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post #1 of 5 Old 10-21-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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my plan for keeping a horse am i naive?

Hi Everyone I've been ridding for 5 years.I consider myself intermediate advanced.I want to buy a horse my dad will be paying for it.I was thinking of doing pasture board or board that i can work off and then possibly having the horse go barefoot since I've heard that its better for most horses i would of course talk to the horses current owner and farrier first to see if its the best option for the horse.I am planning on board covering food and the horse coming with its own tack.I am thinking with this all i need to pay for is shoes every 6 weeks, dewormer and board every month as immediate type payments.Then i would budget and save for the vaccines and teeth floating.i was wondering what you guys think of this?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-21-2011, 10:29 PM
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First of all, how old are you? That would make a huge impact on how you would finance your horse. The purchase cost of horse is the least expensive part of horse ownership. You also need to budget in vet bills that may arise out of the blue (horses tend to be rather self destructive creatures and will surprise you with random injuries or ailments).

Second, I honestly don't know of many horses being sold right now in my area that are being advertised as "Sold with tack". I'm not sure if that's different in your area, but I imagine it isn't. If by luck you do find one, good on you, but I'm just saying don't get your expectations up to that standard if it isn't common practice.
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im 19 and i have a steady job waitressing.Buying tack even if the horse won't come with it isn't a big deal i know where to get good quality for decent prices.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-22-2011, 01:28 AM
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I think there are too many contingencies that need to be met in your plan.

It's pretty hard to find a decently priced good first horse, but you're also looking for one that can be pasture boarded, go barefoot, have no other health and maintenence issues and comes with tack.

Not saying that you can't find such a horse, just that you're putting a lot of limitations on your search.

What if you run into a riding or training problem that you need help with? Will you have money for lessons or to hire a trainer?

What is the horse gets hurt? You'll need an emergency fund to dip into for the vet and first aid supplies. .

I think an ideal situation for you would be to find a horse to lease for at least 6 months. That way you can discover for yourself what the real costs of ownership are, how they work with your budget, but without a long term commitment at first.

After you've leased for a while would be a better time to go shopping for a first horse. You'll have that much more riding experience under your belt, and a clearer idea of what you do and don't want.

As far as tack, you didn't mention your budget or what you consider decent tack, but just as an example, a good used saddle comparable to the one I ride in now, that would fit me and both my horses would run about $650.

Good luck in your search, and good for you for thinking and planning ahead.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-22-2011, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for your responses.I don't want to be one those people that come on here not knowing what to do because there horse got hurt or something.Can you close this thread please? I'm going to look for a full lease instead of buying one.
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