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post #11 of 14 Old 05-19-2010, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Why wouldn't you just volunteer in one of the rescues or riding barns in area? In the rescue close to me you can "foster" a horse meaning you pay comparably small fee/month and horse is "yours" in terms of care and riding. This way you'll understand what "caring for the horse" means - it's not just riding, but lots of other things involved. And it'll help you understand if horse is something you indeed want or not.

Horses are LOTS of work (especially if you keep them home). Unfortunately too many new owners (including myself, BTW ) don't realize that until they get a horse, and all the sudden almost all free fun time is gone - you have to clean, ride, pick the poop, clean the stall, you name it. It's pretty different from taking lesson in barn once/week, when you just ride and give treats to the horse (well, in some you also have to brush/saddle).

I agree - and leasing would be another good option. I understand the being on the fence and unsure if this is your own passion or pressure from your family, and I respect you wanting to determine which it really is before plunging into horse-ownership and finding out the hard way.

Don't be in a rush to label yourself, because in the end you will find labels don't matter. Be what makes you comfortable, and happy. If that includes horses, so be it, if it doesn't, so be it. Just don't let someone else make those decisions for you.

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Great advice everyone!! I am not going to get into it but leasing is not an option in this situation. I was thinking though...just so i wouldent be as stresses with responsibliity, what do yall think about boarding??

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post #13 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 02:12 AM
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Rather than owning your own horse, why not just continue taking lessons and enjoying working with horses at the barn? It is going to be a lot less expensive in the long run, and if you decide you no longer want to ride then you don't need to sell a horse. =)

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 07:53 AM
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If u want a horse if u can work out that its you who wants the horse. then as u are still at school ( i think) then i would say u have two options

a) wait till after school

b) buy a horse which is 'low mantinence' by this i mean choose a horse which will be a good do-er and is capable if necassary live out all year round rather than something more finely bred which would require stabling and could possibly require more time to care for it than what u might have what with school and all

I say this because the choice i had to mke was similar, i knew i wanted a horse of my own so i decided that buying a native breed which could live out 24/7 and was of a hardy nature, would be better than a TB or WB which is what my frinds have... and as a result I have a healthy happy boy and dont need to muck out and fill countless haynets in the deep of winter or worry about the extra money.
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