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post #1 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cool ride lesson horse, or buy my own?

So i live smack in the middle of the city. I i ride at a boarding/lesson place about 30mins away so i cant go out everyday but the staff is soo nice and wonderful to the horses. i'm only in junior high but i am very responsible and already have a sheep that i keep with my school's FFA program. i've decided that i want to buy a horse of my own so i can have a horse to call my own and have a consistent connection with it. so i guess i'm asking what you think i should do. Ride the horses they have there like i am now or buy my own and board it there?
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 01:56 AM
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It would depend on your horse expereince,if you have the money to look after it and support it and the time for it.

And dont worry if you dont end up getting a horse - I rode lessons horses for over ten years before I even got my first horse!
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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well i've been riding for about a year. I am obviously to young for a job but always looking for ways to make money. I have always dreamed about having my own horse (specifically a palomino )
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 02:42 AM
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Much will depend if your parents are on board for this. Are they horse people? Will they mind the money that horses require for their board/vet care/ farrier care?

The breakdown of what a horse costs varies. You didn't say if you know what average cost is for keeping one horse a month, but I can tell you what it costs for me, and you can add the amount it would cost to board at the stable you are familiar with.

I have 3 horses, and I get a break on my newest horse's board, so for all 3 I am now paying 250 a month for pasture board, (100 a month for each of my two older geldings, and 50 for the 3rd one.)

I pay the renters in the house on property 30 a month towards their water bill, *which I know the one horse that has to be kept on dry lot more or less is not drinking that much but still*.

I have to grain and hay him, I pay 3.75 a bale for square bales of good grass hay, which is stored at hay growers house, so I have to haul it 20 bales or so at time. I paid 4 for some slightly better grass hay that is at the barn where horses are.

Trims for the 3 horses, is 50 for the older ones, and 35 for the younger horse. He will have front shoes on soon I imagine, so that will be 100 dollars, that expense repeats every 6 weeks or so.

Worming, vaccinating I do myself 30 dollars for the vacs yearly, give or take, 60 or so yearly for wormers. That is per horse. Supplements are more on top of that.

Grain is 22 a hundredweight right now, and go through a bag a week per horse, so 35 dollars a week.

Minimum you can expect to spend for boarding a horse in city is 300??? And can't see that would include feed/hay and for sure not worming or vaccinations or farrier? And if you want turn out, or blanketing, some barns will do that in board bill, but others charge for it. And you have to buy your own blankets too.

Minimum I can see this costing is 500 a month, factoring in vaccinations/worming and farrier. And could cost more very easily. And didn't even figure on dental either?

Horses are expensive to keep if you do it even halfway right.

You might be better off looking at trading barn chores for a partial lease on a horse already there, that someone else is responsible for financially.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 03:37 AM
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I would continue with lesson horses.

The beauty of riding different horses is you learn to adapt to ride lots of different horses. You learn how to get on a horse and know what to do, rather than riding the same horse day in day out.

Keep with it for now, and speak to your trainer about when they think you are ready to start looking for your own as they will be the best judge of your riding.

Good luck!
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Well thanks guys for the info! I knew riding and keeping horses was e xpensive but I didnt know it was quite that much! My parents really aren't horse people they only let me ride because I'm happiest on or around horses. Thanks for the leasing idea to I might talk to my instructor about something like that!
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 12:00 PM
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Ernie, the expenses listed above are conservative. Horses are a luxury hobby. Continue riding the lesson horses. As cool as it is to have a horse of your own, without a job, there is no chance of doing it. Even after you have a job, it probably isnt doable. Wait until you have a career and excess money coming in every month.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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LetAGirlShowU i kinda figured that. i guess it's every young girls dream to own a horse though right? I dont think my 60 dollars a month could support a horse! :p
Well i will stay with the lesson horses then. BTW i kinda have my own horse but shes 30yrs old so i cant ride her i just groom feed and hang out with her. But the expenses are payed for by her true owner
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Definitely stick with riding school horses. You have a lot to learn and the best way to do it is by riding other horses. Horses are a huge expense, no need to worry about that now. The best thing you can do it go out and ride whenever you get the chance.
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 09:11 PM
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As a young riding starting out in horses, sticking with riding school horses will be your best option for the time being. Use the chance to get yourself riding very well, with a good knowledge of horse care and riding, before thinking about buying your own. What I see around here, is kids that have a few lessons, think they're good enough for their own horse, go and buy their own horse, and then they can't afford lessons anymore, but they have problems with the horse, which ends up sitting in a paddock somewhere.

MUCH better option to keep having lessons, finish your schooling, get a full time job and then look at buying your own horse.
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