Okay so here's my story - I started riding at 8 (im 15) I rode english for 2 years, never western, and I stopped riding because a horse starting rearing and kicking another horse in the areana when my trainer left to go get a crop inside the barn, the saddle slid almost sideways and the horse took off with me trying to hold on to the falling saddle and the horses mane. Suprisingly I didn't fall off as the trainer quickly got the horse to calm and took me off. After that I was scared to DEATH to fall off, and I told my mom I wanted to quit. I wish my mom forced me back onto a horse, it wouldv'e made me a better rider and I wouldn't have had such a break from horses like I did, but she let me quit. Well they say horses are in the blood... my uncle is a farrier and boarded horses for over 50 years. He shod the horse Secretariat , and my cousin is the president of the quater house assosication. My mom always used to hang around my uncles barn when she was younger and rode horses herself for a bit, but she hasen't ridden in over 15 years. I know a lot about horses, as I've always loved them, and I love being at a barn. But I always had that fear. Well, a good friend of mine has owned horses her whole life and almost a year ago, forced me on a 3 hour long trail ride. First time I was even in a western saddle. At first I was scared to DEATH, especially since the horses were CRAZY and green as ever. But after the first 5 minutes, it all came back to me. After that I continued to go with her to train her horses, and go swimming with them, feed them, just being around them in general. And 4 months ago I started working at a feed store and I started taking english lessons again. My trainer said, that she can deffiently see that I have ridden before, and she said that I am progressing extremely fast. For my job I went through a TON of training and know about almost any kind of dog, cat, horse, goat, lamb, bird, chicken, etc. feed. My boss also has 4 horses and is very experienced with horses. I feed her 4 horses, almost 3 - 4 times a week and I even trained her gelding (my favorite) to respect me and actually listen to me. He used to take off when he would see anyone (including my boss) with a lead rope, lunge line, halter, and HATES being lunged. So my boss asked me to work with him because she doesn't have time. Well I took time to continuely train him to back up when I put my hand up and say back up (without touching him) and I got him to the point where when I call his name, he will come to me and let me put the halter on. I got him to walk on a leap rope (without taking off). And I got him to lunge consistly. My boss was AMAZED on how good I did with him. I've also ridden a couple of her horses. And so the other day my boss told me how a friend she knows, can no longer afford it. It is a 11 year old saddlebred, gelding. It is a sorrel. She said it is very spoiled and rides english. Well I want a horse that can ride western and english, but my boss said she will get her friend who is a western trainer to help me train him to be able to ride western as well. She said it would be a fantasic beginner horse. And my boss convinced her friend to give it to me for free. Well me and my boss are going to look at it tomorrow and check it all out. I am going to ride it and see how it is and see if it's what I want.
But my question is based on what you just read - do you think I'm ready? I personally do, and I always have my uncle, cousins, friend, trainer and boss for help. But in your opinion?
Also - my friend is kind of a know it all, and her mom is worse. I told them about this horse and they are trying to distract me, saying I should get some horse in another state that is 5 grand. I don't have that kind of money to spend on the horse itself. And if this horse is a good horse, and if it's what I'm looking for, I'm going to take it. But now my friend is all "don't trust your boss, she doesn't know what she's doing, I'll come with you to look at the horse, etc etc" and she thinks the free horse is a bad idea because it's free. But it's only free becuase of my boss being good friends with the owner.
And even though that my friend is experienced, they spend money like its nothing, and they are annoying. If I want this horse, I'm going to get it.I am going to pay 75 a month for pasture boarding. (thanks to my boss, the fee was orginially 125. (until we build our barn and pasture at my house, we have 8 acres) I get discounted hay and feed, which I will be paying for. ( I make about 500 a month) and my mom said she will pay for medical expenses.
So what do you think? And also any advice? Sorry for it being so long.