Purchasing and TERRIFIED! - The Horse Forum

 4Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 177
• Horses: 2
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 ?
LuckyRVT is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:24 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,730
• Horses: 1
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
Skyseternalangel is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 177
• Horses: 2
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
Posted via Mobile Device
LuckyRVT is offline  
post #4 of 14 Old 12-26-2011, 11:42 PM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Posts: 2,473
• Horses: 1
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!
Sharpie is offline  
post #5 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 177
• Horses: 2

Posted via Mobile Device
LuckyRVT is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 12:37 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,730
• Horses: 1
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.
Skyseternalangel is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 12:53 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 9,749
• Horses: 11
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!


Last edited by Dreamcatcher Arabians; 12-27-2011 at 12:56 AM.
Dreamcatcher Arabians is online now  
post #8 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 03:47 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,425
• Horses: 2
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
AlexS likes this.
GotaDunQH is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 07:50 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 214
• Horses: 0
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....
Mellow Mel is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 12-27-2011, 08:05 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 3,971
• Horses: 1
I bought my first horse earlier this year...a 10month old nonetheless. And to be honest with you, I don't think its really hit me that he is mine, and only mine, and nI have complete control over where he is, who he's 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!
csimkunas6 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
When purchasing, how far do you travel to look? Dresden Horse Talk 15 07-11-2011 12:52 AM
Looking at purchasing collvm Horse Riding Critique 15 10-17-2010 04:43 PM
Purchasing soon! helpp Meaghan1011 Horse Training 7 08-30-2010 06:46 AM
Purchasing a draft :) Gidji Draft Horses 9 07-06-2010 10:19 AM
I'd be terrified. Equuestriaan Jumping 50 04-26-2009 12:23 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome