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        09-02-2010, 12:44 AM
      #131
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
    Chelle

    I read what you write. I do not have any disagreement with anything you have written.

    What horse ownership is all about is: committment by the owner to the horse's wellbeing 24/7 x 52 a year.
    Completely agree.
    And whilst there are "gaps" so to speak when -I- can't be there, I'm lucky to have a situation where another person on the property -can- look after my horses for me (ie feed them hay, check them over, make sure they're okay). It's a far cry better than others over here.
         
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        09-05-2010, 04:45 AM
      #132
    Weanling
    About the taking care of horses when your not their thing would the barn owner count you know like she feeds her everyday anyways?
         
        09-06-2010, 06:44 AM
      #133
    Foal
    This is a wonderful thread. I'm fairly new to the world of horses, but even after the short time I've had to do with them, it's become obvious that most people (at least in my experience) underestimate what it takes to take care of them, love them, and make them feel secure and happy. I definitely did. Every time I have a question answered, it seems like there are hundreds more that pop up, and I can't imagine ever learning enough about horses and their care.

    That said, I've wanted my own horse since I knew what a horse was, and around two years ago I was lucky enough to be able to start riding. I half-lease a horse and have learned a lot even just from that - about grooming, etc. But again, the more I have to do with them, the less I feel I know. I personally am very grateful for any and all advice from horse-wise people, and I do think it's a continuing learning process.

    However, I am glad to hear that many of you are not rich. I mean, for your sakes I wish you were, but in the context of who can own a horse, it actually calmed me down. The career I plan on having (missionary doctor) is not a money-making one, but horses have become my passion, and I definitely still plan on having one eventually. It helps to know that most of you are not deep-pocketed but that you still manage to give your horses the best care. So...I'm not really sure why some people are so negative about this thread being posted, because I actually found it very encouraging. Thanks for being willing to share your know-how with newbies :)
         
        09-08-2010, 05:28 PM
      #134
    Foal
    This is an excellent thread and right on the money. There have been a few posts that have made me wonder how some get dressed in the morning.
    I found myself last summer with 4 horses, a pony colt and a mule. I could afford proper care and all, but I was working 7 days/wk and 2 jobs to do so. One full time, and one part time as a bartender. Not a fun job. So I decided that with the money I could save if I narrowed it down to two horses, I could reach my riding goals. I've always wanted to do reining. So I sold everyone but my show mare, and I bought a reining prospect. It was tough to part with them, but I had to do it for me. Free myself up financially, especially with the changes in my household now, and in the near future. I'm not rich, or even well off. My riding coach says sometimes people don't realize that they can afford their riding dreams if they cut down on their numbers. Quanitity doesn't always equal quality.
         
        09-08-2010, 06:24 PM
      #135
    Foal
    10000000000000000% agree!
         
        09-08-2010, 07:10 PM
      #136
    Started
    I just got my own horse two weeks ago (not really my choice, but in the end it is for the better!). I've ridden/been around horses & great horse people for about 12 years. I've ridden at many facilities, been to countless shows just to watch/learn, and I help a big-ish name trainer in the summer.

    I was well-prepared when I decided to get a horse. The only thing left was to find the perfect horse for me to use for 10+ years. I contacted Vinnie's former owners, and did endless research on him. I went to look at him twice, and considered him heavily for 3 weeks. Finally, I got him. I'll admit most of my paycheck goes to him (which is why I got another job). It's hard... taking jumping lessons, working two horses, working two jobs, and trying to keep up with my college work, but it's totally worth it! There is no doubt that I would drop all my savings on an emergency health bill.

    Ah, my priorities are crazy ;)
         
        09-10-2010, 01:15 PM
      #137
    Weanling
    I think people sometimes look at horses like great big dogs, and say oh what harm would getting another one do. But the truth is every horse you get costs you thousands of dollars a year extra to maintain. They aren't big dogs...they are so much more to take care of. Every little thing adds up really quick especially if you are multiplying it by 2 or 3 or 4 times.
         
        09-11-2010, 10:03 AM
      #138
    Green Broke
    ^ Agreed, I know a lot of people like that... 'Im getting another horse!' 'why?!'. In some cases they are getting looked after but not getting enough emotional care. 'We have a new horse' so the horse they bought last month gets forgotten... :/
         
        09-11-2010, 10:16 AM
      #139
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by speedy da fish    
    ^ Agreed, I know a lot of people like that... 'Im getting another horse!' 'why?!'. In some cases they are getting looked after but not getting enough emotional care. 'We have a new horse' so the horse they bought last month gets forgotten... :/

    I sold my pony last year to a lovely family, who know what they're doing, had two other horses but seemed well onto it... they now have 5 because of wanting to keep the daughter at home by bribing her with new ponies... of course now these ponies are most likely looking at being sold on as a threat too. Whilst these ponies are well cared for, some people forget the reason we have horses... I have had the urge due to being unable to ride much these days (had a significant injury) to take on a younger horse for something to do while I'm out of the saddle. But that's selfish. I have two horses already (selling one as I can no longer ride his movement) and whilst they're cared for, I could spend more quality time with them than getting something new and exciting.

    I really despise the saying some use on most animals *insert animal here* are just like potato chips, you can never just have one.

    But potato chips, and too many of them go to our butts/thighs/whatever prone zone , so why do we wanna overburden ourselves when we could just be happy and devoted to just one!? I cannot wait to have just Honey, despite missing Evo like crazy, I know its best for him.
         
        09-11-2010, 11:15 AM
      #140
    Trained
    I'm sure to some people I shouldn't own a horse, especially not two. But my horses are happy, healthy, and well taken care of. I'm pretty broke right now and have been basically for the last three years. Thankfully my horses are pretty low maintenence and don't cost me very much money (about $1000 per year per horse).

    I'm one of the lucky ones though, my parents own 10 acres of land that already had horses on it. So when one of our old ones died Soda came home to keep Flame company. Flame died and I bought Lily to keep Soda company.

    Financially it's been very difficult at times to take care of the things that need to be done. This year I finally got the money to replace the barb wire fence in the front pasture. It cost me about $500 and two weeks of labor instead of riding, but it needed to be done. My vet and I have a very good relationship. I can call her out for an emergency and I don't have to pay right away. She lets me work some/most of it off.

    Bottom line is I make it work. I can't imagine not having horses, especially Soda, so I sacrifice other things to make sure I can have them.
         

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