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    12-15-2011, 02:38 AM
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Foal
Is it ever too late to become a "horse person?"

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved horses. I grew up drawing them, reading about them, going to a summer horse camp for 8 years, and I took riding lessons for about a year. The only problem is that my family has always lived in a suburban area and my parents have no experience with horses, so actually getting one was totally out of the question. So now as a 21-year-old, I'm still basically a "horse fan" that loves doing anything horse-related, and if I ever happen to see horses in person, like at the State Fair, I feel compelled to spend as much time as I can near them.

So I was wondering, is it ever too late to actually transition from being a "horse fan" to actually becoming a horse owner? From my years at horse camp, I do know a lot of the basics for riding and taking care of a horse, but I also know I have tons to learn. I'm not really looking to become an great jumper or dressage rider, but I'd love to have a pleasure horse as a companion someday.

I'm just about to move out and start paying off college loans so I know it's not likely to happen in the next few years, but I was wondering where a good place to start would be?
     
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    12-15-2011, 03:15 AM
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Yearling
Heck no! I am almost 21 and I was in a similar situation to you, but I just bought my first horse this past March, and its been great.
     
    12-15-2011, 05:48 AM
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Green Broke
Never ever too old to learn, my dad started at 42!!

I would say get some lessons under your belt, and then when you're back in the swing of it, look at leasing. Its a BIG difference going from riding to owning, but you can see if its for you, have the time commitment, financial commitment and go from there.. that way if you don't have the time for a horse, you can still lease and have 3-4 days of pony fun and the rest as you time
     
    12-15-2011, 06:14 AM
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Green Broke
It's never too late. Some people don't take up horse back riding until they are retired. I've owned horses since I was a teenager-& I'll be riding lots more when I retire next year!
     
    12-15-2011, 07:40 AM
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Green Broke
I wouldn't consider 21 "late" in becoming a horse person. At 21, you still have a good 60 years to be an active member of the horse community.
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    12-15-2011, 07:46 AM
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Green Broke
I too rode horses at summer camp many years ago. Ididn't get into horses until 5 years ago at the age of 36. My wife wanted to "just go look at the horse" for sale. We now own 6.

Horses are like potato chips. It's hard to have just one.

I'm not a big fan of leasing but it can be beneficial for someone unsure about buying a horse. You can test the water without jumping in.
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    12-15-2011, 07:46 AM
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Foal
My dad had just bought his first horse and is learning to ride at 45, he loves his Bella and is coming along so well with her. He didn't like horses before I bought Sunny after being bitten badly as a child.
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    12-15-2011, 08:18 AM
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Showing
I'd say start with the lessons and may be helping out in barn on weekends. The former will help you with correct riding (and eventually you may look into more advanced horse that will give you more options as a buyer), the latter will teach you the basics of the ownership (like routine, deworming, etc.).

And yes, it's NEVER too late. I got a horse quite late in life (couldn't afford for many years).
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    12-15-2011, 09:30 AM
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Yearling
Its never too late. Your passion for horses is the same passion every other horse owner here feels. Its why we wake up at ungodly hours, spend every dime we have on vet/farrier bills, and make special time to spend with our horses.
Definitely take up lessons to get you back into the swing of things. Maybe lease afterthat, but you'll know when its time to buy. I only got into ownership 2 years ago, and i'm 26. Go after what you love, just know, its a very expensive hobby.
     
    12-15-2011, 10:24 AM
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Started
Oh golly no :) take lessons first and learn as much as possible when you are financially able and get right in :) better late then never :p
     

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