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post #1 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Plan To Get My Own Horse

Hi everybody I am new to this site. I am 15 years old and have loved and ridden horses since I was little. I used to have a lease horse when I was younger and rode him for probably 4 years and we did little shows together and all sorts of funs stuff. Then family stuff happened and I couldn't ride him anymore. So I have been riding friends horses whenever I get the chance. It is my dream to finally have my own horse, and I am finally having lessons.

I ride an awesome barn focused on hunters/jumpers. My trainer is amazing she has trained and ridden at the Grand Prix level for over like 35 years. So far I have had four lessons, I catch, groom, tack by myself and so far I know how to walk, sitting and posting trot, and I am improving at the canter. I have ridden before at all the gates that is why I am cantering so early on. I plan on continuing lessons.

So I guess what I am asking is If I:

- Continue with 1 hour lessons twice a week
- get a job/voulenteer at the barn doing barn chores and taking care of horses
- Learn everything my mind can absorb about horses

Do you think by maybe next summer that I could finally own a horse of my very own?

Also I know that most people have been consistantly riding for like 3-5 years before they get there own horse, but I am fifteen and don't want to wait untill I am in my twenties to get my horse.

Last but not least, I know all of the costs and time horses require I will be able to drive next summer and the barn is only 10 min away from my house, so transportation isn't a problem. And my family can afford it thanks to my supportive dad and Awesome! Retired grandparents. You do not know how thankful I am that they are supporting me like this.

So please give your input
Oh and this is a pic of me and my lesson horse Cheyanne
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 04:24 PM
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As long as you know the amount of time money energy blood sweat and tears that goes into it I do not see why not. But you are also going to be starting college in a few years. What would you do with you horse then? This is something you will have to consider. Along with finding a place to board, a vet, a farrier, etc. Yes horses are pets but they are also VERY long term investments. It seems that you know what you are doing and are really into this. I may be saying things that you already know, but I just wanted to give an input since you asked. Best of luck!

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!
I plan on boarding at the barn I am taking lessons at, and actually I want to get a degree in equine training and management. In my head it all makes sense I would bring my horse with me to college and work off my board at whatever stable we are at. Who knows if that is actually a good plan though.
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Good for you knowing what you want to do at 15!! I am 23 and just graduated and still have no clue! I know that some schools that offer equine majors allow students to keep their horses on campus, Delaware Valley in PA is one of them and Johnson and Wales in Providence is Rhode Island I believe does too. But those are far from Washington.

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post #5 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 04:36 PM
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Anything is possible, you sound pretty level headed with great parents and g-parents! I've known a lot of people (many many moons ago) when I was in college that brought there horses along. And they were not rich by any means, they just really wanted it and made it happen. I wasn't that far from home so I left mine at home and came and visited!
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 04:37 PM
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Sounds like a good plan to me! I did something similar to you when I was around your age. Worked at the barn 3-4 days a week in exchange for lessons, rode all I could and learned all I could. I didn't intend to buy a horse while I was a teenager, but unexpectedly I did when I was 17. The best advice I can give you is to learn to ride all different kinds of horses, observe riders who are more experienced than you, don't rush into buying a horse, and get your butt in the saddle as often as possible. :)

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post #7 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 08:59 PM
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Thanks!
I plan on boarding at the barn I am taking lessons at, and actually I want to get a degree in equine training and management. In my head it all makes sense I would bring my horse with me to college and work off my board at whatever stable we are at. Who knows if that is actually a good plan though.
It can be hard to find a stable that'll actually let you work off board. You have to consider what you will do financially if you have to pay out cash. Its great if you can work it off but you have to be able to afford it independent of that also just in case.

The first year of college can be really busy and stressful. You might want to consider leasing until you are through your freshman year since that's coming up very soon.

Other than that it seems like you've thought it out more than a lot of people when they go get a horse. Good for you!
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-02-2011, 02:39 PM
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congrats! The one piece of advice that i'd like to offer is that you be very careful when choosing a horse. Green horses and novice rider combinations often end up in frustration all around! Make sure to bring your coach (or some other horse-savvy person that you trust) with you when you're ready to buy! Good luck!
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post #10 of 17 Old 09-03-2011, 11:07 PM
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I have a very similair story, but not really the funds. I was told that if I bring hoem straight As I can lease a horse :)

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