Moving Out with a Horse: At a Loss. Opinions?

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    09-30-2010, 07:33 PM
Moving Out with a Horse: At a Loss. Opinions?

Is it at all reasonable to keep a horse and support yourself fresh out of your parents' house on a full time job (no more school than maybe one class at a time here and there)...assuming that you have an easy-to-keep, low maintenance horse boarded at an affordable stable and live in a roommate situation to save money?

I'm hoping to move out within the next 6 months or so to be closer to my girlfriend of five years. I am in the process of selling my current/only horse (originally because he is not a good match for me, not to mention particularly pricey to keep) and when I decided that I was going to move out in the near future, after a long period of thought, I concluded that I probably shouldn't replace the horse I am selling. But could I?

I'd really like to have another horse. I've worked with them most of my life and they are my passion in life- I can't imagine doing anything with my life outside of the horse world...but I am trying to be smart and do the right thing for now, and figured that I could survive a small break from the horse world until I'm on my feet, but I have a friend who may be willing to eventually give me a horse that I've been admiring for a long time and I'm extremely tempted. I don't think she would be able to hold the horse for as long as it would take me to be moved out and on my feet.

I'm really just asking for opinions on this kind of situation, and maybe examples of situations you or someone you know has been through. I haven't really worked a steady job at all yet- very long story of me having the worst luck in the world health-wise, so I don't really know how things go when I am working.
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    10-01-2010, 02:20 AM
I can't speak for myself, because I still live at home, but I have a friend who's living alone and owns a horse.

She rents a suite that's on a farm - the lady used to own horses but is too old to take care of them now, so she allows my friend to keep her horse there. My friend obviously cares for her horse completely by herself, works full time, buys all of her and her horses feed/supplies, and still manages to have a bunch of social time. She plans to go back to school soon too.

So, it can be done! You just have to find the right situation, supportive roommates help lol!
    10-01-2010, 03:37 AM
Thank you for responding! That already gives me hope, having just been hit with "Oh my god, I don't have a horse anymore" as my mom and I are scrounging up all of our records on Kainne to pass on to his new owner, what an awful feeling.

I really hope that I can figure a way to make it work. I really want to try to be smart but wow, I really don't know if I will be able to stand this feeling!
    10-01-2010, 04:02 AM
If you do, stick with just the one.
I did it but it was very hard for me. I ate ramen for all my meals for awhile. It just depends on how much you make. I'd recommend writing out your expenses vs how much money you will make and see where it puts you.

Congrats on moving out to be with your girlfriend :)
    10-01-2010, 04:10 AM
Yeah, I definitely wouldn't try to do more than one, I've always really only had one horse for myself anyway so that wouldn't be a problem. I don't mind sacrificing a lot for myself- I find that the older the get the less I require, haha..especially if I could make this work.
I'll definitely try that and see how everything I just need to get a job, lol, it sure is hard around here right now. It would be much easier to get a job in the area where I'm going to be moving to, but I really can't go yet.

And thanks a ton! It's very exciting, after five years of being five hours apart...she moved closer for school, about an hour away, but pretty quickly I realized that just wasn't going to be close enough, haha..already I feel like I spend more time there than I do here...but the gas back and forth is getting to be pretty pricey!
    10-01-2010, 06:13 PM
Yes, it definitely can be done. You would be wise to write your expenses/budget before hand to determine what your costs will be before adding the horse to the mix, but if you work hard and are careful with money it can def. Be done!
    10-01-2010, 07:01 PM
It really, really depends on your budget. You need to sit down and write out all of your expenses and income. I mean I'm 21, my girlfriend is 20, and we have a house payment of $800, four horses, three dogs, student loans, etc. A lot of our friends are amazed that we do it, but we skimp on things like going to the mall, going out to eat, going to the movies, etc. We just make it work...
    10-01-2010, 09:25 PM
Thank you guys a ton! Yeah, I definitely don't do much going out to eat or shop or anything, I rarely ever even buy anything at all for myself beyond absolute necessities...and even those I cut back on whenever I can, so that should be a huge plus for me. I'm always wearing clothes until they pretty much fall apart and such, hahaha

I'm getting pretty excited now, haha, I'll be so thrilled if I can make this work =)
    10-01-2010, 09:55 PM
Not sure of your circumstances, but would there be anyway to find a place to rent with a small amount of acreage? I know Cali is very high priced, so I'm guessing not :(

In MI I rent a 2 bedroom house with 5 acres for $800 a month.
    10-02-2010, 03:36 AM
Man, if only..yeah, I don't think I could find anything like that here =(
If I could talk my girlfriend into going to her next school out of the state it sure would be nice, but I doubt she will..agh. But there are some places in the area with very reasonable board, which is good! I'm thinking that I probably can make this work somehow!

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