Okay Im 18, going to college and I have been riding on and off for three years. I'm not great, but I know how to ride. I have always loved horses ever since I was little but just recently learned to ride. So I was interested in getting a horse. I was wondering if yall could help me. Is this to soon to get one?Do I need more experience?How much should I have saved before I get one? And any other advice you think I should know tell me. Please! By the way I will greatly appreciate if you would respond. Thankyou so much!!!! And please be honest!!! . <3
Instead of buying, why not lease first? That way, you'll get the horse owning experience but won't have the full expenses dropped on you.
Unless you're working full time, it'll be difficult to keep a horse. They need routine farrier care, as well as yearly vaccinations and teeth floatings. Not to mention, what happens if the horse gets sick or goes lame? Will you have the money to pay costly emergency vet bills, or ongoing medical treatment?
The purchase price is the LEAST amount you'll ever pay for a horse; it's their continual upkeep that will drain your finances, especially if you're unable to budget properly.
Maybe you could find a barn near the college & work to pay for riding? Lessons in a discipine you're interested in? Become friends w/some owners & "exercise" their horse for them or share some riding time-that's almost a lease-haha. Or find a lease partner on a horse you feel comfortable with. Lots of options out there, be creative.