Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Jackson, Louisiana
• Horses: 0
Things to do before buying a horse?
I've been looking into getting a horse for quite some time now. I'm 19, and I would say an intermediate rider. I've worked around horses, and had friends who owned horses and mostly ride for fun. No competitions, none of that sort of thing. Horses are just my passion and I've had my heart set on owning one since the day my butt hit the saddle.
I feel like I've been waiting and waiting for the right time, and I'm ready!
I'm not in college, but work full-time, nine to five, monday through friday. Some people think I'm not financially stable enough to own a horse, but that's their personal opinion. I've been saving for a while now and I've saved up to enough to knock out the "initial" costs of getting the horse and I feel like my income is more than enough to support one happy healthy horse.
My dad had a horse once when I was younger, but ended up selling him because us kids lived with our mother in another state and we weren't around much. Now I am back in Louisiana, not living with my dad, but living near by.
My grandparents own a 5 acre lot a few miles outside of town where my dad kept the horse when we were younger. He started to build a barn, poured the concrete aisle and had most of the frame work up, but that's as far as he got and it still stands like that today with weeds growing between the cracks. It's quite sad, because it would have been a beautiful barn. It's pretty big. Five 12x12 stalls and a 12x12 tack/feed room. The lot also has about 6 or 7 pecans trees scattered around. It's a nice looking piece of land, and surely large enough for one horse. (There is also one large automatic stock watering tank that still works, just needs to be cleaned).
But... I have nothing in terms of tack, or equiptment. No shelter (other than the big pecan trees), I'm really starting from scratch here. And I need some advice on where to start. I don't want to jump into a sale and buy my dream horse, and then get him home and be way over my head with things that should have been done before hand.
I feel like I should have some sort of shelter, a round pen or arena, equiptment, etc.
Any advice is good advice!
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."