adopting a senior horse
Hi everyone, this is my first post on this site and i have a few questions that need answering.
I do not have a horse right now, I have been taking lessons (once weekly, no discipline yet)with a great trainer. this post may seem a little scatterbrained, sorry in advance!
1) In the future (no time soon as im still learning) i would really like to adopt a senior horse, maybe around 17-20 years old from a rescue agency. My biggest problem is that i have a full time job as a vet tech, i work 5 days a week 11+ hours every day and the only days i have available to ride are wednesday and sunday. occasionally i get a saturday off. I do plan on boarding. I dont know if they include grooming at the ranch i go to, which may be a problem as well. as of right now, riding is a stress relieving hobby. Im taking lessons so i learn good riding and care, but eventually i want to do nothin more than to trail ride a few hours a few times a week, maybe get in some arena riding for 30 minutes every saturday if i can. Would it be a better idea to adopt an older horse who would benefit more from the lighter riding(side note, i only weigh 110 on a bad day, 5'8"), or should i get a younger horse around 10 who i could lease out to someone a few days of the week so they get more exercise? Of course this may change in the future, but my work is so physical and taxing as of right now i feel that i dont want to do much in the way of really intense disciplines.
2) im in the bay area, how much do people around here pay on average for a barefoot trim?
3)My trainer has been working on my form and such, and its a small ranch so she does not have a lot of free time, but i really want to learn more aboput tacking up, grooming, stall cleaning, etc. I am too afraid to ask her because she is always so busy! how do i go about learning this stuff without being a bother to anyone? I am reallllly introverted and self conscious i have a hard time putting myself out there...
Im sure i have more questions but i can't think of any at the moment. Thank you for your time and wisdom!