So, here's the situation: I have been offered a free horse. As we all know a horse is never truely free but there is no inital cost for me to take her over. It would be a matter of picking up the bill for her board/feed/etc. I have been riding her for a few months now and am starting to get attached to her. She is 14yrs old and sound/healthy as of today. She can be a bit of a challenge to ride but in a good way that keeps me learning and on my toes.
Here's where I need a smack in the head. My brain is telling me to take the horse that I am familiar with. There is nothing wrong with her and she is already a part of the barn so she has her own stall and schedule. But, I can't help but look at horses for sale. A part of me wants to buy a younger horse with better conformation, breeding, and training. I found three awesome horses for sale in my area right around the $2500 mark. This is obviously quite the commitment on my part so I am trying to see the situation from all angles. What would you do in my place?