Some of you have followed my endless questions of whether or not to lease, then whether or not to buy my leased horse, then whether or not to train my leased horse...we've been making a lot of uneducated decisions in the last month.
Thanks for hanging in there.
It became clear to me in the last week or so that we needed to move from the barn where we leased to our lesson barn. The place we were leasing just didn't have enough room to ride. There was a small indoor arena, but no outdoor arena. My son wants to work on jumping, and even though we won't be jumping on our own for quite some time, we needed more space to do some trot poles, etc. Another thing is we really don't know what we're doing, and I wanted to move to the lesson barn where we could take lessons on our own horse. Boarding at the lesson barn also has the option of putting our horse into training full or part time when necessary. Even though the leased barn was way closer to our house, I decided the extra 20 minute drive to the lesson barn would be worth it. And additionally, the lesson barn is busy and social. That's more fun.
So, my decision was to either buy one of the horses we leased that I had fallen in love with and move him to the lesson barn, or to buy a little thoroughbred that was for sale at our lesson barn. Casper, our leased horse, is a very sweet boy and just an all-around nice horse. However, he has never jumped. While he probably could learn, I wasn't sure if he'd like it, be safe at it, etc. I was nervous to buy him and have him trained and then have to resell him (that is why I was asking about training a leased horse).
Gatsby, the thoroughbred, was a horse our trainer knew well as she had helped a client buy him several years ago. The girl was going off to college, and the were really wanting to sell. I don't think he's as well-built a horse as Casper, but he's a proven jumper with a lot of talent and he has a VERY laid-back personality. I originally had decided to wait on buying a horse and continue our current plan of lessons + leasing. However, when I asked our trainer if I was dumb for passing up Gatsby, she said "yes".
He was a great price, and she liked him so much that she offered to give us lessons for free in exchange for her using him for 2 lessons a week for other clients.
So that is the story of how I bought a horse. I guess if it was a bad decision, I will live and learn.
We love him SO much though and the new barn is such a beautiful place.