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    01-07-2013, 01:00 PM
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Foal
Might be getting my first horse soon! :D Need a little help...

By "soon", I mean in a year or so. I've been riding for about 7 years and I've only been able to ride school horses and have leased a couple times. Although I'm aware of how lucky I am to even have these opportunities, I find it hard to establish a bond with a horse if it's just going to be sold in a year or so...or if you run out of time with the lease...it's happened to me numerous times. I feel like whenever I have to lease a new horse, I'm back at square one---forget the progress I've made with the old horse because I have to get to know the new one before I'm doing the level of riding I was at before. And who doesn't want their own horse?

I haven't been able to have my own because of money. But my parents said if I share a horse with some one, by splitting time and costs, I can have one of my own. I found a friend that's willing to share, and after she takes some lessons we're going to do it!

Now I have a couple questions about horse ownership and buying horses. If you can answer any, please do!
  1. If you buy a horse, will it come with tack?
  2. Will it come with blankets/boots?
  3. If you board a horse somewhere, do you have to tell the barn owners what grain you give your horse and leave it to them to buy it, or do you have to buy it yourself?
  4. Who determines what grain/hay a horse will get? Previous owners, vets, or will it be me?

Again this won't happen until a year or so, so it's no biggie that I don't have all the answers right away. I'm not ready yet but I will be in a some time!
     
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    01-07-2013, 01:04 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Welcome and congratulations on the possibly impending purchase.
The answer to all your question is - it depends. Most sales do not include tack, but some do - plan on budgeting to purchase your own, though....this includes blankets and boots as well. Different boarding facilities and plans within the facility will have different things included or stipulated. You may find a facility that has a set feed program/feed they use, they may be willing to feed your grain if you supply something different, etc. Generally, if you are going to feed something specific and different from what the barn uses, you will be expected to supply that feed. Your best bet in determining the feed you give your horse is to evaluate the horse and his/her needs - this can be done by talking with the previous owner (they do not have any control over what you choose once the sale is final), talking with your vet, etc. What the specific horse needs will depend on the horse.
     
    01-07-2013, 01:07 PM
  #3
Yearling
All of the questions you've asked really depend on the individual horse and people your buying from.
     
    01-07-2013, 01:09 PM
  #4
Banned
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Originally Posted by WoahHorsie    
By "soon", I mean in a year or so. I've been riding for about 7 years and I've only been able to ride school horses and have leased a couple times. Although I'm aware of how lucky I am to even have these opportunities, I find it hard to establish a bond with a horse if it's just going to be sold in a year or so...or if you run out of time with the lease...it's happened to me numerous times. I feel like whenever I have to lease a new horse, I'm back at square one---forget the progress I've made with the old horse because I have to get to know the new one before I'm doing the level of riding I was at before. And who doesn't want their own horse?

I haven't been able to have my own because of money. But my parents said if I share a horse with some one, by splitting time and costs, I can have one of my own. I found a friend that's willing to share, and after she takes some lessons we're going to do it!

Now I have a couple questions about horse ownership and buying horses. If you can answer any, please do!
  1. If you buy a horse, will it come with tack?
  2. Will it come with blankets/boots?
  3. If you board a horse somewhere, do you have to tell the barn owners what grain you give your horse and leave it to them to buy it, or do you have to buy it yourself?
  4. Who determines what grain/hay a horse will get? Previous owners, vets, or will it be me?

Again this won't happen until a year or so, so it's no biggie that I don't have all the answers right away. I'm not ready yet but I will be in a some time!
Sorry had to quote your questions so I could answer em without forgetting:
1) it will only come with tack if you REALLY want the owners tack and they REALLY want to sell it....hey anything is negotiable
2) same as above^^^
3) yes you have to tell them, you usually have to buy the feed (some places won't do extra feeding and just feed hay and it's up to you to feed any extra)
4) YOU determine what to feed and how much....if you are unsure ask your BO or someone knowledgeable about nutrition.

Hope that helped
     
    01-07-2013, 01:26 PM
  #5
Started
Getting your first horse is always very exciting!

From personal experience however, I advise that you make sure that your agreement with your friend is very very clear... as in written contract clear. Some of the things you should be sure to iron out:
-- Are you two literally sharing ownership, or will she essentially just half lease the horse from you?
-- What will happen if one of you fails to pay board / farrier / vet costs?
-- How will you split up days and/or riding times?
-- What will happen in a few years when you two are about to launch into the rest of your lives (college, moving out, finding work)? Will the horse be sold, will you be able to continue sharing ownership, or will one of you buy out the other?

I know all of this stuff is annoying to have to deal with, but take it from the girl who lost her beloved pony when she went to college because of shared ownership complications -- it HURTS a lot if you don't have all of these things straightened out from the get go.

As for your other questions:
1. Tack, blankets, boots, etc will sometimes be offered with the horse, but usually the horse is sold as-is... with no accessories included. If the owner is willing to sell tack and equipment, you'll usually have to pay more for it. Also, as far as saddles go it's usually better to get your own so that you are sure that it fits you and the horse well.
2. The answer to question number 1 is the same as this one
3. Feeding policies vary from one barn to the next, so this is something you'll have to clarify with the barn owner when you first meet them. In my experience the barn owners will provide a "basic diet" of hay and a complete feed or ration balancer supplement, both of which they take responsibility for buying and providing. If you want your horse to be fed something in addition to or instead of what the barn owner usually feeds, then it is your responsibility to buy the feed/supplement AND portion it so that it can be easily fed without the barn owner having to spend extra time.
4. What your horse eats is ultimately your decision to make. Vets can frequently offer good advice, and previous owners or barn owners will often offer their advice/opinions (which sometimes can be inaccurate or misleading). The best thing is to educate yourself about nutrition however. One useful resource for making sure that your horse is getting all of the nutrients he needs is feedxl.com. What a horse needs to stay healthy and happy can vary radically from one horse to the next, so becoming familiar with your horse's individual needs will benefit both you and him the most.
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    01-07-2013, 05:00 PM
  #6
Weanling
There's a sticky thread on buying horses you might want to have a look at.

Buying a horse that's right for you.
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    01-07-2013, 05:11 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by WoahHorsie    
I haven't been able to have my own because of money. But my parents said if I share a horse with some one, by splitting time and costs, I can have one of my own. I found a friend that's willing to share, and after she takes some lessons we're going to do it!

Now I have a couple questions about horse ownership and buying horses. If you can answer any, please do!
  1. If you buy a horse, will it come with tack?
  2. Will it come with blankets/boots?
  3. If you board a horse somewhere, do you have to tell the barn owners what grain you give your horse and leave it to them to buy it, or do you have to buy it yourself?
  4. Who determines what grain/hay a horse will get? Previous owners, vets, or will it be me?
Be careful with sharing a horse. It works great for some, however they are money hogs so before you even get the horse.. work out who is responsible for what, how you are going to pay the bills, and what the riding/spending time schedule is like. Also you mentioned her getting lessons... has she not ridden before? If that's the case, you need to consider getting a very chillax horse to share with her or it just won't be fun or safe.....

1. It depends on the buying situation. My horse did not come with tack, but I did borrow some and slowly buy my own.
2. Sometimes, but not often.
3. It depends on the barn. Better to agree on feed. Usually you aren't required to buy the grain unless you want to feed something the barn doesn't offer, or the terms are you supply feed and hay.
4. VET. Never just go with whatever. You need to consider what the previous owners fed. But ultimately you need to consult your vet to see if the horse is currently healthy or if they are lacking a certain something. Check for allergies and special needs (insulin resistant, etc.) before you just give whatever grain your riding instructor's uncle told you to feed.

This horse will be your responsibility. It's not like a goldfish where you give them a nice tank and drizzle food on the water, and perhaps clean the tank on a weekly basis. Horses require a lot... I would think about a lease to own option.

Honestly I wouldn't share either... it sucks when the person you're supposed to split costs with doesn't do their part. Then what?
     

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