Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
If you have the money to buy him, and you want to, then why don't you offer them a price? Market value (ie. don't try and get a good deal - it can just come across as insulting).
If the kid isn't that into it the parents probably know, and probably don't want to keep forking out the money.
They may not have made the decision to sell, but if you offer them money, a quick sale and a good home then they may very well consider selling him. I got my first horse by putting a wanted add in the local paper. The owners told us that they weren't thinking of selling, but that they saw the add and the horse sounded perfect for us.
Even if they don't want to sell him, they'll keep you in mind if they ever do consider selling him, and they'll ask you first.
If you do make them an offer though make sure it is a serious one and one that you are willing to follow through.
In your situation though, the bottom line is you have put heaps of work into a horse and at any moment the owners might sweep him and take him, sell him, move him etc. For this reason I don't lease.