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post #21 of 56 Old 06-10-2009, 08:34 PM
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Yeah - I'll tell you my story.

I started riding in Grade 4, my Grandma paid for my lessons and I loved it. I only got 1 perspective though.....riding. That was it.

I wanted a horse so bad I could taste it, but my parents never supported it. So - to those who have Mommy's and Daddy's who buy you a horse and pay for everything, you're pretty darn lucky in some ways.

Anyways - so growing up, I had to do everything myself. When I joined pony club, I had no horse of my own, so I leased. I worked my patootie off mowing lawns, babysitting, cleaning houses, walking dogs - anything I could to make my own money to pay for Pony Club, lessons, clinics and shows.

I did it though. From D to C3.

All those years, was hard work - and the horse never even belonged to me. ALL THE WHILE I still had no idea the costs of taking care of a horse. I never had to -the owners did that.

Of course I learnt first aid and proper care and how to feed and amounts to feed and all that good stuff you learn in Pony Club - but that was only book smarts.

Heck, I even compeated Preliminary on a lease.

Then I got my own horse. Woah - reality check!!! DING DING DING - it isn't all about getting on and going for a ride, there is a WHOLE OTHER WORLD out there full of responsibillities that come along with owning your own horse.

You know what - out of everyone I rode and compeated with for years in Pony Club, only a handful, including myself, are still riding and working hard. Everyone else who had their parents pay for everything, had no appreciation - and are no longer in the equestrian world.

SO - I feel this thread is directed at those who don't own their own horses, who take lessons and only see the riding aspect to being around horses. Or towards those who's mommy's and daddy's pay and take care of everything - to make one realize that it isn't all fun and games and the load of responsabillity that comes with the whole package.

So I can totally respect where JDI is coming from with this thread.
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post #22 of 56 Old 06-10-2009, 10:10 PM
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Great thread! I pretty much agree withmost of what's mentioned.
I have to speak up for the beginners though, at least for the kids, you can't always blame them for their ignorance. Some, like myself years ago, join up for lessons at a barn/riding school expecting to be taught and taught right, but are let down.
From where I am now, looking back at the lessons I had as a child, they were pretty poor, but being a beginner I knew no better. They were the "experts" so what they taught must be true, right?
Some years later I happened upon a free horse and suddenly I was being told about things I had never heard of at my riding school. My mare needed her teeth done, massages, proper feed (of which I knew nothing, my instructors neglected that aspect of our learning in our theory lessons, in which we were usually used to clean tack ) and saddle fitting, which I believe is BIG thing as well, up there with getting their feet done. Just as a horse is not going to be comfortable or perform well with bad feet, so he is also going to be cranky with a sore back.
My mum is rather un-horsey and rolls her eyes when I mention some of the (very necessary) things I get done for my horse ie. 4-weekly trims, massages, hoof boots etc. As for saddle fit, andgetting it refitted which she thinks is unecessary as I've already had it fitted once, I tell her: Either I pay for this now or pay for vet bills later.
Although a horse can miss a few trims and be ok, it doesn't take too long for a badly fitting saddle to do damage to a horses back, the sverity depending upon the fit of saddle and how often the horse is ridden.

Also want to say I agree with MIEventer and some of the others who mentioned that it's not enough to just get your horse trimmed/floated/treated etc, it has to be done correctly. I've had a couple of instances where dentists and farriers have done shoddy jobs, and I've now switched to better ones and I have a happier horse.
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post #23 of 56 Old 06-10-2009, 10:45 PM
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JDI, you have some great points. I totally get where you are coming from. Horse ownership is a luxury. It's expensive and few people can really afford it. The items on your list are a huge part of why I recommend that people board their first horse. It's important to develop horsey relationships. I think a horsey mentor is a huge part of successful horse ownership.

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post #24 of 56 Old 06-10-2009, 11:01 PM
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I would recomend working at a boarding stable before owning a horse.I learned sooo much at the barn I worked at (including how only seeing your horse when its "show-time" will affect your horses view twords you).But horse-ownership is a learning expirence.I dont know even half of what I would like to and I spend a good majority of my spare time surfen the web,reading and learning.But the best learning comes from DOING.A book wont be able to adequatly explain how you will "know" when there is something wrong,only knowing that horse will.Mostly i get annoyed with ppl who think horses are like cars-they buy for looks and performance.IMO horses need more than just proper care,they need love too(and yes,I know EXACTLY how cheesy that sounds lol).
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post #25 of 56 Old 06-10-2009, 11:21 PM
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Sigh...the craigs list horses. Some of them are REALLY BAD on my craigs list. There is one particular individual that has little ponies with about a 200 lb. "boy" riding them "kid safe!" I can't really look at that section of craigslist.

I only have one quibble with your OP...wild horses hooves are VERY balanced. And as such are the "model" for most barefoot trim philosophies.
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post #26 of 56 Old 06-11-2009, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mystikal222 View Post
I would recomend working at a boarding stable before owning a horse.
Agree completely (helping at the rescue is a good alternative too). I did that for couple years before I got my horse. Even though it was pretty crappy barn I still learned about shots, trims, teeth, and deworming, which I NEVER even heard about. And after I got my horse (I boarded her for year before moved to my place) I started to educate myself about other things (like proper feed, on/off pasture, hay, etc.). And let me tell you even though I new about what's coming, expenses are still higher than my initial calculations. For example, I do ALL shots (including strangles, potomac fever and such), which of course adds up. I use good farrier, who is more expensive then the one my neighbor use (who does rather poor job), I use vet with tons of experience with young horses (who is not super cheap), and so on. Don't even mention nice saddle, hoof boots for rocky parks, etc. etc. etc.
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A big thank you to Darylann for fixing a couple of points on the original post!!

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post #28 of 56 Old 06-12-2009, 12:26 PM
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I agree it is important to educate. Sadly some folks who know better don't always do the right thing. At our barn most folks are really good adn the BO and staff take care of the boarders like their own. However times are tight and I see some of the horses go w/o fly spray this summer (its pretty darn awful where we are in florida) and others with minor issues but they either haven't addressed it or don't call the vet. Its not much but still makes me mad to see a horse in discomfort that could be resolved, so we usually step in and help.

My point is these are long time horse owners.... so trying to educate people who think just taking a free horse will be wonderful is a very good thing even if was a bit over the top here and there, provoking interest and debate is a good thing.

Everyone should take lessons. then lease then buy in my humble opinion unless you have an endless supply of money and time.
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post #29 of 56 Old 06-12-2009, 04:40 PM
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Completely agree with JDI - but I think you missed one other thing....

You also need time and dedication to own a horse - its not like a bike you can put away - I get so frustrated with people who just never seem to spend anytime with there horses and then expect them to perform on queue when they are ready

Also so agree - work with horse first if you can.... opens your eyes up so much.... :)
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post #30 of 56 Old 06-12-2009, 04:48 PM
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amen I hate to see horses who never get a visit from their owner, they really do get depressed if they are attached to their person
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