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        05-26-2010, 07:02 AM
    Green Broke
    Horses and well Life

    I was wondering what people did to support their life with horses.
    Well I mean what is your job? And how do you cope
    I have just been thinking... alot lately and I don't know if I will be able to do it.
    I'm in my last year of school, am going to take a year off next year to work then go to uni to study zoology if I get in or something releated to animals.
    I don't know if I will have time for my horse when I'm at uni but I don't really want to sell him, I feel selfish but he is my first horse and my forever horse.
    I was thinking if I went to uni and boarded at a place up there I could aggist him somewhere.
    But then would I have the money
    I am taking next year off so I can apply for a student allowence which well get me around $100 a week and then if I'm renting I think I can get help with that as well.
    I could alway keep my horse where he is currently at my friends place... but my friend is now sort of losing interest and doesn't ride much and I think in another 2 years or so her pony wont be there and maybe Buzz wont be able to say as my friend does a large part of the talking when the horses need something.

    Advice would be appreiciated or how everyone else copes with well life
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        05-26-2010, 09:07 AM
    Red, have you thought about doing a long-term lease with someone while you're at university?

    That way, except for major medical decisions, your horse's needs will be taken care of, and he'll be ridden on a regular basis. Then, when you're finished and can financially care for him again, you'll get him back.

    If you decide to go this route you'll need to check references, run a credit check, and have an ironclad contract where everything is spelled out in writing, so there's no confusion about what's expected of the lessee.
        05-26-2010, 10:34 AM
    This info and experience is decades old, but I *think* it's still relevant.

    I had to sell my horse when I left for college. Nearly killed me, but I had to do it. While in college, I rode at a variety of barns until I found a wonderful one and the instructor who became my mentor. After that, I did barn chores in exhange for lessons and coaching. Junior year I leased a horse from her, by that time I was teaching some beginner lessons for her so I bartered that for my lease fees, etc. I also had to have a non-horse part time job so I waited tables. Juggling all of these was incredibly difficult.

    So.....I think taking the horse to uni and boarding him close by, and then finding someone to half or full lease him would be ideal. Even better would be if you could get a part time job at the barn where he's kept.

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