Thank you all for answering! My parents do have experience with horses. We had two horse when I was a baby, and they had one horse before that who was drugged and so they had to take back to the seller. One of the horses we kept was a mare and a bit ornery, and the other was a sweet old quarter horse named Jake who was bomb proof. We've found a boarding place right across the street that fits us and has a very sweet owner with horse experience. We can afford a trainer to work with me, and are aware of all the costs and time it will take to take care of a horse. Also, with the horse that we leased he had foundered before, and honestly, I loved him, but we could not ride him as often as I would have liked. Along with that, he hoped once while I was riding him. I held on and probably would have ridden him for longer to get a hold of him and back to normal, but my dad decided that that will probably be it for the day once I had circled him. He was also barn sour and would charge into the stall. I would try to lead him back out and in again, but it was both a combination of his bad behavioural issues and that he could not ride. I learned a lot from it, but looking back on it the final straw was that he had foundered and kept losing his shoes, losing another week of riding. He could still ride without pain, but on some days he clearly was in pain. I do not know if that changes anything, or explains a bit more, but to say the very least the horses we look at now walk into the stall like a dream haha.
On the 3.5-year old, she has been trained by a 23-year old woman who said she has ridden her every day for the past year. She had actually been out in the pasture for two months when sold to the buyer who is selling now. That being said, they took her out on the street, and the woman asked a girl who had never ridden her before to ride her. She got up on her, they cantered down the street and back with no problems at all. We also saw her load off and on, she just takes a little time getting off and prefers to face forward, as she was used to the little two-horse trailers. I do not think she has been ridden English, but I could ask again.
I have ridden on trail rides before, a lot of groups, and one on your own type adventure with my dad and a trainer and his wife. I would love to do that type of option, and this horse has definitely done this before. The type of riding I had done for a while was basics that slowly moulded into English dressage. Thank you so much again! This has definitely given us a lot to think about.
Also, with college, the places I have been looking at do offer boarding close to the campus. Along with that, I am willing to work as hard as possible to do everything I can. You only live once. I have taken some AP classes already so I know the day to day work I will have to work on. In addition, with band, I am not greatly motivated by it. I just love the community that comes with it, and it gave me someplace to call a second home. I am not extremely talented in the field, but I do devote some time to it. In my mind, it is a lot like a very time demanding hobby than a life. I don't know if that makes sense, but it is the closest I can come to it. I am just one of the only leaders in the percussion section and will be the main section leader for the drumline this upcomming year. I would have to take some careful planning into accord, but I do know at least one person in band has horses. Along with that, my mom has expressed interest in the 3.5 year old and riding her.
Last edited by Dawnfur01; 01-18-2018 at 03:17 PM.