I have to decide whether I want to actually own Lacey or not. My trainer lady does this thing where she'll get a horse for you and then you work with the horse for a year then she transfers the horses ownership to you and she's doing that for me and Lacey. Our year will be up on around July 10thish and so I need to decide whether Lacey is the one for me and if this is a good decision.
I guess the pros are:
We get along really well
She's a super easy keeper so feed costs are less
She likes me
She's really healthy, no arthritis
I'd be following through with my commitment to Lacey
I'm about to start college... probably going to go to community college for the next year or so but after that I want to go to Montana State
I don't have a job and the job market here, even for people looking to take any job they can find, is absolutely awful. I've been petsitting and cleaning houses to make money but that only makes around $100 a month, so I'm not really sure how I'm going to support her in the long run, my trainer is willing to keep paying for stuff while Lacey lives with her but I feel bad about that
My dad is utterly against me even considering owning Lacey (but he's pretty against anything to do with horse industry because "it's a money sink"), my Mom is more like "it's your life"
My trainer lady thinks I should just do it. She was in a similar situation at my age and she gave her horse up only to find him and buy him (he's 34 now) back 12 years later and she still feels awful about those 12 years.
Either way I feel like I'm either breaking the commitment I have to Lacey, since I believe that once you get an animal you should keep it and not treat it like a toy to be thrown away when you're done with it, or possibly putting myself in a financial pickle. Lacey and I don't really have an inseparable bond yet it's more like one of those that has yet to blossom.
I'm inclined to just go for it and trust that it'll work out...
I dunno, I guess what would you do in my shoes?