Years ago, I used to ride hunter/jumpers. A few years after that, I went through some bad experiences that totally shook my confidence and I was afraid to ride again.
This summer, I decided to lease a trail horse. My goal was to see if I could re-gain some confidence and see if riding could be FUN again.
Well, it's been a wonderful summer! My confidence is returning. Riding is FUN! I'm so glad that I did this. And I am looking forward to getting back to hunter/jumper and will be signing up for lessons again this fall.
OK - so far so good.
The problem is....the horse that I am currently leasing needs to be re-homed. His owner can no longer care for him and the stable where he is residing is closing down... They've asked me if I'd like to buy him.
He's a wonderful trail horse....and I really like him...
Pros - wonderful, healthy, horse with excellent ground manners and sweet temperament. Easy keeper...goes barefoot...currently lives outside 24/7.
Cons - not a hunter/jumper...he's an endurance horse who gaits instead of trot or canter...he's nearly 20...he's a chow hound who would spend his days wolfing down everything in sight if he was allowed.
I do not own any land....I'd have to board him - and wherever he was boarded, they would need to keep a close eye on his access to grass...sort of a problem when looking at pasture board...but I can't see him being happy in a stall at this point in his life...and
My biggest worry is, if I buy him, then I will not have the time or the money to properly care for him AND do hunter/jumper lessons and leasing at another facility...I would have to give that up.
So I'm thinking of turning him down...
But I'm feeling a bit bad about "abandoning" him.
Please tell me I'm making the right choice here?