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  • How do you know when you are ready for a horse
  • Stepdaughter wants a horse

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    04-04-2012, 09:17 PM
  #1
Foal
Am I ready for a Horse?

I am 13 and have been riding for about 5 months I ride 5 times a weak and do barrel racing, dressage, and jumping. I can untack and tack up and get the horse from the pasture. I ride on my own in an areana.
Do you think I am ready?
     
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    04-04-2012, 09:18 PM
  #2
Trained
Maybe. Maybe not. You could try leasing a horse first to see if you're up to the responsibilty.
     
    04-04-2012, 09:20 PM
  #3
Foal
I think it would be best for you to try to find a horse to lease before you look to buy one. It would be a good experience to lease a horse because you get to know what goes into owning one, learning new things. I would recommend that you should lease a horse for 6 months to a year, preferably a year.
     
    04-04-2012, 10:08 PM
  #4
Weanling
I would agree that you should look into leasing before buying. There's a lot more to horses than just riding, tacking/grooming, and leading from the pasture. Plus it might be a lot of work for a 13 year old. I would do this under the guidance of someone as well.
     
    04-04-2012, 10:26 PM
  #5
Foal
Sounds like you may be ready for your own horse. Leasing is a very good idea to start with. It sounds like you are a big horse lover and that is good. But boys and a social life is coming in to the picture and you may not have time for a horse. With a lease you can have the horse and do what you want for a year or two. After that you can make a better decision as to whether you want to buy a horse or not. Also leasing will give you an idea of your ideal horse you would want.

I have a step daughter that loves horses and wants her own horse but she refuses to tack up our horse. She says she's scared. She dosent listen to mom on proper riding techniques she justs wants to gallop flopping like a fish on the horses back. And gets frustrated because the horse wont listen to her. She just expects to hop on and start jumping. She sees no need for lessons because she dosent want to ride in circles doing the same thing over and over.

She wont be getting a horse anytime soon from me or mom! Lol.
     
    04-04-2012, 10:28 PM
  #6
Weanling
I agree with the above post about lease-to-buy. It honestly doesn't matter the age of the rider, more on their skill, responsibility level and how they can handle a horse in any situation.

Horses are alot of responsibility and money. The lease option would be great to show you your level and if your ready.

Good luck!
     
    04-04-2012, 11:26 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by robohog    
Sounds like you may be ready for your own horse. Leasing is a very good idea to start with. It sounds like you are a big horse lover and that is good. But boys and a social life is coming in to the picture and you may not have time for a horse. With a lease you can have the horse and do what you want for a year or two. After that you can make a better decision as to whether you want to buy a horse or not. Also leasing will give you an idea of your ideal horse you would want.

I have a step daughter that loves horses and wants her own horse but she refuses to tack up our horse. She says she's scared. She dosent listen to mom on proper riding techniques she justs wants to gallop flopping like a fish on the horses back. And gets frustrated because the horse wont listen to her. She just expects to hop on and start jumping. She sees no need for lessons because she dosent want to ride in circles doing the same thing over and over.

She wont be getting a horse anytime soon from me or mom! Lol.
sounds like your step daughter is living in a dream world
     
    04-04-2012, 11:28 PM
  #8
Trained
Horses take a lot of care and commitment and money
And since you are only 13 you need your parents to sign
A lease for you
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    04-05-2012, 12:07 AM
  #9
Yearling
I agree- leasing is best. I've had horses all my life, and let me tell you, it is a LOT of responsibility for a 13 year old... Or any age. There is so much to owning a horse. I think it's best to start with a lease, or lease to buy, where you can get a good taste of what it's like first, for a year or so.
I can't add much more than what's already been said, so just keep up the determination- I wish I could ride five days a week... High school's a bummer, lol.
     
    04-05-2012, 12:15 AM
  #10
Yearling
Do your parents think you are ready for a horse?
     

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