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post #1 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Purchasing and TERRIFIED!

Well I am officially purchasing my 1st horse this week. And I have pre-purchase jitters for sure. Scared to let my horse down in training, scared something will happen medical wise...just plain ol scared of the $$$, feeding, and messing up period! I have rode her and trained with her several times she is an angel! She is a friends horse they are selling to me. She will be staying with them until i have a house w/ land to keep her at. which is also in the works. Any encouraging words out there ?
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:24 PM
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Don't be scared of messing up because that will affect everything you do with this horse! Breathe :) you know she's an angel, the only thing that changes is she's all yours now.

I felt the exact same way about my horse.. it just lead up to me having a TON of anxiety.. that showed in my riding for one.. the groundwork, another, and just the respect this horse had for me.

It's going to be OKAY! :P Just a word of advice, stash enough money to pay for emergency things or quick purchases or if you are waiting on a paycheck or whatnot. It will help so much! Keep track of purchases, find a good farrier and a good vet with decent prices. Get a schedule going of worming, floating teeth, trims (or shods,) etc. It helps to have tangible numbers to juggle rather than just paying as you go.

Have fun!!!!!!!!!! It's not as scary as it seems :)

You're going to be the best horse owner, she's going to be happy and in the right hands with you. It'll all go amazing and if there are times she isn't doing too hot, you'll be there to give her the help she needs and the support she craves.

Good luck
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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I try to keep a stach of $$$ for all my animals. Just here lately it's been insane Christmas medical for me yuck!. Her teeth where floated in November....and that is already wrote in a "callender" my friend bought me specifically for tracking her "needs" :-D vaccines are in the spring and her feet just got done in November too if I remember correctly . I work in the vet field and you see first hand how easily horses, dogs, etc can get hurt, it makes you a stress case I guess :-/ can we say colic founder ahhhh! . I have a dentist, vet and a farrier. I do wonder about putting shoes on her. She has never been shoed but does seem a bit tender on gravel or paved roads after a longer ride. Shoes? Or those protective riding boots? I would hate to mess her balance up with shoes or something. Yet again more stress I need to take a stiff drink ha ha
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:42 PM
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If you want a day by day, blow by blow of someone with the same fears, I have a journal here. ;) You will both get though it, it will be fine, and it's perfectly normal. One day at a time!
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 12:37 AM
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Well if you are on gravel or road a lot, maybe think about those boots you can put on your horse? I know shoes are slippery on road (so I've been told.. I don't have experience.. my horse is barefoot) so you'd have to research it further and maybe ask a few farriers what they think.

It'll be okay though :) And being a vet or near a vet, you see all of the injuries and upkeep concentrated.. not from one horse :P So it tends to be way more alarming and constant than in reality.
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post #7 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 12:53 AM
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Rather than shoe her if she hasn't been shod, I'd ride her on the surfaces that seem to make her ouchie but for very brief periods until her feet toughen up. The only time my horses see shoes is in a show ring, but for trail they are fine barefoot. We just started slow and easy and let them build up to longer distances. Now, if that doesn't work out for her, then I'd try front boots, those are generally the feet that get sore and the back ones are usually ok.

Otherwise, you'll be fine. Heck you work in the vet field, so of course you know how bad it can be but what you may not see often enough is just how rewarding it can be and just how worth it, it all can be.

Hah! I say that and I'm the one who just came back in from having to go rescue a silly twit before she did something stupid. I have about an acre fenced off for my garden and they just cannot leave the gates alone and inevitably someone gets themself shut in there 2 or 3 times a year. Well, one of my girls (the silliest, most insecure one) just did and was running around and threatening to try to jump the chain link fence which I KNOW she wouldn't have cleared. Heck, I'm not sure she'd clear a sleeping dog let alone a fence....Anyway, I had to go let her out of the 'trap' and resecure the gate so noone else shuts themself in there tonight. Tomorrow I will AGAIN go out and try to find a horse proof way to shut that gate and keep them out of the garden. SSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHH! LOL!

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post #8 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 03:47 PM
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Congrats on your getting a horse! Two "words" of advice:

1. Do not let your ego get in the way, which ties into number 2-
2. Seek professional help if you are overwhelmed or don't know
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post #9 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 07:50 PM
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Do not worry, I am in the same boat as you are. My first horse arrived two days ago and I have yet to ride him. I brush him a lot and have walked him around a lot. Tomorrow, I am riding him no matter how I feel....
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 08:05 PM
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I bought my first horse earlier this year...a 10month old nonetheless. And to be honest with you, I dont think its really hit me that he is mine, and only mine, and nI have complete control over where he is, who hes with, what he eats, ect, ect.

Just go about it as you did before. Like someone else said, the only difference will be that you own her Congrats and Good Luck!
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