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        08-25-2014, 09:57 AM
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    Wow! What a great response, and I thank everyone for taking the time to give me excellent answers.

    So, what I got out of this forum question I asked, is....

    I think my dream of owning horses would be better to just own one or 2 of my own. That probably will be alot more fun. Because of my lack of experience I won't be able to spot problems with a boarded horse. I will do alot of research of just keeping a couple horses at my home for my own sake. It will take a couple years before any home ownership of horses. I am a planner and want it done right the first time :)

    Maybe for now, I will lease a horse and get myself more familiar with horses. And take riding lessons with that horse.

    I call Northern Wisconsin, Superior, WI..... Next to Lake Superior
         
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        08-25-2014, 10:14 AM
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    Good ideas! I would say look into riding lessons first, and after you have some experience have your trainer help find the ideal lease horse.

    On the note of keeping one or two horses on the property- horses are herd animals. They generally do not do well when kept alone, so plan on getting at least two if you're keeping them on your own property. This way the horse will have a buddy.
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        08-25-2014, 09:30 PM
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    We are neighbors! I live in South Range. I jokingly call it a "suburb" of Superior.

    I highly, highly recommend West Amity Stables in Duluth. Great trainer/instructor, amazing horses. Full and partial lease horses are also available. :)
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        08-25-2014, 10:07 PM
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    I think your current plan, of waiting a few years and educating yourself, is probably the best thing for your own happiness.

    But, I wanted to add my own experience to the others - I've had nearly the exact opposite experience than a lot of the other posters. I'm sure it's pure "luck" that's made it work out, but it has worked.

    I board at my neighbor's house. We live semi-rurally [in the midst of one of Oregon's larger cities, but up on a hill that was 90% undeveloped until 15-ish years ago - there's lots of forest and pasture, etc].
    I needed a place to move my horse asap - I was boarding her at a friends house and it was getting badddd. It was either find a new, cheap, place or sell my horse for her safety.
    In looking at my options, I remembered that these neighbors had had horses around, but that was years and years ago. So I went over there to ask - expecting a no.

    Long story short, it turned out that their grown daughter had owned those other horses as a kid and the pastures were now free for use. The owners, my neighbors, didn't know anything about horses but they loved the idea of putting their land back to use, so they offered me the pasture for free - in exchange for doing light maintenance/watching their house when they go out of state.

    I've been there for about 5 years and the land is basically "mine." It isn't, of course, but I'm allowed to do -basically- whatever I want. I still check in with them before making real changes because that's respectful, and it's definitely rough board, but it's working out really well for everyone.

    I suppose the one downfall of my situation is that it's literally like I have a horse [and goats, I got a pair of goats to keep my horse company] at my house. There's no going a day without checking on them, no long vacations, no respite if I'm sick, I'm stuck carrying water -alone- when everything freezes in the winter and the water is shut off...etc.
    But that's ok. I really like the independence I have with this option and, let's be real, I think the control-freak in me is going to have a real issue when I have to hand over feeding/watering/turnout to anyone else.

    The property owners are really wonderful too. For example, the mare I moved there with passed away last March, completely unexpectedly, and they actually paid for her gravemarker. They allowed me to bury her on the property and they offered to have a gravemarker made with my choice of words on it.
    It's one of those things where they're doing me a service, but we're friends too.

    All I'm saying is that it can work. It can go really, really terribly, badly too and that shouldn't be discounted at all.
    But it can work.
         

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