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    10-02-2010, 03:55 AM
Another good possible option is trying to find a place with self-board? May help alleviate prices, but Idk?? What's board run for out there??
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    10-02-2010, 03:55 AM
Who the heck knows other than you?

You are basically asking if you can keep horses at unknown boarding cost with your income being unknown.

The only person in the world that can anwer that is you.
    10-02-2010, 05:53 AM
Green Broke
I'm currently a full time student at university and I just got a horse.

My dad is chucking in a little bit for my horse (but he doesn't contribute to any of my living costs) but mostly I am paying for it. I'm going to be supporting the horse off savings, and working in holidays and weekends to replenish it.

It is do-able. I have had a horse previously while I was out of home and studying. You have to be realistic about the time you actually have. If you work 9-5 will you be able to feed and rug twice a day? Or will you have board somewhere that does that?

Because I have time I have my horse kept at a friends property. I am responsible for all his care and they let me keep him there if I help out. He's a pretty good doer and isn't shod, so that is another cut down of costs.

Be realistic about the money you have, and the time you have. It is definitely possible though.

Good luck!
    10-02-2010, 06:16 AM
mliponoga: It varies really widely..I'm not as familiar with the places closest to the area I'll be moving to, but I would guess that places I would consider there would probably run $175-300, most likely somewhere near the middle of those figures.

AlexS: I don't know if I'm misreading but I felt that your post had a tone a little bit ruder than necessary...but anyway, if you read my post closely you will see that I am not yet certain how much money I will be making as I have yet to have any job at all yet and am just asking to hear about others' experiences with this type of situation to see if it seems likely that I will be able to make this work.

Saskia: Thank you for your input! Where I live most horses very very rarely need to be rugged, if at all, which is pretty lucky for us! But stables tend to be a bit few and far between, so I think most of us don't self-feed or clean. Chances are that I will be living a minimum of 20 minutes from where my potential horse is boarded and they'll be in a 24/7 pasture situation (definitely only looking at horses that will be able to stand up to that living situation) and I will only be able to get out a couple of times a week, that is if I am able to make it work...

I think my next move should definitely be to start to really take a hard look at what stables are available in that area. Now I just need to allot some actual time to do that soon, lol
    10-02-2010, 02:29 PM
Ehh, just marry rich :P
    10-03-2010, 04:35 AM
I wouldn't worry about getting a horse right now if I were in your situation. Your entire life is about to can't possibly predict whether or not you will be able to afford to own a horse. Get yourself moved and a job. After those things are accomplished, you will be able to better determine how much time and money you will have each month to spend on a horse.
    10-03-2010, 02:29 PM
^^ I have to agree, why don't you wait even 3 months until you're all settled. If you're saving enough money each month for your horse in those 3 months then go for it. If not, re-evaluate your budget.
    10-04-2010, 09:22 AM
Originally Posted by rocky pony    
assuming that you have an easy-to-keep, low maintenance horse
That is about as scary of an assumption as I have ever read. You have to be kidding me.

Do not go into ownership assuming your horse will be easy to keep and low maintenance.

What exactly will you do when Dobbin injures himself and is no longer easy to keep and low maintenance? I highly doubt your boss will give you a raise just to pay your new expenses.
    10-05-2010, 05:02 PM
Sorry all for the delay, I've been pretty busy the last few days.

Well, in any situation when something happens to a horse that goes beyond what you can possibly afford, that is when you see if he can be rehomed or have him humanely put down. A lot of people get horses on a budget and would have to do the same if they were no longer easy to keep, so I find it strange that you would see that as that big a deal. There are tons and tons of horses out there of hardy breeds who are young, healthy, sound, require minimal feeding to keep weight on, etc, who stay that way up to old age. It's not the worst thing in the world to seek out a horse like that when you are on a budget and all but assume that he will remain that way...
At least half the people I know with horses are in situations like that.
    10-05-2010, 05:06 PM
It is just wrong to go into horse ownership knowing that if next week your horse required shoes to stay sound you would have to find a new home or put it down. Sorry. It is very different not being able to afford colic surgery than it is someone going in and only being to afford the most basics.

Heck, a nasty cut can require some expensive vet care, stalling and daily treatments. All of which you say in your original post are outside your ability to maintain.

Wait until you can afford a horse to buy one, for its sake!

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