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        03-10-2010, 06:03 PM
      #21
    Showing
    I'm not totally in agreement with the whole "get lessons or you can't ride" thing. I think if you're going to be doing fences, you need an instructor. I never had an instructor though, and I'm a pretty good Western rider. My English needs a touch-up as I just started learning that on my gelding. Ifyou're just doing flat work, I don't think you necessarily NEED lessons. IF you have a good, reliable horse. If you need help cooperating with your horse, sell the horse or get a trainer to help you build a partnership. Of course, I've had my mom to help me learn when I was three, so I guess I did have a type of lessons:)
         
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        03-11-2010, 03:25 AM
      #22
    Trained
    It's certainly worth the wait, but the 'feel good' horse books are as far from the truth of horse ownership as you can get!! It's a very long, hard and mega expensive road.
    I was having weekly lessons and reading every book about horses I could possibly find, buying as many barbie and toy horses as I could get and making my own stables from 4 years old! I went until I was 10 or 11 until I convinced my parents to let me get a horse. Typically, neither of my parents had a clue about what was involved with horses. So thinking in terms of money ,we bought the cheapest pony we could find. $800 for a little 12 year old welsh mare that had done next to nothing other than have a couple of foals for the stud she lived on, and very limited education.

    I got bucked off that pony many a time, had plenty of tears and tantrums and my parents realised how **** expensive and painfull horses can be!

    Since then, I have however progressed as a rider and horse person, I have had a number of horses, taking them off the track to re-educate, working for a dealer riding her nut cut 'turn over' horses etc. And have finally got myself in a position where I have been recognised as a successful young dressage rider by making it onto the State Dressage Squad!

    It is very much worth it but you HAVE to know that it is just so expensive, and not easy at all. You have to bare in mind that you can find the horse of your dreams, pay $5000 for it, get it home and when it gallops in the paddock it may fall and break its leg Your $5000 has disapeared in an instant.

    I definitely know how it feels to want a horse so much that it hurts! After having been very involved and competitive with horses for some years, I sold my last horse wanting to move on again at the end of 2008. I have been looking for a suitable horse ever since and still have not found one. Be glad you've only been waiting for a couple of months :P I have to pay for everything myself, and it is a HUGE committment. I'm also at university so that makes it even harder for me to find a suitable horse for dressage, not having as much time to ride and work means less money and I need a quieter horse.

    Good luck, but take it easy. Don't rush into anything. When you start looking for horses, don't just go and ride the first one, think it's pretty and buy it. That's what I did and although I didn't turn out too bad, I still regret that I didn't keep looking ratehr than pestering my parents to buy me THAT pony. All the kids at pony club were on their beautifully educated, quiet ponies that would do anything and go anywhere. And I was always there, being carted around the grounds, getting bucked off, bolted with, never able to compete in any of the pony club events, holding up the classes because my pony was being naughty.... get a nice quiet one to start with and build on it from there is all I can say ;)
         
        03-11-2010, 04:24 PM
      #23
    Started
    It's absolutely worth the wait. Once you finally have a horse, it feels so good that you start to forget how bad it was not having one. But for now, you can get your horsey fix by taking lessons and working at a barn and whatnot.

    A little off topic, but I think it would be great for you to start off leasing. I really wish I had gone that route before buying my first horse. It's a great way to prepare for actual ownership. Best of luck.
         
        03-18-2010, 10:50 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Keep trying

    I started riding when I was 5 and when I was 10 I wanted my own horse because I had learned everything in lessons.

    My advice is to take lessons, you only need the basics to be able to go out and ride, and if you or your parents can't afford it, you could take online lessons (which don't seem to make much sense actually, I believe in the hands on experience), or you could work at a stable.

    I went to a stable for lessons, but my mom said that we couldn't afford it anymore,they had 18 horses, with one stablehand, who also had to get ready for midterms, so I said that I would come down and help her a few days a week if she would give me a free lesson everytime I did.

    Because I just wanted to be aorund horses so bad, even if it meant mucking out 18 stalls a day.

    And it turned out to be really fun, I mucked the stalls, fed the horses, brushed them, gave some of them baths, cleaned tack, and even fed the cats....anyway my point is that it didn't even seem like work because I got to spend the whole day with horses, when I would normally be sitting in front of the TV complaining about how there's nothin good on it, that's what I did the summer break before :p.

    But after I learned everything I needed I started wanting my own horse,
    But we couldn't afford it. So when I turned 12 I started petsitting (got paid 200$ for watching 2 dogs for 10 days).

    My neighbor who has two dogs heard and knew that I wanted to be a vet, she had just gotten a job and her husband works so her dogs were all alone from 8:00 to 6:00pm.

    I am homeschooled so she asked me if I could go over during the day and walk them.

    I do any missed work after school and I get paid 9 dollars an hour.

    I looked up rates for leasing at all the barns near me and learned that I could quarter lease a horse for fifty dollars a month.

    So I told my mom what I wanted to do, and she was so proud of me for getting a job and sticking with it through the winter (I am sure you all heard about the giant snow storm, yeah we were right in the middle of that, plus I have to walk about four acres to get to her house), that she agreeed to pay for half of the fee.

    So we went down and now I can ride the trails once a week because that's as much as my mom can drive me.

    This summer I am going to take a CPR class and will be putting out babysitting flyers.
    I can charge 5-6 dollars an hour per kid, my mom said she would pay for half if I can make enough money to board my own horse.
    So I am getting close to having my own horse!

    Just stick with it, my advice is to get a job and get some lessons, if all your interested in are the trails then take western - if you want to learn to jump and stuff like that take english. I

    F you like animals start petsitting because trust me there are a lot less of those than there are babysitters.

    If you want to babysit, you pretty much have to take a CPR class, that way you have an upper hand against all the other girls (of course I'm not sure how old you are, I am just assuming by the way you type :) I can usually tell) who are bored and want a summer job.

    Beleive it or not, its a lot easier than you think to get a horse for free, or very inexpensively, there are a lot of people who can't afford their horses anymore, and a lot of poor horses who get abandoned so please look innto that if you raise enough to board a horse someday.


    Good luck!
    Selene
         
        03-19-2010, 07:59 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Selene    
    I started riding when I was 5 and when I was 10 I wanted my own horse because I had learned everything in lessons.

    My advice is to take lessons, you only need the basics to be able to go out and ride, and if you or your parents can't afford it, you could take online lessons (which don't seem to make much sense actually, I believe in the hands on experience), or you could work at a stable.

    I went to a stable for lessons, but my mom said that we couldn't afford it anymore,they had 18 horses, with one stablehand, who also had to get ready for midterms, so I said that I would come down and help her a few days a week if she would give me a free lesson everytime I did.

    Because I just wanted to be aorund horses so bad, even if it meant mucking out 18 stalls a day.

    And it turned out to be really fun, I mucked the stalls, fed the horses, brushed them, gave some of them baths, cleaned tack, and even fed the cats....anyway my point is that it didn't even seem like work because I got to spend the whole day with horses, when I would normally be sitting in front of the TV complaining about how there's nothin good on it, that's what I did the summer break before :p.

    But after I learned everything I needed I started wanting my own horse,
    But we couldn't afford it. So when I turned 12 I started petsitting (got paid 200$ for watching 2 dogs for 10 days).

    My neighbor who has two dogs heard and knew that I wanted to be a vet, she had just gotten a job and her husband works so her dogs were all alone from 8:00 to 6:00pm.

    I am homeschooled so she asked me if I could go over during the day and walk them.

    I do any missed work after school and I get paid 9 dollars an hour.

    I looked up rates for leasing at all the barns near me and learned that I could quarter lease a horse for fifty dollars a month.

    So I told my mom what I wanted to do, and she was so proud of me for getting a job and sticking with it through the winter (I am sure you all heard about the giant snow storm, yeah we were right in the middle of that, plus I have to walk about four acres to get to her house), that she agreeed to pay for half of the fee.

    So we went down and now I can ride the trails once a week because that's as much as my mom can drive me.

    This summer I am going to take a CPR class and will be putting out babysitting flyers.
    I can charge 5-6 dollars an hour per kid, my mom said she would pay for half if I can make enough money to board my own horse.
    So I am getting close to having my own horse!

    Just stick with it, my advice is to get a job and get some lessons, if all your interested in are the trails then take western - if you want to learn to jump and stuff like that take english. I

    F you like animals start petsitting because trust me there are a lot less of those than there are babysitters.

    If you want to babysit, you pretty much have to take a CPR class, that way you have an upper hand against all the other girls (of course I'm not sure how old you are, I am just assuming by the way you type :) I can usually tell) who are bored and want a summer job.

    Beleive it or not, its a lot easier than you think to get a horse for free, or very inexpensively, there are a lot of people who can't afford their horses anymore, and a lot of poor horses who get abandoned so please look innto that if you raise enough to board a horse someday.


    Good luck!
    Selene



    Yeah, I do take lessons because other people have also said you learn a lot from lessons. :) I am an english rider. And yes, I really want to make enough money to do so. Thanks so much for the tips how to make money,

    Thanks so much for your advice Selene,
    Ponycrazy,
    Britt
         
        03-22-2010, 12:13 PM
      #26
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ponycrazy    
    Yeah, I do take lessons because other people have also said you learn a lot from lessons. :) I am an english rider. And yes, I really want to make enough money to do so. Thanks so much for the tips how to make money,

    Thanks so much for your advice Selene,
    Ponycrazy,
    Britt
    The other thing with lessons is... it gets you on a horse! It also gets you around people who have horses and sometimes that opens doors... to riding oppurtunities and leases....
         

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