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post #41 of 55 Old 08-21-2012, 04:21 PM
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I have two horses of my own, one is at a boarding stable and the other being a yearling is at a friends property, i'm going into grade 12, so i dont need to worry to long about having only a part time job (:
It's ALOT of work and you would need something stable, but its so worth it in the end, as long as you are dedicated and have a for sure way of transport, it also helps when you have people to car pool with !
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post #42 of 55 Old 09-18-2012, 04:27 PM
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I'm barely a 'teen' here but have to support 80% of my next horses bills,tack,final cost,trailer,Ect.I can't work where I live,and don't even ride here cause I'm on a huge waiting list but I have like 3k in my saving accounts.It all depends on if you can pull it off,I won't be able to work but My lost horse put us in a hard place cause she was in a different country and we weren't warned about her health and training issues.I'd look into a cheap lease for a horse before you really buy one.Talk to You'r parents too,see what they have to say:] I'd have back up plans,and just work on saving up enough money o buy the horse,and everything it needs.I sound like a mom don't I?! oh well.Talk about,I ask my old trainers on FAcebook really.Hope I helped!Good luck.

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post #43 of 55 Old 09-19-2012, 01:40 PM
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I pay 100% for my two horses. Feed, vet bills... don't pay a farrier because I learned to trim reasonably well myself and neither have any serious hoof issues to worry about. I don't pay board because I'm lucky enough to live on 10 acres.

I'll be 18 in 2 and a bit weeks, and have been paying for my own horses for some time now. I even include purchase price in that - my gelding I bought on a long term payment plan thanks to his wonderful previous owner (basically a lease-to-own!) and I did buy a filly a bit over a year ago who I recently gave to my mother to make room for my TB who was free. Tack I pay for, and I have two saddles, two bridles, and more bits than I know what to do with.

I am lucky that my gelding, though he isn't cheap, isn't ridiculously expensive to feed either. He costs anywhere from nothing (at present) to $50/week to feed, BULK hay included. In summer they go through a large round bale every two weeks between them and I pay for my share of that (mother has horses as well). He gets an incredible amount of feed when he's in work over summer. The filly I gave away cost next to nothing to feed because she would be fat on a sniff of grass.

My TB is looking set to be expensive. She's a wee bit underweight at the moment so I've upped her feed, and we're smack in the middle of the spring flush when EVERYONE'S horses are fat on grass. Easy keepers are much cheaper to keep, and horses with good feet will save you hundreds!

My gelding, I bought as a finished event horse. Training is not a cost I have to factor in with him. My filly, on the other hand, I will have to have professionally saddle broke, and I have a long road ahead of me to get her ready for that. She's so ear shy that getting a halter on her is tricky at times, and getting a bridle on all but impossible. She also sets back when tied, and rears, and can be difficult to lead - even pushy at times. I'm starting to wonder if it wouldn't be a better idea to have a professional work with her (anywhere from $300 PER WEEK upwards) for some of this groundwork stuff as well.

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post #44 of 55 Old 09-23-2012, 09:50 PM
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There are more things than just horse related things to think about. Transportation. Having your vehicle break down can really set you back. You have to get it fixed or you can't go see the horse or go to work to pay for everything. Don't forget transportation for the horse. Finding rides for your horse can be difficult. Even if you find a cheap trailer you still have to find a vehicle to pull it. Maybe you could lease your horse out. That way he is yours but you have a little help.
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post #45 of 55 Old 09-24-2012, 12:50 AM
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Mudpie's basic care is over $8,000 a year. You need a steady income, not just money that you've saved up to start with. Sorry. :\ I'm lucky enough to have a wealthy stepfather who supports most of Mudpie's expenses right now. Any money I get goes directly to the "Mudpie fund," and there's no room for any special treats of my own. I'm a junior in high school; I've never been able to work before, due to the fact that I didn't have a social security number or birth certificate, but now that I've acquired a social security number, I'm looking into accepting a job at the barn I board at.

You may want to look into taking lessons once or twice a week, or leasing a horse. Ownership may be a bit out of reach right now. :)

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post #46 of 55 Old 09-24-2012, 01:07 AM
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wouldn't recommend boarding, it would cost you a fortune. Here board fees include regular feed, water and salt, anything else is coming from your pocket.
if you kept it at home then thats another ball game.
Try leasing first if you can ( part lease )
paying $350.00 a month is alot of money for anyone young or old. plus you will have to pay gas, maybe insurance on your vehicle, oil changes ect.
you could probly by your own land for that much a month and own it in the end.
( meaning no offence to people who do board or have boarders.)
Just giving my thoughts.
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post #47 of 55 Old 09-24-2012, 03:50 AM
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You realize this thread is from 2009 right?
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post #48 of 55 Old 09-24-2012, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by jumanji321 View Post
You realize this thread is from 2009 right?
We do now! xD
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Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
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post #49 of 55 Old 09-24-2012, 03:10 PM
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I pay for my horses as much as I can, but in an awkward situation where I have to work late I can ask my parents to pick up feed. The only thing they pay for is Dusty's training.

Thankfully both Playboy and Sassy get fat by freaking breathing, they require very little grain and only one feeding per day. Rosie is on full lease, so somebody else is taking care of her.

I have worked out an amazing bartering system with my ferrier: during the summer, I work at a water park. He trims my horses and gets tickets for him and his young son!:) during the winter, I work at a western wear store, so he gets free clothes/boots.
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post #50 of 55 Old 10-21-2012, 02:54 PM
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Well, I am a young teen and I pay for 90% of my horsey stuff for my mare.
I am lucky that I have not had any emergency vet bills, but my that is one occasion where my parents have pledged to help me out! I do my own feet (but I have the farrier check them) and my pony lives at home. I probably spend a few hundred dollars on her a month, all earned by mowing lawns, cleaning pools and doing general housework jobs. I literally have no money for anything else, I cannot remember the last time I send over $2 on myself. Its okay tho, because my horse is worth it.
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