With this, I have been seriously thinking of being co owner for the tennassee walking horse, chance. We (the festivalk I volunteer at) got him off craigslist for 300 dollars. It was either that or ship him to the meat market.
We have had him for the past year and a half, and since then I've worked with him, ridden him, bathed him, and done everything a normal owner should. I know his personality, and the things he needs work on including all of the things he is good at.
He is a sweet boy, little spooky, little high strung, very go oriented. I can handle his spooking, and he listens to me as a rider. We are getting better on the ground. I know my faults as a rider, but I am serious about learning and growing.
The only problem is, he has a gimp and a scar that opened up, but healed again. It was told to me that there could be chance that he may only be around for a little while before needing to put him down.
I understand that risk, and I am willing to do all I can to make him happy and healthy.
What makes me double guess my want to co own, is the fact that I cannot see him every day. I may be able to see him on the weekends. Where he lives now, he gets taken care of, fed, and has a pasture mate, but he isn't used. I also worry that I may be turned down because my instructor doesn't think he is the horse for me. I want to get him a new saddle, I want to get a vet and a farrier out for his feet and work on his gimp and scar. But I don't want that to feel used for my financial abilities. If I own him, it won't feel like I'm being used.
I would rather adopt him so to speak, than have to get another horse, haul it to the grounds and deal with more herd shifting and potential vet bills. He's comfortable where he's at, he has his place and he's happy.
I love the boy to death, and already got him a halter and lead rope for our ground work together.
So, would co owning him be a right decision?