Am I crazy for looking at this horse? How small is too small?
I got my mare several months ago. She's a doll, a hot head, sensitive and brilliant, gentle all at the same time. I guess that's pretty typical for an Arab though. Anyways, I love my horse, but prior to getting her..she hadn't done much, for her whole life. She's a good trail horse, but we're kind of limited after that. Also...SURPRISE! Noticed right after I got her...she has a massive old injury to a back leg, that while all healed...we're not sure how she'd react to heavy work. Might make her sore or a bit lame. I love this mare, and really plan if at all possible, to have her for the rest of her life. She's the best bud a college student could ask for. And she's a blast to ride..most of the time
Anyhow..the market seems to keep getting worse..and I'm a craigslist addict..and last week, I saw something while browsing. Gorgeous little 6 year old half arab, bloodlines UNBELIEVABLE (think Bask, Khemosabi, Aladdinn, Magnum Psyche). Rides english and western, jumps. The price? 500. And the owner is willing to lease to own or take payments.
My greedy side says "yessssssssss Allie, you have lots of time for the next three months (seriously, now that finals are over, even with working, I still have free time coming out my ears.), and that's in your price range! And pretty! Good confirmation!"
I'm just wondering..am I crazy to be interested at this horse? She's a bitty little thing--14.1. I'm about 5'8", but very thin. Am I downright too big for her? She doesn't look real "refined" in build, but still. Too big? Or would I be okay (I get nervous on horses over 16hh...i start thinking about what falling would be like, and etc etc)?
Also..they say she has to be lunged before riding..should this be a major red flag? I lunge our youngsters--and my horse-- before getting on, but still..should I take taht as a bad sign?
Anyways..anyone ever done a lease to own? How should that work? How many payments?
Just wondering if anyone can smack some sense into me...or if it's a good investment?