I Don't Own a Horse Anymore. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 08-20-2012, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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I Don't Own a Horse Anymore.

Up until my 18th birthday, I only ever had to pay half of Leia's board, but since I turned 18, I've had to pay full board, vet bills, and farrier. I ended up pulling her shoes so the farrier bill wasn't too high. THEN she had a stifle injury that ended up draining a month's worth of paychecks, leaving me short on board. I haven't shown in two years, haven't had lessons, haven't progressed really because of my financial burdens. I half-leased her out to someone, which helped lower board, but that only lasted a month, so that was short lived. I've been so stressed out having to make board and all the added bills, and I went out to ride out of obligation more than for fun. I couldn't show her hunters because I'm too old to show a pony, and jumpers is way too expensive. And BESIDES I couldn't even afford to show if I wanted to. Anyways, so I decided to put her up for sale, and almost had a for sure buyer, but she ended backing out last minute. I didn't get much interest after that, or if I did, it wasn't a good fit. I have to start college in a few weeks and won't be able to work as much as I do now, so affording a horse is way out of the question. I ended up giving her to the school barn I board her at, so she can be used there. Now, I'll be able to see her and even ride her if I want, without being stressed all the time. I can afford lessons and shows and all that. I'm sad because I've had her for 6 and a half years and have known her since she was born. We grew up together and I wouldn't be the rider I am today without her. BUT I feel better GIVING her to someone who I am assured will take care of her and I can see her, than getting money for not being able to see her again.

Anyways, I am no longer a horse owner. I may lease later, but idk. Not having a financial burden like that feels SO free. It's bittersweet, but I truly feel I've made the best choice for her and me.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-20-2012, 11:57 PM
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Yep, it's that time of life where horse ownership becomes difficult. I'm 17 and almost to that point......but I don't own a horse. It's has to be hard parting with a horsey friend. I'm having a hard time accepting the fact that I won't own a horse for 6+ years. Which is killing me.......I hope everything works out for you and you can have your Leia back when you have the cash

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-21-2012, 12:19 AM
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im 18 and one more year left of school. but luckly i dont board and they will stay at my parents, i may take one to school for a while in the winter but they can stay at home, i have 2 and mom has one.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-21-2012, 12:23 AM
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That sucks im so sorry to hear that. Good to hear she will be close so you can see her and maybe ride her. We just had to sell all of our horses we just cant afford them. It hurt so bad to see them go, but you have to do whats best for them and you. I still keep in touch with the buyers of ours to see how they are doing.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-21-2012, 01:12 AM
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i didn't buy my first horse until i was done with Grad school (26 years old). My horse costs me nearly $1200 a month, and i cannot even imagine paying that kind of money as a teenager. Horses, even in the most rural of areas, are a financial burden. One day you will be done with college, making great money, and you'll be able to have a horse without even breaking a sweat!
I think you made the right choice.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-21-2012, 09:55 AM
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And they say money can't buy happiness! If I had more money-I'd be happier.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-21-2012, 10:43 AM
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^ never a more true statement!

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