thanks for price estimation, don't know if i can do the higher part of the range, or the lower for that matter, but we'll see. at the barn i ride at if you lease a horse you can't do trail rides, which i love, so that would be a big part in determining if i would get a horse, if i could do trails with it. and i really don't want to switch barns, the barn i'm at now is so extremely nice to their horses. they (all horses, lesson horses included) are let out every day (weather permitting) and all the horses there seem to be in great health.
there is this one horse that i have been riding for like 3 years strait, i haven't really ridden any other horse. his name is sampson and he's 15ish hands? bay, no idea what type of horse though. he used to be owned by somebody, and they were trying to lease him because they needed the money and i rid him then for my lessons...long story short, he became a lesson horse. do barns ever consider selling their lesson horses? i know him and he has no vices and is sound and is good most of the time (does lunge for his grain at the end of the lesson ;0 ) and i really like the way he rides and i could def. become a better rider on him because he can do jumps over 3 feet and i'm still at 2' 6".