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?