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        04-12-2013, 03:54 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Addtionally, since you are 16 and will more then likely head to college, incorporate into you essay what your plans are for the horse while you are in college, such as are you planning on leasing him/her out, continuing to pay for him while in college, etc.
         
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        04-12-2013, 03:54 PM
      #22
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by dlpark2    
    I agree with EmsTNwalker, borrowing stuff can lead to problems. I would have every aspect covered, including tack. This way you don't have to worry about problems you may encounter with the BO and tack.
    Yeah, I didn't think about that part. I was thinking about having her help me with saddle ft so I know what to buy. At the moment though, I do have my own bridle and halter (got them as a gift)
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        04-12-2013, 03:56 PM
      #23
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by dlpark2    
    Addtionally, since you are 16 and will more then likely head to college, incorporate into you essay what your plans are for the horse while you are in college, such as are you planning on leasing him/her out, continuing to pay for him while in college, etc.
    Yes, actually I was planning becoming an equine or big animal vet and I've already found a few collars that I'm interested in, the main one is Colorado State University.
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        04-12-2013, 04:00 PM
      #24
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by EmsTNWalkers    
    I think you should have a job FIRST before even thinking about buying a horse. That way you can show your parents you have the income and responsibility to care for the horse and it won't be their burden. I don't fully disagree with you owning one instead of leasing, but leasing would be a good option to see what it's like to care for a horse that is essentially "yours."

    Also, I know you say you can borrow things from the BO, but let me just say from experience this can turn real sour real fast. You should plan on having all of your own equipment, including saddle, bridle, brushes, etc. to avoid any unnecessary issues from popping up. Another thing about having your own stuff is that it needs to fit the horse correctly, what if they don't have a saddle that fits right?

    It sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and are seemingly mature enough to take the appropriate steps to have your own horse. Good luck with it :)
    Yes I'm going to apply at the store today or tomorrow. And I'm not planning on buying horse as soon as my parents say yes, I'm planning on talking to the BO and getting her to show me the ropes of horse ownership and I'm going to see if she can help me search for possible horses.
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        04-12-2013, 04:32 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    You are a very level minded teenager from your posts and I truly applaud you for that. Good luck with any and all of your endeavors into adulthood.
         
        04-12-2013, 04:45 PM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by LouieThePalomino    
    Yes I'm going to apply at the store today or tomorrow. And I'm not planning on buying horse as soon as my parents say yes, I'm planning on talking to the BO and getting her to show me the ropes of horse ownership and I'm going to see if she can help me search for possible horses.
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    Why would you search for horses if you're not planning on buying one yet? That's time and effort wasted on the BO's part and horse sellers hate when potential buyers *****foot with them. What if your horse requires shoes? When I got my pony with excellent feet she didn't need shoes until she began working and was constantly sore. Her shoeing cost went from $40/every 6-8 weeks to $140/every 4-6 weeks. $1200 a year is not sufficient funds for an emergency. Vets will charge an emergency fee (the lowest I've had was $100 the highest I've seen was about $300) and then attach a travel fee that depends on how far away the vet is from you (mine averaged about $50). That doesn't include the vet doing any kind of treatment. Your list doesn't include yearly dental care (which can be from $75-500+ depending on the amount of work that needs to be done).

    Horses always find a way to exceed what you budget for. They will need more than what you plan for and come up with the costliest surprises.
         
        04-12-2013, 04:46 PM
      #27
    Foal
    There is a lot of great advice being offered here and I think you are doing an excellent job in listening to what everyone has to say and taking their advice into consideration.

    I received my first horse on my 15th birthday and even though I thought I knew what I was getting myself into, I certainly did not. Like you, my parents did not understand horses and lacked horse knowledge. We basically learned as we went along and relied on the advice of horse friends and the barn owner. I had taken lessons and been around horses for quite some time prior, but owning one and working with/around one is completely different. I worked two jobs and worked at the barn to pay-off the board. It was a lot of hard work and many long hours. Not to mention at 16, I got my drivers license and started driving. At that age, you have high school activities come up and if you choose to attend college later, that too will require your time.

    I love my first horse and I am very grateful that I was able to keep her through all of those life changes. However, the time and money I (as well as my parents) invested in being able to doing so was far more than what I had ever anticipated. Think long and hard before making this decision because you are at a very pivotal point in your young life
         
        04-12-2013, 05:00 PM
      #28
    Trained
    All I can say is good luck
         
        04-12-2013, 05:19 PM
      #29
    Started
    Don't we all wish we had a kid like this one???? A reasonable thinker at 16.

    You know, the idea of a lease is a good one. Use of a horse for a set amount of time and a contract agreeable to all parties. Sure solves the time away for college issue. I think you are approaching this in an excellent manner.
         
        04-12-2013, 05:26 PM
      #30
    Trained
    I don't see anything about a pre purchase exam in your chart. Nothing about tack, and a chiropractor. The horse you get may need shoes.

    That emergency fund isn't that big either IMO. You could easily blow through that in one visit.
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