I found an ad at my local tack shop about a Thoroughbred cross gelding that was looking for a new home. I run a summer camp for girls and I also offer boarding year-round. I need a new camp horse, but I'm still wary.
I went to see this horse on Tuesday. Lincoln is sound and vaccinated, and all vet/farrier bills have been taken care of. He is five years old and is green in Western riding, which is what my campers learn. He is also a bit high strung and temperamental, but he has nice ground manners and is very sweet. He has potential and is offered at an affordable rate, but there is no way he'll be ready for a rider by the end of July, when all of the campers arrive.
Lincoln has been broken into an English saddle and has been jumping for the past six months. He'll need at least a year being schooled under a western saddle. I'm not sure I can spend so much time working with a horse that won't be ready for riders by this summer, but I've tried finding other horses within a 200-mile radius, and I'm hopeless.
Any advice or ideas?