Bumping this up because I cannot get this little TB Gatsby off my mind. We both rode him at lessons this week. Apologies to the 40's group because I posted about this in our thread as well. And y'all have given me great advice there; I'm just updating here for those who aren't lucky enough to be 40 yet.
Yesterday I messaged our trainer and asked if I was being dumb not buying Gatsby for Evan and she said yes.
I fully trust her, I do. I will not buy a horse just because she says so, but if she thinks it's a good idea, I'd be much more inclined to do it. I truly think she cares about her clients and Evan and she's not just trying to make a buck.
The more I know Gatsby the more I like him. He's just so CALM and he is more trained that Casper. The trainer and I are going to talk about it today. I have a big list of questions for her. Feel free to add to my list. I'm going to ask:
- Could Gatsby ever become the all-around horse that Casper is? Could he trail ride, just hack around, wear a western saddle, do open shows, etc.? I know she's just be predicting, but since he's been there in training about 6 weeks I think she knows him pretty well.
- Is Gatsby an easy keeper? Casper is...other than having his teeth done, which I think is normal, he is barefoot and hasn't had issues in 3.5 months we've leased him.
- What are the barn rules? When can I ride? Can friends ride with us? Can we ride outside? (I think they own the hay field behind their barn, for example)
- If Evan and I want to ride together, can I ride one of the lesson horses or do a partial lease on a lesson horse?
- Would he have to be stall boarded with turnout or is pasture board an option? All of her current boarders are stall boarded w/ turnout, but two of her own horses + one lesson horse are in a pasture with a walk-in shelter. I think this is a better arrangement for horses. The other boarders mostly have horses that I call "pampered show babies" that live in a heated barn that is cleaner than my house.
I'm starting to realize how much my son enjoys the social aspect and just the business (busy-ness I mean) of the lesson barn. It's a VERY nice barn with a huge indoor arena and a nice outdoor area. Our current barn has a small indoor that he's bored with an no outdoor arena (although there is a huge pasture). The lesson barn has several kids my son's age that ride. If we don't end up w/ the TB maybe what I need to think about doing is buying Casper and moving him to the lesson barn.
Thanks for listening to me think out loud! I really do value your input and consider what you've said!