I am leasing a horse. I've come to the conclusion that I can afford it.
I am stuck between two horses which today I rode and thought it would be an easy choice but after riding them both, it is not.
Horse number one:
Rocky, a 19 year old Arabian Gelding.
He is boarded at a small private barn about 30 mins away, with just 10 stalls and an outdoor arena.
When I rode him he was very slow/lazy.. granted he has not really been ridden all summer, he was not THAT bad. But his canter was the smoothest thing I've ever felt. I've never felt safer on a horse... I can trust that he will never spook, bolt, bite, kick or buck. That's a nice feeling.
He is 100$/mo for 2 days a week. (or $200 for unlimited days but I don't think I can afford that right now)
The girl leasing him would not be leasing him to anyone else and therefore she is very very flexible with days and very cool about changes, she seemed very laid back and nice.
She offers lessons at 20$/hour (private) but I don't believe she is certified in any way.
Rocky can jump up to 3'
Rocky, being as old and *ahem* slow.. as he is... would be a good safe mount, though perhaps with not so much potential for growth.
Horse number two:
Legacy, an 8 year old Standardbred mare (not an ugly one though.. HAHA)
She is boarded at a much larger barn, yet it is still low key.
They have a very large outdoor arena and a fair sized indoor arena.
It rains A LOT in the winters here, and even snows sometimes... so indoor is a plus.
The woman leasing him is very nice, as are her two girls, who will also be taking care of and riding Legacy. She is also willing to be very flexible with days/times.
They loved the way I rode her (I didn't know I was any good..)
Lessons there are offered at 25$/hour and are taught by a certified instructor.
Legacy is up for $100 for one day $150 for two days... and as far as I know there is no option for more days. I would do the 150.
When I was riding legacy I could definitely tell she was a younger. She was very spooky about a couple things in the ring. Her canter was nice, but she was a bit harder to keep on the track. (I have to give her that she had a deworming thing, and shots and her teeth floated today. SO given her rough day.. she was good)
She has only just started jumping and is somewhat spooked by jumps, so I didn't take her over any.
Anyway, I don't know which horse to pick.
The old safe guy who is cheaper but has no indoor arena, and maybe isn't a very exciting ride
Or the young spunky thing who is pretty eager to please.. but still really spooky and maybe not so safe.. yet exciting! But costs a little more...