The reason I mention getting out of the lease is that her friend (who boards her mare at the farm next door) wants to "offer me her horse for free." At first I thought that meant a free lease like I was going to end up doing with Spree, but now I'm thinking she means offer me the horse to OWN for free. I think my mind just exploded a little. I think the mare's been for sale for a while, and apparently she just wants to find her a good home. She's a lovely, tall chestnut TB who's about 17 year old (I think). I believe she's had her for sale for about $1300? What I know: she's trained in dressage, very quiet and responsive, great ground manners, and obviously has a lot of mileage under her belt. I met her one day when we walked next door, and she's a sweetie.
Obviously, I'm going to call and chat with this girl a bit more. I'm totally intrigued, but OMG! First of all, I have never owned a horse before. Secondly, I'm on a fairly set budget. I do freelance writing work that enables me to afford leasing Spree, but I don't how much much beyond that I could swing. This mare is stall boarded now, and I don't think I could afford that anywhere nearby. The place I was going to move Spree to eventually is about $100/more a month for stall board than my current budget allows for. I'm a firm believer in pasture board, but how hard is it to transition a horse from stall to pasture board?
Also, even if someone were to give me a horse and I could afford it now, we're not planning on living in MI for more than another year, then we're trekking back across the country to CA. There, boarding is outrageously expensive (I've checked), we'll be moving home with no set jobs...
ALL advice and input gladly welcomed.