Anyway, I`ve been trying to figure out a way to afford a horse for a year now. I`ve been riding on and off ever since I was 6 (I`m 15 now) and I know all the costs and commitment associated with caring for a horse.
I`m positive of getting a job when I`m 16 (I`m also a soccer player and my coach knows a lot of people. One person actually offered me a job because he thought I was 16.) but until then I would either need to find a place to board for free, or partial lease my new horse out to someone. The obvious problem with that is how do you advertise a lease on a horse that you can`t get until you know someone will lease him? And none of my friends that know I wouldn`t suddenly change my mind and decide not to buy a horse, love them and want to ride like I do. Oh and free board isn`t exactly true I found a place for 70 dollars a month that I could afford but they have no amenities at all and I would have to ride down the road! Not particularly safe.
The agreement between me and my parents is I pay board, they pay vet, farrier, and deworming.
I guess basically I`m asking what you would do if you were a horse-crazy girl in this situation?
Oh and do you think it would be hard to lease out a trail horse? I might be able to find an inexpensive horse that had been started over jumps.
Also I know all about getting a WRITTEN contract for the lease. My trainer has told me some horror stories about people who only got a verbal agreement.