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post #21 of 37 Old 05-04-2013, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Good point. I have thought about that though, and I could then ride lesson horses in my lessons, when i would do the most/highest jumping. That way, I could still learn how to ride a variety of different horses, and still enjoy a horse I own. I most likely won't move stables until collage, and abt that, I have found several collages in horse country/with boarding for students on premises. Also, I could find a horse that is safe but at a higher level that I am currently riding, so I might not outgrow it.

Oh, and a lot of people seem to be misunderstanding, I lease a lesson horse, the lease itself is $305 and I ride abt 3x/week w/out lessons, the lessons are $50/each, and I ride once a week, so $200/mo. Together, that is $505. The horse i used to lease was the one that was in lessons so much I cud barely ride, so I switched to this pony (the on in my avatar) and now ride 4x/week with lessons. Comprende?

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post #22 of 37 Old 05-05-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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ok, feel kinda silly 4 not actually putting this in original post, but do you guys think that I am ready for a horse? Don't be obnoxious if you don't think so, if not when? I know it's kinda hard to tell what I know about horses without knowing me, so try our best! THX!

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post #23 of 37 Old 05-07-2013, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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anyone else hav comments?
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post #24 of 37 Old 05-07-2013, 01:31 AM
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Every person is unique and some are ready sooner than others. It also depends a lot on what kind of support you will be getting from those around you. That includes money, but also (just as importantly) help with your horse. You and those around you will know best whether you are ready or not.
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post #25 of 37 Old 05-30-2013, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Ok. I am pretty content with my lease at the moment, maybe I will eventually try to purchase my lease horse, but I think right now this lease is good.

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post #26 of 37 Old 06-04-2013, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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I want to talk to my parents again about this soon. Summer camp is starting, and my current lease is going to be pretty booked, being a lesson horse. There are not any private leases available for the right horse right now, so that is out of the option. How do I bring it up to them? (my parents, that I want a horse)

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post #27 of 37 Old 06-04-2013, 01:20 AM
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This is something else to consider: your parents buy you a horse/you buy it together. If you are a minor, the horse legally belongs to your parents. The horse colics and the vet says its got to have extremely expensive surgery or be put down. You and your parents can't afford the $10,000 surgery (this is not a number I pulled out of a hat, this is an actual price for a surgery my coach's mare was set to have) and your parents with the legal responsibility to make the decision, opt to put the horse down. Not only do you then lose the horse in the most heartbreaking way, but your parents are forced into a position of having to devastate their daughter who their number one job is to protect from harm if possible. That's not a fair position to put your parents in if they aren't 100% on board. In my opinion you are better off to try riding as many different horses as you can and get a feel for exactly what your looking for in a future equine partner and then wait until you are financially responsible enough to do it on your own.
Eta: yes it would still be heartbreaking to lose a horse when your the one making the decisions, but as a knowledgeable horse person, you should know what your getting into by taking on such a huge and delicate responsibility, whereas parents, in the interest of making their kids happy, might get into it without realizing what exactly they're getting into.
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ok, feel kinda silly 4 not actually putting this in original post, but do you guys think that I am ready for a horse? Don't be obnoxious if you don't think so, if not when? I know it's kinda hard to tell what I know about horses without knowing me, so try our best! THX!
Impossible question to answer. Assuming you are boarding, so someone else will recognize health issues.
Then it still depends on the horse. The better the caretaker horse, the more they cost to buy.
No way to answer yes or no.
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post #29 of 37 Old 06-04-2013, 01:57 AM
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I want to talk to my parents again about this soon. Summer camp is starting, and my current lease is going to be pretty booked, being a lesson horse. There are not any private leases available for the right horse right now, so that is out of the option. How do I bring it up to them? (my parents, that I want a horse)
A very good response was posted on horse ownership and the complications if the horse gets ill then the decision has to be made to put the horse down and the effect it will have on the family.

Give horse ownership serious consideration you may find you are better off for a few more months to continue on your present path of lease. As for bringing it up with your parents They most likely already know the question of a horse of your own is going to be asked so ask it. But if the answer is no, then accept that and continue leasing.
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A point I didn't address, or think of at the time of my last post. It seems unlikely to me that good parents would not have a conversation about what they want to do privately. It costs a lot to get a kid into the horse world, they likely talked about it.

It's a teenage thing that you think you cannot talk to us, the parental role. But you know, you can.

Ask them their plans with you and the horse. I think that's easier for you, put the focus on them.

And then you find out where you are at, and you can work with that, whatever that is.
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