Tango, The Lease Horse
It's funny how things work out. After a month or two having a lame, unrideable horse, I was complaining to the Barn owner where Jingle is that i'm sick of not riding. He suggested I call their family friend, who coincidentally lived across the street and has a horse that she was thinking about selling. I'm not totally prepared to buy a horse at this very moment in time, but I called her anyways, and we set up a time to meet. Enter Tango into my life...
Tango is a nice horse, 9 years old, professionally trained by a cowhorse trainer as a youngster, and then owned by his current owner since he was 5. She's done a little of everything on him, some gymkhana and clinic stuff, but mostly enjoys trail riding. She said he can be a little spooky, and as she gets older the more nervous that makes her.
At the moment I'm kind of stuck in a couple different dilemmas, I don't truly have the money to buy a second horse, but for my mental state I kind of "need" one. I also wasn't sure if I wanted something like Tango - older, push button, go do anything i'd like on, or if I wanted to go for it and buy a cutter. I don't have the money for a finished cutter though, so it would have to be something younger, or inexperienced. Which then leads to another dilemma... will I have enough money to keep a horse in a training program? Probably not.
I decided to half-lease Tango just so I could get my butt into a saddle. His owner is still currently riding him, and I ride him a few times a week. It's been going well - there are definitely things to work on with him - he is pretty locked up on his right side, and doesn't like to pick up his right lead. He's also a little lazy, and a little pin-eared at times, but these are all things I can work through. So i'm having fun picking him apart and putting him back together again.
It's definitely different... riding a horse that isn't yours, that another person is riding. I can "feel" his owners riding every time I get on him. Sometimes that can be a little frustrating because just when he get's something - like his right lead - I feel like the next time I ride him, it disappears again. It sort of feels like i'm paying to train on a horse at times, and I'm not sure if I like that. With a horse you own and solely ride, it's you all the time - ups, downs, training, etc. That is what i've been used too for so long - even before Jingle I always had my "own" horses that I solely rode. So this has definitely been a learning experience thus far!