had to care or maintain a horse. Im willing to put a few hours a week into maintaining but don't fully understand what that may be. I do have a fenced in area around the barn that accounts to maybe a 100x100ft open area (total area around the barn)
Cost wise she's quoted us a total of about a thousand a year, 200$ for a 1 time vet visit yearly, 365$ for nov-march hay (.5 bale/day). 196$ for april-oct hay, 336$ for food at 28/month, and 180 a year for trimming at 30 every 2 months.
Im strongly considering it on the basis that I love horses and am prepared to care for it. My current stance is that I would only pay for food or hay and have her take care of the rest on contract. Im looking for advice on things I should be weary of. If anything is throwing up gigantic red flags to any of you, and what you all would do in my situation. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
For the record its a registered appaloosa, all materials (brushes/saddles/water/feed bin) would be supplied