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post #1 of 7 Old 07-04-2011, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of Buying a Horse Soonish - Am I Ready?

In the next while, I may be coming into an extra income. This income basically equates into full board (plus farrier, shots etc) at a decent stable. I am planning to save up ahead to have $5000 towards a horse, $1000 towards blankets, a bridle, halters etc (I already have a saddle & pads), and $2000 for emergency vet bills. I work full time but after 6pm every day I am free, and on weekends. I already spend all the free time I can with horses.

With my experience, am I ready to buy a horse? If so, what kind of horse should I look for (age, experience etc)?

I started riding English when I was 5, but rode here and there with gaps in between, then through my teenage years I basically stopped. I am now getting back into riding and have been half-leasing two dead broke horses for about 3 months. I can w/t/c (never galloped), have a decent seat, and know how to react in bad situations (bucking, bolting, kicking, snarling at other horses etc) I have never been on a rearing horse, stallion, or worked with an unbroke horse.

I know how to act around horses, how to catch a difficult horse, how to react to a nasty horse and how to spot basic health issues. I know when to stop what I'm doing and when to hold on.

I tend to like horses that want to go fast instead of slowly plod along. I like horses that are friendly, I love arabians and I prefer mares. I ride English but dabble in western - I could live without it, though. My ultimate goal is to one day compete in endurance races, but I want a trail horse who I can work with in the arena. I'd also love to try dabbling in some amateur dressage, halter and maybe even reining competitions but I don't care about winning. I'd also love to work with the horse a bit, maybe learn some new things, work through some minor issues.

So, am I ready to get a horse?

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Sure sounds like you're ready. As someone who just dropped a quick $500 for a recent horse illness, $2,000 sounds like a good vet bill cushion. Horse wise, if you're into endurance riding, Arabians are certainly the way to go. When you start looking at horses, just remember to stay as logical as you are being now. Bring an experienced eye (and ear) with you. People with lots of horse experience are great for reading between the lines in terms of what sellers are saying. You'll be a lot less likely to be taken advantage of. Also, don't forget vet check. Finally, make sure the barns you are considering take mares. Some don't like to take them. There are a lot of good horses and deals out there, so have fun and take your time.

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I fit your description too, and I've had my own horses for more than 2 years now! (been riding since I was 7, am now nearly 17, always had horses but only got my own at 14yo). I do/have galloped and I've pretty much decided on discipline (eventing/jumping) but other than that I fit your description pretty well.

I would say you are more than ready.
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Sounds like you're a lot more ready than most people are when they jump in with both feet. What sort of boarding/care arrangements would you have?
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The only person who can determinate whether you're ready or not is YOU!

We forumities mealy put the icing on the cake and re-assure you that you 'seem' to be!
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-11-2011, 06:10 PM
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I think you're ready. :)

No suggestions on what kind of horse to think about buying, but you may want to look into equine insurance. I think the cost per year depends on the value of your horse, and everything you want to cover him/her for, but I've heard it's very reasonable.
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Originally Posted by bubba13 View Post
Sounds like you're a lot more ready than most people are when they jump in with both feet. What sort of boarding/care arrangements would you have?
Because I work full-time and the nearest horse boarding places are about a half hour away from my home, I would be looking into full-board (expensive BUT necessary). If I couldn't excercise the horse enough I would look into leasing it a couple of days a week for free or cheap.

As I've gone on I've learned I need to learn a lot more about nutrition etc, the real technical stuff. I just want to be as close to an expert as I can be without actually owning a horse. Horseforum is helping me with that for sure, but there are other things I am still foggy about (most of it has to do with becoming a better rider as apposed to better horse-keeper).
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