So here's a little update!:
After my lesson today my parents and I spoke with my trainer (the barn owner) and her mother about Boe. They told me a little bit about the work I'd be doing, what time I'd need to be at the barn, ect. But she said she didn't want to go into too much detail about this offer if I didn't like Boe. So, next Saturday is the day we'll really go into detail and all. Next Saturday I'll ride Boe and have some fun with him, see if I really like him! I'm so excited!
But I got a lot more information about Boe. Boe is definitely 18 years old. He is an OTTB, but his race career was pretty short they said. He does still have a lip tattoo. The reason why Boe is 'green' is because he was left in a pasture for a year or two and not worked with much until he came to my barn about 3 months ago. One of the biggest buying factors for the BO's mother was the fact that Boe is a lot like her old horse named Pooh. (Which is probably why she doesn't want to sell him).
I also got to see some videos of a VERY timid rider working with Boe, and he did just fine for her. (He also has nice movement too!) According to my trainer, the big thing Boe needs right now is just to get worked with consistently so he can build his muscle back up. In the lessons he was ridden in, they mostly worked on ground work and getting him to engage his hind end. She said she doesn't want to see him jumping until he gets back into shape. My trainer really believes Boe could be a great project horse for me, and she believes I'm more than capable of handling him.
Even though I didn't ride Boe today, I did get to meet him in his pasture. He is so CUTE! Ahh he is such a sweet baby. He immediately came right up to us, and never turned his back on us. He seems to be people oriented and very friendly. But of course, I really wanted to get a better sense of how his temperament is, so I did the whole walk around the horse, pet his belly, rub his ears, that sort of thing just to see how he'd react. And for everything he was perfectly fine with! He was especially calm about the ears which is a huge plus lol. (All the horses I've ever ridden get angry over people touching their ears) I really did like him from what I saw today! So I'm very excited about having fun with him on Saturday :)
But yeah, about the offer, my trainer was telling us that we'd be paying for farrier, vet, vaccinations/coggins. We would own him, and what I'm working for is just the cost of what board would be (pasture board, which would be $325. And even though its pasture board, Boe would have a stall in case of bad weather). I will also be given the opportunity to do extra work for lessons, and if I still want to pay for lessons I can ride either their lesson horses or Boe. (Lessons I worked for would all be on Boe ofcourse). My trainer also said that if we accept this offer, and say 2 years down the line we run into issues and can no longer afford him, they'll take him back. She said she doesn't want to dump him on us, which is nice. She also said since its close to winter now, she would go ahead and provide a winter blanket for him as well. They also said that if Boe needs his teeth done they'd also go ahead and pay for that as well.
I hope this offer is good and it all works out. Boe is a sweet horse who still has plenty of potential left in him! (Which, by the way, Boe has been shown as a hunter and jumper in the past) I look forward to potentially owning him!
Also, to make this post even longer, pictures of Boe :p