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        07-29-2010, 09:38 AM
    Smile Hello! Is it possible?!?!

    I'm new here so will start by saying hello! Like all on here I'm an absolute horse lover. I'm looking forward to joining your boards and having a good look through your posts.

    I'm 35 and have been riding on and off since I was 8. I have never owned my own horse but it is my dream! Here is what I need some advice on. I'm now in a position financially were I could buy a horse, but I work 4 days a week and have two boys aged 1 and 4. My kids are my priority but I would so love to have my own horse. I do work at home a fair bit so as long as the horse is stabled near me I could spend my lunch time with it. Is it just a pipe dream gettin a horse right now? How do others with kids juggle it? I do have a loan option for 2 days per week but there are restrictions with that. At the moment I'm havin two lessons per week but I really want to progress to little competitions etc. I've still got loads to learn as still bit rusty but was hopin I might be able to do that with my own horse?!
    Maybe I'm mad and would be better to wait till kids are a bit older? Would love to hear your views!

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        07-29-2010, 09:47 AM
    Of course its possible. It's your dream and you can finally make it happen :) Good for you .
    I would suggest getting a horse that is older or doesn't need consistant work to stay well trained , that will make it alot easier on your if you don't have the time certains weeks. Get a horse that your children could ride so that you could ring them with you if they enjoy it . I would also suggest if you are worried about not being able to spend enough time with your horse then getting a person to do a half lease and ride the days you can't ride , that will also help you with the cost of the horse ! You could even have a family member go and ride when you arent able to . I wish you the best in finding your familys perfect new best friend , a horse is truely an amazing animal that anyone would be lucky to be in the presense of .
        07-29-2010, 09:49 AM
    I am happy for you! I too know what it's like to want your own horse forever. It will be so great for your kids to be able to grow up with them! Good luck and keep us posted:)
        07-29-2010, 10:02 AM
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    I say go for it!! The right horse should fit right in with your schedule just fine..although I am sure you may have times where you just can't drag yourself away ha ha.

    Just have a contingency plan for emergencies. Horses can occasionally get hurt, things happen while you are there and you need a plan in case you end up having to wait around for a vet, farrier, etc. That is the only thing that I have an issue with because I find myself scrambling to make sure the baby is taken care of when emergencies happen....I found out yesterday because I had to pick up baby by 6 and at 5:15 Cinny decides to be an idiot and cut his fetlock BAD. That's when I get frazzled....baby, hurt horse, baby, hurt horse What do you do? Luckily daddy was able to pick up baby but he usually works out of town so... Anyway, you get the point. Oh, and the horse is fine, it looked worse than it was...
        07-29-2010, 11:23 AM
    Good luck and loads of fun too you. I had a break and came back to horses when my youngest was seven. It was fab, she helped me loads and enjoyed doing it. Little kids wheelbarrows and gardening tools soon got converted into muck out equipment and both kids loved it.

    My only advice too is get an older horse. One that is the same no matter how often or little it is ridden. Then you can just jump on a go without any major concerns.
        07-29-2010, 11:51 AM
    All great suggestions above. Just want to add, think of how much fun you will have when both kids are in school!

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