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post #1 of 6 Old 08-03-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Is this wise?

I am a sophomore in high school, and I am shopping for a horse, I have been riding for almost 12 years, and consider myself intermediate to advanced, depends on the discipline, I am a novice at western, I barely know how to steer on a western horse, and it scares me a little. I didn't really know where to put this, as it doesn't belong under new to horses, as I'm not, I just haven't owned one before. Is it wise to get a horse three years before you go to college? I want to go to college either for equine sciences, or equine studies, or pre-law. I think being a lawyer would be fun, but riding is my passion. I would not buy a horse I can't handle. Also, I am looking a horses that "go both ways" Since I don't know much about western, but plan on learning eventually, is it a bad idea to get a horse that does both?
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-03-2013, 12:30 PM
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What do you plan on doing with the horse when you go to university?
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-03-2013, 12:39 PM
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I am also a sophmore in high school and hopefully sometime soon I hope to get a new horse.
Why?
I want to go to college as a horse trainer and just do something that involves working with horses. I want to get a young horse and get it early so I have time to teach it my techniques and get to now it and know how it works well, how advanced he is, etc. I want to go to college with a horse I can have for when I graduate college and I want to get it early so I can teach it and get to know him better. I don't think it is wise to bu a new horse in college for right before college because you don't really know the horse. You won't know what he knows, how he works, etc.

I think it is a really goo idea to get a horse that can go both ways. My horse can go both ways if he wanted to - but I don't because I know hardly anything about English riding and Western has always been my favorite. I have tried two english types - just plain english and the Australian english saddle type. I will probably stick with western as my main, but it's always nice to have a horse that can go english if I wanted - but of course I would never just something super high. Ha! Two feet is probably my height limit for jumping!!

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-03-2013, 01:28 PM
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Alright, a few things to think about:
- what are your plans for the horse when you do attend university? Generally speaking depending on the program you're in, you will have time to ride at least casually. Are you going to stay close to home or are you wanting to travel to go to school? There's no wrong answer here, just things to consider. If you are looking at selling the horse before going to school, you want to ensure that you give yourself the best chance possible of at least making your (or your parents') money back.
- There are "all around" horses which are, as they say, jack of all trades and master of none. Again, absolutely nothing wrong with that at all, you just want to look at horses that are capable of doing everything - so breeds that are versatile (Morgan, Arabian, QH, TB) are going to perhaps be more appealing to you than say a Warmblood bred for a specific discipline. My first mare was like that - we would clean up at local shows doing both western and english disciplines. Of course we wouldn't have done well competing on a large scale against horses bred for a certain event, for instance we did well at western pleasure in smaller local shows but wouldn't have held a candle to a QH in a breed event, but it was fun! She also topped out jumping at about 4'6". My point is, as long as you don't have a goal of competing at higher levels, you can get an all around horse. *Disclaimer* Having said all of that, even if you get a "specialized" horse, there's nothing stopping you from throwing on another saddle and having fun. My friend did a WP class with her dressage WB gelding - it was a ton of fun! But they didn't place well (at all?) shocker I know.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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I have decided that I will never try to sell this horse, because, when I'm a professional, it can be my lesson pony.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-21-2013, 11:51 AM
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I bought my first horse a few days after my first day of college. I have to pay for my own college and everything for my horse. It's not cheap, but it taught me a lot of responsibility. I'm going to be starting my second year of college this Monday (I'm only 18 but moved ahead a year). All I can say is save, save, save! Dont spend youre money unless you absaloutly have too! Also, if you don't have a job, get one asap! I'm only working at mcdonalds, but hey - it pays the bills. During the school year I only get to ride two or three times a week. Once I transfer to a University it will be even less. I am thinking of letting someone lease my horse then so she will still get worked. You could do the same thing. Also I am majoring in equine studies too! Good luck! It's going to be tough but you can do it!
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