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    07-02-2011, 01:55 PM
  #231
Foal
Yes, awesome thread! This is one of the reasons why I am NOT a horse owner. I may have money to go out and buy one, but people need to factor in the amount of money it costs to KEEP one. Boarding here is around $300-$400/month. That's about as much as it is for a small apartment. Little less than half of my mortgage. While I do make decent money at my job, adding on extra bills at this time would not be a smart thing to do. Horses are like kids, they are your responsibility 24/7 and can drain your wallet. I certainly would not want to become one of those that buy a horse and a year later have to sell it because I cannot afford to take care of it anymore.
     
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    07-04-2011, 05:05 PM
  #232
Weanling
Agreed!
I might not be very rich, but I can afford it, and I know that if things really get dramatic and it's going to cost me big bucks, I can rely on my husband to help me out, or my other Savings. (Which of course, we have talked about before even looking for em)

And in the mean time, I'm just spicing up my savings just to have that back up when needed
     
    07-12-2011, 04:25 AM
  #233
Yearling
They also need time, not just money. :)
No point having a horse if you're just going to leave it in the paddock.
I hate it when people only have their horse so they can brag to others. :l
Think about it this way, some kid/person could be riding and giving a horse an fantastic life, when people just have them in a paddock to brag about the fact they have a horse!
     
    07-13-2011, 02:01 PM
  #234
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by herdbound    
I think that people should go and volunteer at a horse rescue to learn why horse ownership is such a big deal. Most of the horses there were never meant to be mistreated. It is sad to see people get in such a mess and have animals suffer when that was never their intention. If you don't have the time to do some volunteer work a day or two a week at a rescue, you really don't have the time to own a horse...in my opinion.
Excellent idea!
On a side note, just checked out your Utube video, herdbound... beautiful! Looks like you put a lot of work into it.
     
    07-14-2011, 11:41 AM
  #235
Weanling
Horses are kinda like having kids...if you really think about ALLLLL that goes into them...geez no one would have kids or horses. BUT it is just really easy to get over your head with horses...I find people buy into a "dream" and when "reality" settles in the horse is the one to suffer. A horse will live for sometimes 30 years or even longer...thats a REALLY long time to be totally dependant on a human being for care. And humans often "outgrow" their horses either in riding level or things just happen in life. We lose jobs, move, go on to school and what happens to our horses? And the time for me is the hardest thing to come up with anymore...money gets tight sometimes...but the time to keep them socialized & well trained takes a lot of energy and lots of time. Sometimes working to just have the extra money to have horses takes away all the time you have to enjoy them :) I don't know just a lot to think about...I say everyone needs to do a BUNCH of research BEFORE getting one and make a good decision on which one to get (thats the biggest mistake people make is they get the worst horse in the world for them because its "pretty") at least if you REALLY understand what you are getting into and you get one you can easily enjoy a lot of the negative forces to be will not be against you...it may work out.
     
    07-17-2011, 08:01 PM
  #236
Foal
I agree withthe overall theme here. My uncle's EX-wife got some extra money and one day her and her friend decided to buy a horse, without telling/consulting with thier spouses. My uncles was furious but tried to make the best out of it, he had some horse knowledge, but a year or two later they had to sell them.
I do not own a horse or farm but my husband and I would love to own a horse one day but I like to be well prepared in advance. We tell our children that if they want an animal they must care for it daily and be responsible enough and horses are a very big responsibility.
Our plan is to start our daughter out in riding lessons, she will be five soon, and if she takes to it then my husband and I will take riding lessons as well. We want this to be a family thing and to learn about the horses together. I have read a lot of feeds on here, which have helped immensely. We want our daughter and ourselves to take these lessons for a year or two, to make sure we enjoy and are comfortable around the horses. I learned about leasing, which sounds awesome as to help us gage our preparedness for caring for a horse troughout the week. There was a thread about hiring a trainer when you get your first horse to help with transition.
So, yes, what you guys are writing is being heard and I have a PLAN. A very long term plan.
Question? What are some good books, I can start reading now?
     
    07-19-2011, 01:46 PM
  #237
Tux
Foal
I agree, leasing is fine, or even just riding period.
     
    07-20-2011, 08:23 AM
  #238
Foal
Thank you!

Quote:
Originally Posted by maura    
Great post; and I completely agree. Bravo!

However, and this is a *big* however - what is the mission and purpose of this board? Is it just a place for experienced horsepeople to network, or is part of its purpose to educate the novice and backyard horse owner?

IF part of the purpose is education (I'm assuming it is, because a lot of members and posters are novice and BYOs) then how do we best reach that audience? We can't educate them if we alienate them first. (I am guilty of this; having recently expressed my frustration in a thread. ) This folks aren't going to get rid of their horses because someone, particularly someone on the internet, tells them they're not responsible enough to have one.

What's the best way to help these novice and BYOs *and* their horses?
Thank you Maura for this post. I am brand new to horse owner/rider. I was attracted to this post because I'm doubting myself for my new endeavor. I understand what everyone is saying and it is unfortunate that there are people who act this way with their horses. I wish I would have listened to my dreams when I was younger but college, starting a family came first. Now that I'm a tiny bit older (tee hee) I am realizing my dream. I too, budgeted, sacrificed other things to put more $ in the horse account. However, I need the advice and education that most of the people on this forum have. A lot of them listened to their dreams when they were younger and now are experienced horse owners. It's hard being a novice. It's easy to quit but harder to seek out help. I'm in that circle right now. Your post helped me move to keep trying!
     
    07-20-2011, 08:38 AM
  #239
Weanling
It must be nice to be perfect, and that is all this forum has taught me. When I was growing up and a lot in my later years I thought posting the trot was for the high end horse riders and horses. My husband and I went on a ride and I was learning to trot and he started posting the trot and I was like where did you learn that and he told me the story and I was like but your in a western saddle and he said he didn't care what other people thought that is how he learned when he was a kid and it was comfortable for him. The point is a lot of you sound snooty and with your attitudes no one would be able to experience how wonderful it it to ride a horse, A lot of parents won't spend the type of money it requires for a kid to learn to ride a horse. I was one of those people who bought a horse from a friend and didn't know that I was being fed a line of bullcrap it took a year for me to find someone to train my horse. I'm truthful with friends when they come over to ride and want to own their own horses, I don't make them feel like they are idiots who shouldn't own a horse.
     
    09-18-2011, 02:35 AM
  #240
Yearling
I agree on some of this but some of it, well its kinda ignorance.
I am buying my first horse now, I have money stashed away for vet bills and every little thing he needs but the thing is, some of the people on here are incredibly rude to others who ask for advice. I read something somene said about how most people just ask so they don't have to do their own research, well I made a post about my new horse that has a pushy attitude at times. Sure, I haven't researched yet but the reason I made the post was to ask Experienced Horse People what they have done in the past, rather then find out from other people who could be wrong, who knows. I think we need to be more willing to listen and understand before judging as I asked for peoples opinion and I had a member tell me that I should buy a dog instead. Not sure where exactly I'm going with this now..
So yes, some people don't deserve to own horses, but there are so many that try, no scratch that, they give their heart and all the coins in their pocket to keeping the horse happy and healthy. So don't judge everyone buy how mmuch money they have.
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