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    04-12-2009, 05:04 AM
Which is cheaper?

Out of curiousity, what do you think is cheaper?
Having your own horse?
Taking riding lessons on a club horse.
I am just wondering whether it would be cheaper for me to have a horse or to take lessons.
A one hour lesson is $30 australian dollars. I have one lesson once a week. You have to pay $25 a term for working bees(to help keep the place clean etc)
And $50 a year for insurance...
So you do the math...how much is that?? Is a horse cheaper than that??
What do you think?
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    04-12-2009, 05:11 AM
I wish owning a horse cost $30 a week, then $25 a term and $50 a year.

Riding lessons are much cheaper!
    04-12-2009, 05:30 AM
Which is better??
Which do you learn more from??
    04-12-2009, 05:36 AM
I learned more owning a horse. Riding school ponies are very different to the ponies 'in real life', and it's very hard to find a good pony like the ones at riding lessons.

Do they teach you anything about feeding and ground handling or is it all in the saddle work still?
    04-12-2009, 06:04 AM
Nope, we don't learn about the feeding stuff.
All we learn is all the riding stuff, the grooming, tacking up and all those small things...
I want to do a horse tafe course sometime in the next few years.(just randomly saying that)
I really want to learn as much about horses as possible. Right now, I am going to be going into town and having a look in as many second hand shops as possible for second hand horse books so that I can learn as much as possible...
    04-12-2009, 06:46 AM
Horse ownership is definitely the more expensive of the two. Things like saddlery, rugs, feeding, agistment, farrier, shots, dentist, vet bills etc also if something goes wrong you need insurance or a large sum of disposable cash for vets bills make it very expensive. Also the amount of time horses demand from us. You can't just pack them away like a toy, they need alot of our time and in a way that can be expensive.

Depending on your situation it might be better for you to keep up with the lessons longer, maybe start doubling your lessons to two a week, helping with the chores like feeding and mucking out, just spending more time with the horses and realise the full extent of what is expected in responsible horse ownership. Maybe start buying your our grooming kit, lead ropes, saddle etc to help for your future horse :)
    04-12-2009, 07:38 AM
The cost of owning a horse depends a lot of how much you can do yourself and how often you need a vet. We have our 3 mares here with us (no boarding costs), I trim myself (no farrier costs), and we give shots/wormers ourself. We normally only need the vet for the rabies shot (not allowed to do yourself here) and coggins test. Adding all the costs up for the year (including feed, hay, etc), we average about $6/day per horse.
    04-12-2009, 11:09 AM
Owning your horse is definitely more expensive. There are all kinds of costs like boarding, vet, farrier, tack, and surprise costs. Not only does it cost more but requires a lot more time and energy. If you board you need to be out there almost everyday to ride and take care of your horse. If your horse is at home then there is stalls, turnout, feeding, etc to worry about too.

I learned lots from lessons. You get to ride a lot of different horses and learn how to handle all sorts of bad habits. Once you get your own horse that's basically the only horse you'll ride. You will only get to learn your horse's habits and how to ride him.

I would definitely keep taking lessons. I loved my lessons and riding different horses. While owning a horse is great I still miss riding all the different horses.
    04-12-2009, 12:16 PM
There is a middle ground here where in some schools you may be able to part lease a specific school pony. Be careful with this arrangement as some schools are not on the up and up.

You could also part board a non school horse.

These are just some other options that could be possible but are more expensive than just taking lessons but cheaper than owning a horse.
    04-13-2009, 05:16 AM
Yeah, I was just wondering. I am not ready for my own horse yet as I have only just started riding this year. I would rather get my own horse in 1 or 2 years, but I was curious for what the prices would be and what would need doing...
Yeah, at my riding club we are supposed to ride different horses every week but I ride the same horse because I get stressed out alot if I ride too many different horses....

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