Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Australia, Queensland
Ok, so as many are aware I own a beautiful quarter horse Smarty. She's beautiful but very spooky when I ride her so I'm buying a more secure saddle in the next week or two and going to start riding her in my riding vest and riding her threw it.
Ok, so next, I got a new job, which means more hours, more money and I actually finish 2,3 or 4 pm at the latest in the afternoon which means I have time to go out to the horse.
Ok, so heres my problem. My old riding instructor got in contact with me telling me that the owner of a horse named Blacki, was trying to find my number to let me know he is for sale.
Before I had my spine operation Blacki and I were two peas in a pod. I never felt so safe on any horse, we used to go cantering around like hoons, having fun, jumping though he couldn't jump he kinda just stood on the jumps and broke them! He was so amazing I'd offered his owner a million times to buy him off her but she didnt want to part with him though she leased him to the riding club where I rode because she had a family and didn't have time to ride him. And after my operation I wasn't supposed to ride for 9 months, but at about 6 months my instructor let me on Blacki and he looked after me, didn't put a foot wrong. Then the club changed owners and blacki was sent home and I left the club. I got in contact with her and said if you ever do consider selling him please ring me and a year later she has.
Now I am in the position where I could have another horse.
I am in the position to be able to feed both horses, I have all the gear except a bridle.
The owner has offered me a free lease where he stays at mine and we see how it goes and if its just like old times and I feel like its a good move then I have the option to buy him.
Now she wants 1000 for him. He's turning 20 next year, is a standardbred, about 15'3 If I remember correctly, I don't know when he was ridden last but he was a very calm horse so im thinking if I did do a lease I'd lunge him for a week saddles, and gradually get to where I start riding him in the round yard.
Now because of work I feel two horses will be ok, I live 5 minutes from them. But I need more opinions to be honest, im weighing the pros and cons. I was thinking go with the trial and see how it goes for a month and two but what do you guys think? Do you also think 1000 for a 19 year old stb is too much, I know he wont have too many more years but I am able to cope with his aging. I've got so many thoughts, pros and cons, please give your opinions.
Horseriding- The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.