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    01-12-2009, 06:39 PM
Should I or shouldn't I?

Okay so I've been chewing over my thoughts for the past few weeks and I'm no closer to a conclusion now than I was a few weeks ago!
I am debating whether to get a horse. I've owned a horse before and I know the expenses and time involved in caring for them.

I guess I'll start with the reason why I want a horse and go from there?

I miss my horse to death. When I had purchased him, I had also just gotten a new job that was only giving me 7-14 hours a week. I had enough money saved up to support him for about a year and then boarding payments were getting too close and I had to sell him. I'm now full time at 40hrs a week with bonuses and raises every 6 months (only by .25 but its something! Lol). I am currently learning on a lesson horse but I would love to start learning on a horse of my own. My last horse wasn't broken and it was something I never got to enjoy. I miss the companionship and I really miss the work! Believe it or not but I loved going and cleaning out the stall and grooming him every day.
I would also love a horse to help with my increase my experience with them, someone to test braiding and body clipping on, and to help boost my confidence.

The reasons why I might not want to get one?

The economy. It SUCKS right now, and purchasing a horse is probably not the best financial move to make. Even though I have a secure job with a large company, theres always that slim chance that something might happen.
I work 40 hours a week and my schedule is ever changing. My job refuses to work with me on giving me a fixed schedule. If I boarded someplace, they would have to help me feed him. I work as early at 7am or as late as 11pm. I'm sure I could make it out there for early morning feeding at like 6am but nights there would have to be someone. I know some of you work 40hrs if not more, how to do cope and when do you find time to visit your horses?
Tack, I've had to purchase tack before and I know the expense. I suppose I could go bareback for a while if it was a very well trained horse, but eventually I would have to dish out the expense for draft sized riding equipment. Now, this wouldn't be a problem if I purchased a horse with all of its tack but I don't think that happens very often =/.
Shipping, I have yet to find the horse in Florida that I am looking for so I would probably have to ship, which is another expense.
I've never owned a horse that I havnt spent quality time with and that makes me a bit nervous. Samson was located at my old job so I saw him every day, and I knew all of his many many MANY problems. I knew what to watch out for, and what not to do with him. With a horse I've never met, I could seriously get injured because I didn't know something as simple as, he charges through stall doors (something Samson was known for).

Now, I know I could just lease a horse from someone and not have to worry about 90% of any of this but that just doesn't make me confortable. Mainly, I like things done with my horse a certain why and I'm sure other people do as well. Not to mention, that horse would have a bond to their owner and not so much to you. I want that bond with MY horse, not someone elses. If that makes sense?

So what do you guys think? I'm sure many of you have been in the same situtation at least once. What did you do?
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    01-12-2009, 06:50 PM
Lucara, I definitely understand all these problems. I am struggling about getting my own horse as well. I don't have the ability to be to rationale about horses. I say, go for it. The pros outweigh the cons.
    01-12-2009, 07:06 PM
Hehe thanks. I'm going to ask a few of my friends for their input and my fiance as well. He will be a huge factor on whether I get a horse or not.

I keep thinking that, I could support a horse for a year on 7-14hrs a week when I was 18, why couldn't I at 20 with 40hrs a week?

I suppose there is always that fear though.
    01-13-2009, 01:26 PM
I think the best thing to do at this point would be to start comparing prices of different barns. With your work schedule, it sounds like full-care boarding would be the best option for you. Getting a horse is a long-term commitment and because of the economy, people aren't so eager to be buying horses, if you had to end up selling him/her. But it sounds like its something you really want and I think you've made up your mind already. I think I'd have to agree to go for it. As long as you are financially stable, I think you will be okay. Tack isn't really that big an issue. Lots of people sell used tack and I got my saddle and bridle for really cheap. Maybe start a budget or some sort of plan -- work out all your costs for one year and see if it works with your income.

Good luck!!
    01-13-2009, 02:44 PM
Have you thought about doing a lease type situation? Depending on the set-up you may only pay half the amount and share other expenses with the owner (but TOTALLY depends on the set-up). There are some cons were you can't do everything you want but at the same time you could have more flexibility then a lesson horse.

It is just a thought...
    01-14-2009, 05:57 PM
I figure that if I have to spend money on a horse, it might as well be my own. That's just me though =/.

I'm still going back and forth. The only thing stopping me is the economy. If I were to loose my job, I would be sooo screwed!

Argh..I really wish there was a book that says "turn to page 4 if you want to get a horse or turn to page 15 if you decide not to" and it tells me how everything will end up.
    01-14-2009, 06:24 PM
If you were to buy a horse, personally I would get one now since they are going pretty cheap. I think you have decided you want one so go for it
    01-14-2009, 06:50 PM
I agree with moomoo. The economy is bad but that also means you can get a really good horse for cheaper.
    01-14-2009, 06:58 PM
I think what I'm going to do is just hold out for now. I'll keep saving and when that perfect deal that I just can't resist comes around, I'll take advantage of it! I've been searching every "for sale" website I can find anyway.

I'm kind of tempted to go to an auction and get a horse that really needs a good home, but then I'm slightly worried about what I would end up with once he's home!
    01-14-2009, 07:26 PM
The horse I regret passing up =*(...

Percheron Horse for Sale in Lake Helen, Florida

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