I would avoid the situation myself. I think you are asking for heartache and frustration. However, I am a bit torn, since I do feel very sorry for the horses. I am also concerned somewhat that these horses may act very differently when they are well fed and taken care of.
Were their feet done and taken care of? Who takes care of the vet bills, etc? If you DO decide to try it (it IS month to month, after all) then make SURE you get a really good written contract delineating who does what, who pays for what, and a WHOLE lot of "what ifs". For sure, the one horse's contract would have to be signed by the owner, not the BO. Not sure I would trust her as far as I could throw her. Also, with no indoor, just remember you will have many times in the fall, winter and spring when you can't ride, but will still be paying....altho I do know that indoors are not as common in Va-I just had a hard time finding one for the winter myself! Good news is, we will most likely NOT have lots of snow again! BTDT!
Not sure if there are any places in Va where you are that are larger barns with instructors and such that offer leases-they may be more reliable, and you could perhaps do a partial lease to save some$? I hate to see two greenies like you and your hubby go out on your own just yet. I do think you would both do better with SOME support of other owners, etc. It is hard to learn when noone is around who knows much! JMHO
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