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    01-10-2012, 02:40 PM
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Foal
Buying your first horse

How did you feel about buying your first horse? I'm ready to take the plunge, but I'm soooooooooooo nervous!!!

I've been leasing him for 3 weeks and have been on 4 trail rides. I am so excited that it is all I can think about, yet I'm terrified. I am well aware of the expense (yikes!) and the commitment required. Someone has a signature on here that says "Horses are not a hobby, they are a way of life." I totally agree!

I was just curious about how some of you felt.
     
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    01-10-2012, 02:50 PM
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I don't own a horse. But I do know, from knowing lots of folks who do own them, that there is always soooo much more to owning, and to the horse themself than you would at first assume.
Riding that horse for three weeks and out on 4 trail rides is nothing more than the tiniest Peek into his personality. Are you able to do some other things with him, such as arena ride, you may get a better feel for whether he is right for you. Do you feed him? Groom and tack him? I don't know the situation at your lease.
There are plenty of sales where the buyer has no more than a couple of hours with the horse before making the decision, so you've got more than that. But if you, yourself , are nto an experienced horseperson, then please have a trainer (not the seller's trainer) look over the horse and maybe ride him. And a vet check is always advisable.

IN any case, not to rain on your parade. It is cool that you are ready to make that big committment. Bravo!
     
    01-10-2012, 02:55 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Newby32    
How did you feel about buying your first horse? I'm ready to take the plunge, but I'm soooooooooooo nervous!!!.
Subbing, I'm in the same boat
     
    01-10-2012, 02:57 PM
  #4
Started
I always had "hand-me-down" horses, so it wasn't until I was an adult that I bought my "first horse"! That was before (gasp) the internet and I leased a horse from a local ranch for a few months before purchasing to make sure we were a fit. (And we were and still are, even though she was only grenn broke at the time!)
     
    01-10-2012, 03:03 PM
  #5
Foal
I tack him up, groom him, and do some ground work too. We have ridden in the arena and I have had lessons/ day camp with him. All in all, I have probably spent about 20 hours or so with him. He will be boarded at the same place I am buying him from. I made the current owner (also the barn owner) promise not to let go of my hand. She has been amazing with helping me, providing training (for me), experimenting with different tack, etc. It is probably smarter for me to just continue leasing, but this feels right to me. I don't feel like I'm being impulsive (although maybe I am) and he's definitely not a project horse. He's been ridden all day by a 7 year old. I have 5 kids and I really want them to be safe riding, so picking a beginner's horse was very important to me. That being said, it's scary to think of being a horse owner.
     
    01-10-2012, 03:15 PM
  #6
Weanling
I don't want to rain on your parade either but is there some reason you can't keep leasing him awhile longer before buying? That's what I would do in your situation but I tend to be very cautious with large expensive potentially dangerous purchases.

ETA: how long have you been involved with horses? If this is your first experience ever I would give it several months of leasing. The novelty sometimes wears off...
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    01-10-2012, 03:22 PM
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Trained
I agree with Dresden...although, I had a hard time following my own advice when I bought my horse. Lol However, after jumping in with both feet this time, I can say I will be more cautious in the future. Not that I ended up with a horrible horse or a horse that was not what I was led to believe...quite the opposite, in fact. I ended up with an absolutely amazing horse who is more than I could possibly dreamed of. But looking back on it, I thought I wasn't being impulsive, but in reality, I was. That's just me, though...the one who bought an unbroke, essentially unhandled two-year-old draft cross stud colt.

I especially agree with Dresden's edit. I have seen soooo many people at the barn where I board buy a horse that they thought they could handle (especially if it was their first horse) and the horse has ended up just sitting in its stall because either they are afraid of the horse or they have realized they can't handle the time/money/whatever commitment that horse represents.
     
    01-10-2012, 03:27 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Dresden    
I don't want to rain on your parade either but is there some reason you can't keep leasing him awhile longer before buying? That's what I would do in your situation but I tend to be very cautious with large expensive potentially dangerous purchases.

ETA: how long have you been involved with horses? If this is your first experience ever I would give it several months of leasing. The novelty sometimes wears off...
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This is exactly why I posted this. I want "horsey people" to rain on my parade and see if it give me reason to pause.

I have only been involved with horses for less than four months. I have always had an interest, but due to having 5 kids, I spent my 20's pregnant and breastfeeding. I do wonder if my horse obsession will wear off. However, my nature is one of extreme caution (especially financially) and once I get interested in something...I tend to stick with it. I have never done anything flighty and I put much thought into everything I do. That is why this decision is such a nerve racking one! At the risk of sounding sappy, I sure do love this horse though and I feel like my heart would be broken if he was sold to someone else.

We are currently on a month to month lease. I believe she would still let me lease, but I think she would prefer that I buy.
     
    01-10-2012, 04:10 PM
  #9
Yearling
I think leasing for a while longer will really help you with your decision. I currently lease, have been for about 5 months now, and although its not the horse I will be purchasing, its giving me lots of experience. I plan to continue leasing until this summer, when I feel confident that it's time to jump into ownership.

Like you, I had to wait until my babies were older before riding...I rode for 10 years as a kid and teen and just recently have gone back to it. For each month I lease and take lessons, I become a stronger rider and more confident in my ability to handle a horse. I wonder if you lease another couple months if your decision to purchase may be easier for you.
     
    01-10-2012, 05:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
It was extremely exciting but has led to me being a bit far in the waters. All the riding lessons I've taken haven't taught me a single thing about ownership. My horses take advantage of my ignorance every chance they get. While I still love looking out my window and seeing my 2 beautiful horses, it's a bit more of a hassle then I first anticipated. I'd be really cautious! Learn from my mistakes!! Lol
     

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