I'm debating if it is logical, or even possible, for me to get a horse but I can't make up my mind because there are so many questions I have about buying a horse. Sorry this is going to be kind of long
I've been training dogs and cats almost all my life (worked with a few horses which would be considered green but were very easy to handle and ride)
I've worked at a few barns, one in exchange for lessons, one was volunteer work for a mentally and physically handicapped barn, and one was for an Olympic rider, I did barn chores, groomed the horses, helped with morning and afternoon feed, and turn out/ bring in
That being said, I know very little about horses (am trying to learn) I know grooming, how to clean a stall and some basic basic health things
That all being said I LOVE horses (I'm an animal person) I'm currently going to be going to school for a BMA while taking a few online courses (i know most of you say don't) abut nutrition, health, conformation stuff like that (no courses for training or riding or anything like that) I'm not bothering with and certifications or anything of that sort cus I know that they aren't accredited I just want to get some actual knowledge before I blinding go asking for someone to teach me everything (I think its slightly rude to do so with out at least taking the time to learn some background information before hand)
Anywho, back on track about buying a horse. I really would like to buy my own horse, but being that I've never bought or owned one I know nothing of the things I need to do so here are my concerns:
1) finding a horse
The thought of getting a horse from an auction is appealing to me but with some major downfalls those being will most likely need a ton of training, possible huge vet bills, never know what your getting really, with the only plus that your helping a horse and it doesn't have a huge starting price tag
The other option is to buy a horse from a trainer/dealer/breeder for a larger amount of money upfront but hopefully will cost less in the health department, not have any hidden emotional problems, and all around will more likely end up being a good horse
2) the age of a horse
I'm interested in learning how to to dressage and jumping (for now I'm content with just pleasure riding, working on balance and stuff like that) so age comes into place, while a younger horse may be able to hold up to more harder type riding, it probably will have little to no training, while an older school horse type will already know what to do but will come with a much higher price tag
3) where to put the horse
Then theres the issue of boarding the horse, no way it can live in my non existent back yard. Now I know you need a place for the horse before you buy the horse right? So how does that work if you don't have a place or a horse? Do you find a horse then find a place or find a place then find a horse or perhaps both at the same time? And how do you find a place to keep your horse, I've been in the run down but still well cared for family owned barn and I've been in the supper clean supper stuck up but not so nice to the horses barn, so how do you know what you are getting? Sure you can go and see the place but if they are expecting a potential client how do you know they aren't acting out of the norm just to get you in there? Also if I were to get a horse from auction how would I go about quarantining it from what I hear they don't come with vet check ie no coggins test which is a really bad thing from what I hear. Also how do you decide what type of boarding is right for you?
Is it logical to think that while working and going to college that I will have time to go see my horse and possible take lessons on a regular basis? And what is the less amount of time that is acceptable to see your horse? (that sounds bad I don't want it so seem like id buy one and then see it only once a month or something like that, i'm just curious to know. Id go down and see him every second of every day I possibly could haha)
I'm not rich, never have been and probably never will be. How do you decide that you are financially stable enough to own a horse? And even if you are stable how do you know if you would be able to pay for an emergency that may happen?
Idk if this is the same for every single barn in my area but the ones that have web sites lessons are 65 to 150 a lesson (i know 65 is in the normal range) but that is not something that I can pay for. When I was riding it was 20 a lesson (was half an hour to an hour depending on the day) and I took 2 a week, now I know that the chances of me finding something that cheap are slim to none, but how do you cope with taking lessons in a sport that really is for the rich?
Sorry that this is so long guys i'm really torn up about this, I really want a horse and I really want that to be my career, but I don't want to wait until it is my career to be able to be around them again its been years since I've been in a barn and really miss it. I've thought about this a lot but I haven't been able to find anything to help me make my decisions. So im hoping that peple here with experience will be able to help me make my decision, cus while I really really want a horse, I don't want to put the horse in a bad situation or end up having to resell it because I wasn't ready or able to provide for it. Also any suggested reads would be great too!
Oh one last thing, I don't own a trailer or a truck, I don't know anyone that does or would know anyone that does, how to I get the horse from point A to point B then?