I am unsure why I am even considering this idea but I still have yet to find peace with an answer. So I come to you, oh wise, blogger buddies. For your infinite wisdom and advice. I was not seeking this situation out by anymeans. I mean this year Steady seems to finally be exactly where I want him. He going wonderfully in every which way. Dressage, stadium and cross country. All the work for over the last 3 years finally has culminated and I am finally the owner of an amazingly respectable event horse. I started with an $800 off the track career race horse and now have a quite valuable, lovely, brave and solid event horse. So of course now is the time that a 16 year old girl fall head over heals in love with my horse and wants him. She wants to go far, as far as she can go and she knows Steady is the kind of horse that can take her there. She is a fabulous rider and even had a chance to ride him while we were at camp.
We are tossing around the idea of a lease, sort of agreement. I would still be able to ride him when I wanted and she would start at BN and move up the levels with him as they progressed. We talked about a year and then depending on how it goes she may buy him.
He his my baby
I don't like sharing
He would be over an hour away
He may be returned to me older
She may end up buying him and then my guy is gone
She could move up levels faster than I while he is still in his prime
He would be boarded during the winter months and stay in work
It would be super cool to watch him fulfill her dreams
He could most likely take her to Prelim, where she wants to go ( I never care to go that far)
I could take on another OTTB project
So having never done something like this before I feel like there are many things I am missing. So give me your thoughts and opinions. Would you do it? Why am I even considering this?
BTW I just had a fabulous ride on him. He is so much fun to ride now. I worked hard to get him there and I feel like I just need to reap the benefits of all that hard work and enjoy the ride I have now.