I am writing this so all the teenagers that want to own a horse some of the hardships I have encountered being a teenage horse owner. I am not trying to make you lose your dream of being a horse owner, but I want you to know what you are getting into. I am 18, so I’m not an ‘older’ and ‘wiser’ person that will tell you not to get a horse when you are so young. Just letting you know what you are getting into.
1. Make sure that your parents are on board with you getting a horse. My parents told me they would not help me buy the horse. If I had wanted to buy a car they would have matched me. When I finally got my horse home, not two months after she was home she chocked. My mother had to pay for it. All $265 of it. I hadn’t thought putting money back for the vet.
2. Price is a huge factor in what kind of horse you can get. For 300 dollars you can get a “Sweet, loveable, etc.” Unbroken horse that is probably about 2 years old. Probably not the best idea. I had 800 dollars to spend on a horse. Like all teenagers I looked for young horses so we could “grow up together.” Never mind that I am not a confidante rider as it is. There are also a lot of older horses for sale. If I had to do it over again I would buy an older horse.
3. Don’t Settle! Keep looking around for your dream horse! It might take a little while to find that horse but one day you will get there! Or you will save up enough money to get a really nice horse that you never would have thought possible. I settled for my horse. I was so tired of people telling me that I wasn’t going to find the horse I dreamed about.
4. Where are you going to keep it? I am lucky that I have a field by my house where my cousin keeps her horses. But if I didn’t have that field I couldn’t afford to have a horse even if I have a job. The only cost I had to pay was about 150 or so dollars so we could make our field bigger to fit three horses.
5. Ferrier- Make sure you know of someone before buying a horse! My Cousin made the mistake of not asking around and the horses feet paid the price. She never used him again, but we could have saved the 45 dollars per horse if we had known what a crappy job he was going to do.
6. Tack- I’m not going to go too much into this. I know people will say that you have to a 500 dollar saddle. I got three saddles for about 200 dollars. Are they the best saddles? No, but they are not broken and I don’t have to worry about them getting dirty or breaking them.
7. Make sure horses are what you really want- I gave up the chance to get a car for a horse. If you have other things that cost a lot of money that you really care about think about the horse and what you will be giving up. Which leads us into our next topic.
8.Horses are not like dogs or cats. It’s really hard to sell a horse to a good home. Make sure when you get one that you keep that in mind.
9. College- I know I am going to college. I also have a plan for my horse when I go to college. I would like to lease her out to a teenager that wants a horse. Have a plan for your horse also. If the horse is used to getting ridden and loves everyday find someone that wants to ride and give hugs to the horse everyday.
10.Follow your gut- If you know horse people you know that you could put 10 horse owners into a room and get 10 different answers. Every horse person is different, and we all have our own ideas on how things should be done.
There are so many more things that I could say and cover. I think these are the main things. If anyone has anything to add feel free to post them!