Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
The reality of it all is that you /will/ need that stuff and I see a lot of horses being sold because their owners are going to college. There are ways around this... For instance volunteer at a horse rescue, take lessons or part-board/lease a horse instead of buying one right away. Part-boarding or leasing can be like having a horse but without all the costs and if you are busy with college it will still be taken care of.
If you are determined on getting your own horse than you need to be realistic. Will you need to get a job to pay for the horse? If you do get a job, will you have enough time to balance school, work and taking care of your horse? Is your course time consuming? Can you have enough money saved up for an emergency fund for your horse? And remember, the initial purchase of the horse is the least amount you will end up paying. Hay prices are rising (at least they are here), vet bills, tack, first aid kit, board, farrier, etc. So if this is something you are serious about and you have a realistic mindset (keeping those questions in mind) then it is time to make a budget. Seriously do your homework, figure out how much everything will cost for a year for owning a horse vs part-boarding or leasing a horse.
It is great that you are so into horses and you know you want this lifestyle. However apart of this lifestyle is to realize that if you do buy a horse, you are then responsible for its life. Finances, well-being, attention, training, etc. So think long and hard, put some serious thought into it. Consider other options and see what is right for you with your current life style. Owning a horse is not realistic for me, nor is leasing/partboarding. I absolutely plan on owning horses one day, but I just can't afford it. I graduate in December, and then I am getting a fulltime job and saving up money. After I have a nice savings fund, then I am going to think about leasing or part-boarding and then eventually buying.