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post #31 of 39 Old 04-12-2013, 04:47 PM
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I just wanted to mention that de-worming is done 4-6 times a year not twice but the cost is low $10 at $40-$60 a year and I have yet to meet a horse who doesnt need to be trimmed before the 8 week mark and most require a 4 week trim, 6 weeks at the latest.
Also you didnt calculate shoes or leg management such as boots, wraps etc (all depending on its work load of course) and first aid.
I can't stress first aid enough. From thrush and abcesses to cuts and scrapes, rain rot, pests and parasites like lice and ticks, you need aneseptics, gauze, vet wrap, antibiotic ointment, a thermometer, and that's just the bare basics.

I do agree that you sound very level headed and mature We need more kids like you. Good luck!
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post #32 of 39 Old 04-12-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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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.
Thank you :)
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post #33 of 39 Old 04-12-2013, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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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.
Thank you for your advice! And I ment get her to help me search for a horse when she thinks I'm ready to buy one.
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post #34 of 39 Old 04-12-2013, 07:07 PM
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Thank you for your advice! And I ment get her to help me search for a horse when she thinks I'm ready to buy one.
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No problem. I don't know what the market is in your area but horses in my area that are below $600 tend to have health, behavioral, training issues. It is possible to find broke healthy horses in that price range but you do have to an experienced horse person assist you. I really don't advice buying a horse without a prepurchase exam. They tend to be about $300 for the basics and can run up into the thousands for blood panel and radiographs. I got my last horse for free but he had a myriad of health problems and dangerous habits under saddle. I buried myself in debt paying for his vet bills, feed and care, and training expenses. Ya listing all these numbers may not hold much significance to a teenager until you have to write out a $1000 check. Tearing off that check from the ledger is like tearing out a piece of your sanity.
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post #35 of 39 Old 04-12-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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No problem. I don't know what the market is in your area but horses in my area that are below $600 tend to have health, behavioral, training issues. It is possible to find broke healthy horses in that price range but you do have to an experienced horse person assist you. I really don't advice buying a horse without a prepurchase exam. They tend to be about $300 for the basics and can run up into the thousands for blood panel and radiographs. I got my last horse for free but he had a myriad of health problems and dangerous habits under saddle. I buried myself in debt paying for his vet bills, feed and care, and training expenses. Ya listing all these numbers may not hold much significance to a teenager until you have to write out a $1000 check. Tearing off that check from the ledger is like tearing out a piece of your sanity.
Actually some horses go below 600$ many of the horses we use on the trail string are in that price range and are excellent horses. One mare we got was 500$ and is the best mare there. And yes I do have an expiriences horse person there to help if any retraining or discipline is needed. Yeah, I wouldn't just buy without a PPE, I would also ride the horse before I got him too, it wouldn't be any fun to buy a horse and as soon as you get on you figure out he was hardly ever trained (which happened to a lady at the ranch who recently bought a rescue and didn't bother doing a PPE or ride him first and it turns out he had terrible conformation issues and was a nutcase. She later returned the horse. I thought it was funny because she thought that she was going to save a pretty penny by adopting a rescue but ended up putting 800$ + in extra feed and other expenses.)
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post #36 of 39 Old 04-12-2013, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to mention that de-worming is done 4-6 times a year not twice but the cost is low $10 at $40-$60 a year and I have yet to meet a horse who doesnt need to be trimmed before the 8 week mark and most require a 4 week trim, 6 weeks at the latest.
Also you didnt calculate shoes or leg management such as boots, wraps etc (all depending on its work load of course) and first aid.
I can't stress first aid enough. From thrush and abcesses to cuts and scrapes, rain rot, pests and parasites like lice and ticks, you need aneseptics, gauze, vet wrap, antibiotic ointment, a thermometer, and that's just the bare basics.

I do agree that you sound very level headed and mature We need more kids like you. Good luck!
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Thank you! I will fix that and add the things you mentioned. And I don't think we'll be needing shoes because I will just be using him to back up trails and ride with friends. But like everyone has said, all horses are different and may require special shoes. So, thank you for your help :)
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post #37 of 39 Old 04-12-2013, 10:34 PM
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It is always better to over estimate then come in under.
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post #38 of 39 Old 04-13-2013, 12:41 PM
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post #39 of 39 Old 04-13-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your help! I talked to the BO today and she said that she's going to start giving the volunteers who have been their for awhile free lessons and the lessons will be about breaking a horse, training them, riding a green horse and also some lessons on English riding. I'm so excited! So far it's just me and 2 other people so that's good :)
I'm going for my first one this Tuesday at 4 pm
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