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  • Is it better to rescue a horse or purchase a horse?

 
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    05-06-2010, 07:57 PM
  #21
Foal
This isn't my first horse.
My first horse was advertised as a beginner but was for a way way intermediate rider.
The girl that sold us him quickly moved after the sale. & no one wanted a 'way' intermediate horse.
     
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    05-06-2010, 08:00 PM
  #22
Foal
My barn isn't fancy. It's 95 a month. [including hay.]
Food is 40-50.
No arena is the only downside.
     
    05-06-2010, 09:32 PM
  #23
Banned
You should really think of getting a rescue horse not when you've ridden x amount of horses, but when you've trained, or helped train at least one. Two would be even better, three plus would be ideal. 150 dollars a month is not enough to support a rescue horse. That's about two weeks worth of good lessons, and maybe a week at a decent, reputable trainer.

I agree with others and say save up that 200-300 dollars you would be getting (have your parents do it for you if they don't trust you with it) and pretty soon you'll have enough for a nice ready-to-ride horse.
     
    05-07-2010, 05:24 AM
  #24
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by justsambam08    
You should really think of getting a rescue horse not when you've ridden x amount of horses, but when you've trained, or helped train at least one. Two would be even better, three plus would be ideal. 150 dollars a month is not enough to support a rescue horse. That's about two weeks worth of good lessons, and maybe a week at a decent, reputable trainer.

I agree with others and say save up that 200-300 dollars you would be getting (have your parents do it for you if they don't trust you with it) and pretty soon you'll have enough for a nice ready-to-ride horse.
150 dollars wouldn't even pay for a week's worth of training in my area. I think you should just wait until you have a reliable income to purchase a horse.
     
    05-07-2010, 08:24 PM
  #25
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Flagstaff Foxhunter    
Here's a suggestion: since your heart is in the right place and you want to help a horse in need, find a good, reputable rescue organization, and volunteer there. You can get to know the horses they have and learn about their needs and issues. You might find your perfect horse, or you might find that the horse you need now is not a rescue horse. Also, there are many nice horses being sold right now that may end up in a rescue or worse. So by buying a horse from an owner who is having difficulties, you may be performing your own rescue. Just make sure you have someone with you who is really knowledgeable and not afraid to tell you the truth--then make sure you listen. Don't ride a horse that the seller won't ride, and please consider a helmet, every time, every ride.
I agree with this post!! Spend time at rescues and then when you and the people close to you believe you are ready then proceed. You might find that you don't want to rescue a horse once you see how much work they are!
     
    05-07-2010, 09:27 PM
  #26
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by JumpsxGlory    
I agree with this post!! Spend time at rescues and then when you and the people close to you believe you are ready then proceed. You might find that you don't want to rescue a horse once you see how much work they are!
I completely agree with the suggestion to volunteer at a rescue. But if the OP is anything like me, it wont end up being a deterrent (I'm a sucker for the downtrodden). Chances are, being with those poor rescue horses day after day after day will make the OP fall in love with one that much faster. I still think volunteering would be a great experience, and maybe the OP will be that much better prepared if a rescue horse just happens to follow her home some day .

ETA: I also agree with all the advice to buy a regular well trained horse, especially if your parents' financing may be such that you can't guarantee that horse is getting a forever home. A well trained horse will be much easier to sell, than a rescue, if life gets in the way of your plans.
     

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