I've been reading through and getting some great info so I thought I'd join to ask this question. I rode for about 18 years and then haven't very much in the last 10 years. My daughter is now 8 and has started riding and I would love to get back into it with her. We have a working 8 acre farm with the possibility of acquiring another 6 acre field next door (we have chickens and sheep). I would love to add a horse to our pastures and build a ring so we could have an instructor come to the house and teach my daughter and I and possibly my husband as well (and maybe my son as he gets older). We're comfortable with the daily upkeep and expense of the animals but I am trying to figure out the best way to have a horse here for our use. We have a trail system around our house and I would love to have a horse for basic pleasure riding, trail riding etc. Nothing too competitive for now. I have seen some talk on sale sites about off the farm leases where horses can be boarded at the leassee's barn near their house etc. What I'm wondering is if it makes sense to try to find a situation where we offered free board to someone for their horse on our property in exchange for us leasing the horse for our own lessons and riding. Would this be an even exchange board for lease or should I be expecting something else? I assume we would take care of vet and farrier bills etc, is this accurate?
I'm just curious what your thoughts are on this kind of situation. I don't know a lot about purchasing a horse and I thought this might be a great way to make sure my daughter stays interested and learn what we are looking for in a horse without the upfront cost.
Thanks for any responses!