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  • What is the difference between one and two horses
  • Difference between owning 1 horse and 2

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    03-08-2012, 04:02 PM
Owning 2 Horses

Would just like opinions.

If you were gone 21 days a month, would you own a horse? Would you own 2?
Why, or why not?

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    03-08-2012, 04:07 PM
I wouldn't myself. My desire to own a horse is based on my desire to spend time with them. Nine days out of the month is not enough time for me or for the horses would do neither of us any good.
    03-08-2012, 05:09 PM
No. Unless I have load of money to afford boarding and someone keeps riding a horse (or 2) for me. I have neither, so I'd rather stick with lessons instead.
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    03-08-2012, 06:07 PM
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Sure, if I knew they would be well cared for. I wouldn't buy new horses if I knew my lifestyle wouldn't allow me to be around but to keep the ones I already had, yes, as I would find comfort knowing where they were vs selling them.
    03-08-2012, 06:35 PM
Green Broke
When we were boarding our horses, we only saw them on the weekends. So that only was 8 days a month, at most. I wished that it could have been more but it couldn't. I know they were getting taken care of so I didn't mind. That was even with having six horses and an arm and leg to pay for it. We've found a place where we can have them with us so it's much better. The only problem is if we wanted to go somewhere, we'd have to find someone to care for them while we're gone. Luckily that shouldn't happen too often, maybe one week a year.

Do I regret only getting to see them on the weekend? Yes and no. You just have to weigh the pros and cons to see if it's what you really want.
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    03-08-2012, 06:49 PM
Green Broke
I worked tugboats for a while, gone two weeks home two weeks, more or less. I boarded my horse the weeks I was gone. If something was coming up right after I got off I would pay for a week of ground work.
Way I looked at it if I didnt have the horse I wouldnt need the job I could just stay home. But the 2 weeks I was home I was off so could spend alot of time. I did more riding and round pen playing in those two weeks I was off then anybody I knew that worked M-F and was hom efor a few hours every evening.
    03-08-2012, 06:56 PM
Green Broke
I'm not sure what the difference between having one and having two is in this situation. If I was able to afford to provide proper care for them during my absence, I would have whatever number of horses suited me/could be afforded.
    03-08-2012, 08:09 PM
No, I would be COMPLETELY stressed out all of the time. Even when we go on vacation, and I know they are being well cared for I am constantly thinking about them.
I also would rather spend the money on taking lessons, instead of spending it on board for a horse I would rarely see.
But, I guess if you have the money, and could find someone to ride the horse when your gone to keep it active and happy it would work. I guess it's just what you want to do. Starting with one horse would probably be the best option though.
    03-08-2012, 09:10 PM
I am a single mom who works full time and currently lives in the city. I have 2 horses that I board about 40 min away. I usually can go out to see them once a week in the winter, and 3x a week in the summer. They are very well taken care of, and I cannot see me parting with either one of them. They are probably the only thing keeping me sane. Not an ideal situation, but works until I win that lottery..
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    03-08-2012, 09:21 PM
Gone where? How many months would this be going on?

I suppose if I had an endless supply of money I would own however many I could afford, but as is, if I couldn't check on them whenever I wanted I wouldn't own a horse.

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