Possibly half-leasing for the first time
I havent been around for a while, but I could use some advice.
My trainer told me last year that I would be ready to move up to a (half-)lease or my own horse. Now I am in a position financially and time-wise to consider a half-lease seriously and I have spoken to my trainer to set up a time to ask her all my questions.
When I asked my trainer about it another lady at the barn overheard and said she's looking for someone to cover the other half of her daughters horse, who is on a half-lease with another girl already.
The horse is a total sweetheart, schoolmaster who has competed in jumpers up to 1m and was the babysitter for the then 10-year-old daughter. I've ridden him a couple of times in lessons.
The thing is, although he's rationally perfect for me, I never really 'clicked' with him. I know i'll come to love him with time, and its definitely not a reason to turn him down, but should I try other horses first?
There is another horse (mare) that I ADORE, I'm pretty sure she's my once in a lifetime horse. Ive ridden her a couple of times (walk-trot only) and she's a talented jumper. She has been away for almost 2 years for breeding, but she's due to come back soon and the owner has said he would look at selling or leasing her. She's less of a schoolmaster, but well trained anyway. Right after she left I mentioned to my (previous) trainer that I would love to lease/buy her and she was hesitant due to my skill level, but I have 2 more years of lessons under my belt now..
Do I mention horse #2 to my trainer to see what she thinks? How can I mention it without sounding like I read too many 'girl tames wild mustang because they have a CONNECTION' stories? I dont want to sound ungrateful for the opportunity of horse #1 either...
tldr; Looking at leasing, have been offered the 'perfect horse' but am not sure i connect with him. Theres another 'greener' (9 y/o, well-trained) horse that I'm in love with. How do I mention this to my trainer?