I went to go look at Dragon today, he is a 15 year old Oldenburg gelding. He's a free lease with the option to buy. I pay for board at my barn (so we can go trail riding with my husband and Java) and farrier. Otherwise, he'd be $150 a month at her house. The option to buy will be there throughout. The first lease contract will probably be for three months.
So basically I will be paying $200 plus farrier costs (he's barefoot) a month for him. I have all the tack and enough headstalls and I think they'll fit him without a problem. If they don't, I may look into buying a new saddle.
He is a dressage horse by trade, but enjoys trail rides. She is getting into eventing and out of dressage, and he doesn't enjoy jumping. So Dragon hasn't been worked as much as he would like. He really hasn't been ridden on a regular basis for about a year, so these photos don't show his full potential.
He's about 150 pounds under his normal weight, but regular riding will put him back up to that weight.
Give me your opinions on the situation and critiques on the horse. Thanks!
P.S. - Ignore the hackamore. We couldn't find a bridle and bit that would fit his face, so we used what worked. I rode him, then the owner rode him and I took these photos. I am also aware (as is his owner) that his feet need to be seen by a farrier, he's coming out this week to do Dragon's feet. I also apologize for the dark photos. We went to look at him at nearly 9 p.m. so it was just getting dark.