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    03-14-2012, 09:07 AM
  #11
Showing
If you are doing this for a 4 year old - it is a terrible idea. If you are looking for a horse for yourself, you still have to consider professional lessons for at least your daughter.

No matter what you do - continue what you are doing, buy a horse, or lease one - you still need lessons.
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    03-14-2012, 10:29 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
If you are doing this for a 4 year old - it is a terrible idea. If you are looking for a horse for yourself, you still have to consider professional lessons for at least your daughter.

No matter what you do - continue what you are doing, buy a horse, or lease one - you still need lessons.

Absolutely.
Finances aren't the problem. It's just for what I am paying.. say I did get her a 30 min pony ride ever day of the week.. that's $560 a month and the rides are only 30 mins long.
For $560 a month I can feed, house, vet, farrier, etc a horse and I can ride, and she can ride.. whenever I want.. for much longer than 30 minutes
Make sense?

For the first time in my life I am debt free aside from our small mortgage and we our doing well for ourselves. It's always been a dream of mine to own a good trail horse and go riding into the mountains on the weekend.
I did the leasing thing as a kid for years. I don't want to pay anyone to ride their horse anymore. I want my own
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    03-14-2012, 10:43 AM
  #13
Green Broke
I would wait. Lessons with an instructor who is good with kids will probably go a lot further than riding around on your own horse.

It's not just the cost of a horse, and it can easily cost upwards of $1000 for a pony suitable for a child, its tack, rugs and other gear. Boarding, feed, farrier, vet, which could go into the thousands in the case of injury. Horses aren't cheap.

Your daughter may be asking to ride everyday, but when I was four what I wanted more than anything was a gorilla. But things change. At four she'll probably be starting school soon, so she may not even have the time to ride everyday. It can be good sometimes for children not to get everything they want.

Give her two lessons a week or something, and after two or three years if she is still keen then look at buying her a pony.
     
    03-14-2012, 10:47 AM
  #14
Yearling
I would wait too. Put the money towards leasing, and see how it fits you financially. Then think of doubling that cost if the horse was truly yours. If it still seems like a good idea then, go for it. I have my horsesat home, but I easily spend $400-600 /mo to care for them.
     
    03-14-2012, 11:59 AM
  #15
Green Broke
While I do agree with all the above, I did want to toss a little lightness in with the following, WHEN the time comes and you need to give your husband that final little "push" towards the idea it is as simple as this. You have a daughter, and you have a simple choice -- horses or boys.
     
    03-14-2012, 12:03 PM
  #16
Weanling
It sounds like you want a horse as much for yourself as for your daughter. As long as finances aren't an issue and you are still going to get lessons for at least your daughter...I say go for it. It being a WELL BROKE horse of course.
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    03-14-2012, 12:47 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
While I do agree with all the above, I did want to toss a little lightness in with the following, WHEN the time comes and you need to give your husband that final little "push" towards the idea it is as simple as this. You have a daughter, and you have a simple choice -- horses or boys.
or the way my wife did years ago...

We live about 5 miles from a Paint breeder and every spring, for 10 years, we would drive by and see a small 'Foals for Sale' sign by the road. One day she said.."Let's stop and just look." No harm in that...right? She went off looking at the horses while I looked around the ranch and we left about an hour later. The next day she came home, all excited, waving a bill of sale and saying "Let's go visit our horse!" I thought she was nuts, but it didn't take long before I hooked, and still love it.
     
    03-14-2012, 03:36 PM
  #18
Super Moderator
All children should learn the value of both the word 'No' and "we cannot afford it."
     
    03-14-2012, 03:48 PM
  #19
Super Moderator
Give your daughter a dose of vitamin N (the "No" word).
One lesson a week, and the other times you maybe just pet the horses. She's 4, and that's too young to get everything you want.

If you want a horse, well, that's a different kettle of fish. (I've always wanted to use that old expressions somewhere!)
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    03-14-2012, 10:07 PM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Give your daughter a dose of vitamin N (the "No" word).
One lesson a week, and the other times you maybe just pet the horses. She's 4, and that's too young to get everything you want.
So if a kid wants a book read to them every night, should we also say NO, you get ONE book reading a week and that's it!

The OP already said it isn't that she can't afford it, it's that she feels she would spend more $$$ paying by ride than just purchasing a horse.

Hey, if you can afford to buy your kid a horse, that's great! I see absolutely nothing wrong with buying a kid a horse, paying for rides or a lease as long as you can afford it and don't mind spending your $$$ on it.
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