Leasing vs Adopting
So I have been riding for a few years now, and got in to showing a year ago. Not to bash or offend anyone, but I dont see much of a point in paying $300 for a few ribbons, but that is just my opinion :). Then I started thinking about all of the work I put into training, when I am not really interested in showing. Paying lease, lesson fees, trailer and coaching fees add up when I dont want to show. I want to ride for the benefit of the horse as well: to give it exercise and to bond. My trainer is a far way away, and I am leasing a horse that really does not need to be ridden. I then got interested in adopting a horse and keeping it a local, not "commercial" barn near me. I would rather use the money I spend on lease, showing and lessons "not that I would not continue with a coach supervising me" on creating a relationship and giving a horse a better life! I wouldnt plan on showing it, but just riding for the exercise and bonding. And I would not just ride, but do plenty of ground work and just overall bonding. Is this reasonable? Or am I just in over my head? And please no hate! The people on yahoo answers can be kind of rude :). Thank you!!!