So I just bought my horse on friday and I love him to death! He is so wonderful, except that he is still young and I can't ride him for about a year. I am boarding at my sis in law's place where she already has a ton of horses. The lady I am taking lessons with has an older horse ,24yrs, (I rode him last week) who has joint problems I guess. She has only had him for about a month so doesnt know too mucha bout him except that he is an ex barrel racing horse who actually had some wins, and that he is very well trained. She is offering to give him to us for FREE because she doesnt have any the space at her stables to board him. Plus she thinks he would be better out to pasture 24/7 so he would always be able to move (unlike in a stall). My sis in law already has many horses and doesnt have a lot of time to take him on, but doesn't want him to be in pain so is willing to take him on possibly if it would be good to have him for trail rides. He would be out to pasture where it gets to be below freezing and he wouldnt have a stall, just some big trees to hide under. The trainer knows this, and yet is saying that that situation would be better for his joints. I just don't know what is the best situation. I know she can find him another home, but it's tempting bc he is really sweet. But I don't think being out in the cold all winter is the best situation for him with joint problems. We think the trainer is just using us bc she knows we care and want to take care of him. Any advice or input?? Sorry so long.