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    02-15-2010, 08:00 PM
If you can't handle a thread full of good and understanding advice how would you expect to handle the responsibility of caring for and committing to a large, expensive, time consuming animal?

I hope for the horse's sake that you wait until you're older and more mature to make such a big decision.
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    02-15-2010, 08:21 PM
Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
I hate this forum, you all are a bunch of snobs
I think that's the first time I've ever been called a snob...LMAO!! If suggesting that you attain some work experience before you commit to such a large responsibility makes me a snob than so be it. I would rather learn wether or not I could handle the work load before I make the commitment. That's a lot of your parents money you are wanting to spend.... money they WORKED for. The best way to prove to your parents that you can handle it is by showing them you can before they fork it over.

After that last post though... please put off your decision for a few years. A horse would depend on you too much for you to be so flighty about it.
    02-16-2010, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
I hate this forum, you all are a bunch of snobs
ok, you posted this post and asked for advice, so you got it. And every piece of advice that has been posted has been good and realistic. Some of us have been in the equine industry for decades and so KNOW a lot about horses. You, however have been riding on and off for three years! And you clearly said that your were unsure about your love of horses, if you keep changing your mind then the animal that you may buy will suffer and become neglected. Do you want that?
I stand by what I said in my first post:-

Originally Posted by speedy da fish    
I don't think you should buy a horse if you keep changing your mind, its not fair on the animal. You have only been riding for three years and therefore have little experiance in horsecare. I was riding for 10 years before I got my horse (4 months ago) and im learning every day even though I thought I had prepared everything before he came home.
Keep taking lessons (like Speed Racer said), then if you get bored again then there is no real harm done. Try doing client shows/ competitions of your stables do them and see how you feel competing, if you want to go further then lease a horse first, keep the horse at a barn on livery then you will have a little help with the care side of things and there will be plenty of people to give you advice. Good Luck x
this and all the other post posted were good advice and if your are too naive to see that then, no I do not think you are ready to own your own horse yet, please lease one first before you make a purchase.
    02-16-2010, 07:29 PM
Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
I hate this forum, you all are a bunch of snobs
We are a bunch of snobs because we said you arent ready for a horse? You asked for advice they all gave it to you. If you think we are all snobs why bother to even post a thread when all you want to hear is "Yes you should get a horse"?
    02-16-2010, 08:12 PM
Even though you have probably left and won't read...

A friend of mine always went through phases of loving horses and wanting she got sick of him...sold him. Then she got obsessed again..bought another horse, got sick of her, and sold her. It wasnt fair on the horse or her parents.

Work at a yard until you realise the full extent of the responsibility.
    02-17-2010, 01:34 AM
LOL this thread. I think everyone here has given really good advice and I agree with them, you don't seem near ready for owning a horse. If you are off and on about your interest in horses, if you can't take constructive feedback, if you get emotional and confused, you are not ready. I would recommend taking more lessons and working at a barn doing barn chores such as feeding, stall cleaning etc. Give yourself some time to settle on yes or no before you decide what you want. Nobody here is being snobby, we are speaking on the best interests of a horse that might suffer the consequences if you buy it and then tire of it.
    02-17-2010, 10:07 AM
Horses aren't like video games or barbie dolls that you can play with when you want, then ignore when you don't. I say with my horse I give up about 75% of my time to him. The rest goes into school and work. It's very time consuming, and it's a heavy commitment.

For me the time and commitment is well worth the satisfaction I get from being with my horse, and I never get bored of my horse, never.

It doesn't seem like owning a horse would be right for you, I'd suggest keeping up with the lessons though.
    02-17-2010, 10:14 AM
Why don't you just wait a few months and see if you still want one?
    02-17-2010, 11:10 AM
Oh boy... Well, I'm sure she's gone by now, but I don't think the OP understands the dedication and commitment involved in owning your own horse. You can't just "play" with a horse when you feel like it, and ignore it when you're busy doing other things. If she's been taking lessons for the last three years, it's time to start working around the barn to understand what it takes to actually care for a horse. Many leasing programs are often nothing more than extra rides during the week, and offer no additional insight into horse ownership. Are you prepared to be out at the barn at 1:00 AM if your horse colics? Are you prepared to care for a horse that is lame for a few weeks, unable to ride, that may need bandaging, soaking, etc? Are you willing to learn about nutrition and health to make proper decisions about your horse's care? Even when boarding, you don't get to just dump your horse on a barn owner and expect someone else to handle the care and management of your horse. Judging from other threads started by the OP, there is little understanding of horses beyond using them in riding lessons. I truly hope that "Daddy is NOT convinced" and does not allow the OP to have her own horse, that will most likely end up neglected and dumped in a quick sale in a year.
    02-17-2010, 11:45 AM
Well I agree with what has been said. You have to be ready to give up everything for a horse and do what is best for it. And if your not... you shouldn't have one. Im 21 and have had horses my whole life. And never once have I questioned my love for them. I have my own place with 4 horses. And let me tell you. There are many weeks I eat nothing but ramen. While my horses are out in seeded pastures with hay in front of them 24/7 and the best feeds. Are you willing to do that?

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