I've had lots of ups and downs these last few years, going from trainer to trainer, barn to barn, while always while having a very tight budget (being young there is so much money you can make with the odd job). Now that I can afford regular lessons, finally have a good paying summer job and found a great coach, both my confidence and riding are flourishing tremendously.
Next spring I plan to show, and so I decided that since I can finally afford it, I'd make my dream come true and lease a horse for a month or two.
I can lease either one of the school horses I ride, or one of the boarding horses. The school horse I ride that I'd probably lease is a bossy gelding, but in the saddle he's great. I trust him completely and I love how he moves. He has so much experience and so is so confident (guess that's why he's so bossy), that I know he'd never spook and throw me off or something like that.
My coach also proposed one of the boarding horses. So far there are two up for half leases, and there may be more come next spring. I'd love to try them out, as I love trying new horses (as long as I feel they aren't too green), but I am worried about leasing someone else's horse. My coach's horses I feel differently about. I know her, I know them, and I know there would never be any problems or drama. With someone else's horse, I'd feel awkward. Here I come to ride their horse who they probably have a great bond with, but need to lease due to financial reasons. And then I am worried they will be super paranoid about what I do with their horse (not that I blame them), and then I'd feel super worried of doing something that would upset them. Then with the school horses it's different. They are ridden by a bunch of people, so I feel the bond and respect I'd try to develop would be more special, and then when I stopped leasing I could still ride him/her. If I leased a boarding horse for a month or two, then I wouldn't be able to ride them afterwards. And I'm scared I'd have developed some relationship or bond, but the horse wouldn't be mine, or even accessible like the school horse. However, I'd like to expand my horizons and try some new horses.
I know it will work out when the time comes, but does someone sort of understand what I am feeling? Or tell me about your good and bad leasing experiences. I haven't been on the forum much these last few months and I feel the need to share and chat with horsey people again. ;)
Thanks for reading!