I have always dreamt of a horse of my own.
Recently, my lease horse has proven to not be my ideal match currently. His owner has also become far more interested in him--interested to the point that he does not wish to share any longer. They have funds readily available--unfortunately, I do not...
My options are as follow:
Follow my dreams and rescue a horse of my own who either will be or can be trained in my discipline.
-The cost per month of board would range between 250 and 300.
Lease a horse from the barn I would be boarding at and my prior lease horse is at. The horse would likely be in late teens to twenties, trained for western riders and likely a trail horse. This is not my discipline. I am an english rider, aspiring to become an eventer.
-The cost would also be 250 a month.
What am I to do about this situation? I have dreamt my entire life of a horse to call my own--a partner, a best friend. A horse that I would be that too--me, and no one else.
A bit about myself:
I am 17 and do not work. I am enrolled in a college program, so that occupies me until 2 P.M. Daily. I would have ample time to work with the horse as I have a small social life. I spend my time at the barn, with my family, and with my wonderful boyfriend. My families funds are extremely limited, and my mother will likely have to work a second job either way. I love my parents--they would do anything for my happiness. The question is if I can bear letting them.
I have been riding for 10 years and have had instruction from wonderful trainers; my experience shouldn't be an issue.
I plan to go to college less than two miles from my home, and live at home for the two years I am there. However, I would not be doing such for three years or more. I would not have to face the decision to leave my horse behind or abandon my schooling dreams.
The horse I am currently looking at is a rescue. A five year old TB. She was a nurse mare foal, and never raced. I will be meeting her tomorrow for the first time. She is under saddle and a true sweetheart.
So, knowing what you now know, do I invest in a horse of my own for the same base price a month as a lease plus the additional costs--or do I lease an older, less productive horse and spend the time training and falling in love with another horse that could be taken from me in the blink of an eye?
I truly do not know what to do...any opinions or your experiences with costs of ownership is appreciated. Thank you in advance!