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I need advice on what I should do:Horse or Car?

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View Poll Results: Which should I choose?
Car 15 39.47%
Horse 23 60.53%
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    12-23-2008, 01:50 PM
Are you planning on going to college? Do you have any plans for when you graduate? Or are you going to start working right away? My advice to you is if you're not planning on college would be to lease him out and maybe join the military? Air force is pretty good. Lease him out for at least a year to get your training done, then you can bring him wherever you are. I know that the stables here on post are really nice and are not at all expensive. Plus the military will pay for your college too and it will allow you to get alot of good experience.

But if military is a nono then you have 3 options; option 1, keep your boy and take the bus everywhere. Option 2 is sell him, or option 3 is lease him out until you get on your feet. Starting out is hard when you're doing it on your own. I moved out of my parents house 6 days after graduation. I didn't have a horse or anything, just a cat and a dog. But I had to take the bus everywhere until I saved up enough for my first truck. My first truck was an 89 ford that had major body damage, I bought it for $600. If you save up to buy a car straight out then the main thing you'll have to worry about is insurance every month. I'm 24 now and have a honda civic 2 door, insurance is $90 a month for it. Do you know where you'll be living yet? Because you have to figure in rent, utilities, and food too. It's scary moving out on your own but when you look back and realize that you made it through some hard times you'll feel so proud of yourself. If you do keep him and not lease him out ask the BO if maybe you can work at the barn once a week to take off some of the price? That's what I do. Saturday evenings, 2 hours. $80 a month. Or maybe ask if you can work a couple days a week for the feed and do a lease like thing with them? So anytime they want to use him they can?

It's a shame that these days we can't ride out horses everywhere anymore, I'd prefer that to cars any day. Except for long road trips, I get bored on those.
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    12-23-2008, 05:20 PM

You can always find a car, but how often do you find a friend?
    12-28-2008, 02:50 PM
What people have donw out here is leased there horses out for cost of board and they split the other half/half on shoes, and vet. That will take some of the burden off....Or see if there is a trainer that might need a lesson horse to see if you can work something out with him/her.

Moving out on your own might be pricey so see if there are others you can hook up with to make it a little cheaper. Or look for a room for rent, or a place where you can work off your board or housing. You can always ride a bike or take a bus untill you get a car depending on the distance of where your horse is kept. And if you have friends with a car and your horse isn't too far you might be able to work something out with them where you help pay for gas, inexchange for a ride. If you keep asking around I'm sure you'll find someone out there to help you out. A friend of mine needed a place to stay that wasn't "home" so I was able to put her horse in my parents backyard, and we let her stay with my bf and I rent free till she had a chance to get her feet on the ground. She now has gotten a good paying job, she moved her horse to a boarding facility and pays us rent. Good luck!
    01-04-2009, 06:47 AM
Don't let them take him until the check clears.
    01-05-2009, 06:55 PM
Green Broke
I'm sorry you have to sell Dude. But it'll be hard to have a job to pay for him and go to college and spend time with him. Especially without a car. You can always hope he goes to a good home and they'll let you go ride him still.
    01-05-2009, 09:38 PM
I still don't understand why you can't lease him out. Even if it doesn't actually put any money in your pocket, it will still free up your time so you can get a job and save up until you can take him back. That way you don't have to worry about the people selling him to someone else or you losing track of him. There's got to be a barn near you that could use a lesson horse.
    01-05-2009, 10:10 PM
The logical answer is to get a car.

But what you should do depends on how you feel.
    01-08-2009, 05:01 PM
Wow, now that is what I call a hard desicion! $205 is still very expensive, but by me the board is $1000 a month! Have you thought of half-owning? It's similar to leasing, but the other person would own the horse as much as you do, you would each have an equal amount of time riding him. The other person would pay exactly half of any costs that you need for the horse. Then again, in your situation it sounds like a car might be a good desicion.
    01-09-2009, 11:42 AM
Fortunately my parents didn't make me choose...but...I ended up having to leave my horse at home during college because I didn't have a truck to haul him. You probably need a car to go to work/school and haul him around for things that he needs. Can you lease him to a friend for a few years while you get financially stable?
    01-09-2009, 11:47 AM
I forgot to add SCOOTER! I used one all through college. You can get them as cheap as $1000 for the road-legal ones that can go 55 mph. My gas costs were about $5 a week...granted I drove about 100 miles a week...more than the average scooter-er. My annual...ANNUAL...insurance...FULL COVERAGE...was $300!!! SCOOTERS ARE AWESOME!

Can you tell I like my scooter?

I hitched a ride with a friend when it was to cold or to rainy to ride it. Which with a leather jacket and helmet was rare.

My husband commutes on it now to work. We were totally unaffected by the ridiculous gas prices last summer.

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