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!
- If you buy a horse, will it come with tack?
- Will it come with blankets/boots?
- 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?
- 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?