Okay, so I've been leasing Major (a handsome, almost 6y/o palomino registered QH gelding) for almost two years now. My instructor credits me with the majority of his training and we've recently started doing more jumping... he's incredible, it's funny because my instructor has always considered him a western pleasure guy but I've transformed him into an up and coming hunter star (let's hope)! :) Anyways, I've gotten really attached and we really have formed a bond. I can't imagine Laura (my instructor) selling him to someone once I stop leasing him.. although she has mentioned that she'd be very happy if he ended up going to me.
So, I've been trying to get my dad on board with this. My instructor has already said that I could work off board (I could work off $214 out of the $265 by just working on the weekends). I also have a part-time job this summer and will be making around $600, which will be okay for a little while so I'll be applying for a more long term job before school starts.
As for university, I plan on either half leasing him to someone that I know will keep up with his training or bringing him with me. (likely the first option)
My instructor wants $5000 for him, which I don't think is too bad. He has great conformation (and placed first in his conformation class in a provincial circuit last summer), has great potential (and is already showing it), is registered and he's just a really nice horse overall. She calls him a diamond in the rough. :)
I just need help with the budget (although I realize that different places have different prices and such). I know that the farrier cost is $80/6-8 weeks, and that vaccinations are around $150/year. I have read costs on dewormer but I'm not too sure overall. I know that horse ownership is definitely not cheap, but where I live, it's definitely not as expensive as elsewhere.
I'm including some pictures of us at a local show last summer (so don't mind my face in some of them haha!)
Thanks in advance for the help! :)