How many do you own? Maybe sell some and keep one or two to lessen the costs?
I own two. Which one would I keep?
are you a good rider maybe offer lessons i dont know if theres any rules against it but that way you could see them alot and get paid to :)
or the lease idea sounds good
Hehe..No, I'm not a confident rider nor do I think I'm a good one! Thanks..
The harsh reality is that, except for people who make their living on horseback, horses are a luxury not a necessity. Selling them may be one of the hardest decisions you will make but it may be the right one. When you can't afford proper upkeep and your tack is ill-fitting and not in good condition anyway, then it's time to consider your ponies' needs.
There are quite a lot of people in the US who hold on to their horses long after they should have sold or even given them away. The ones to suffer are the horses.
You don't have to loose your passion for horses, if it's in your blood, it will always be there. Find a way to be around them even if it is working as a stable hand, but do what is best for your ponies.
It's a hard situation. I can't imagine going thru it but the post above was a really good one.
Being a horse owner, I don't know that you will ever be able to stop horses or go to a different sport or hobby. Once it's in your blood its in your blood. What I think you might want to consider IS cutting down to the one horse, one you can focus on when you do make it to the barn, have just the one to worry about and have expenses on.
Horses ARE a big luxury, it's not the way it used to be years ago. Stables are around to make money, not to make it easy on you to keep and own a horse.
There are lease options, working in exchance of board, perhaps relocating your pony to a place that is a little cheaper until you get up on your feet again?
Either way it's going to be tough. I wish you the best and a lot more thinking before you make a decision you might regret. Good luck!
Do you still have to pay for the ponies needs if you lease? Worming, farrier, feed ect..I keep them at a agistment paddock and there is really no work, the owner has stopped working on the property all together. He is selling so I don't think he will be able to give me any work. Unfortunately this place is the cheapist, there is one other property but they are currently full.
Thankyou to everyone that has replied. I'm still thinking about it because I don't like how it currently is turning out. I do think selling both of them and going back to lessons is the best way to go. Maybe when I move out and I'm not relying on my parents, I will think about buying another horse. I really don't want to sell them, I loved owning horses for the short time that I have but yes, they are very expensive and I wish I realised that before I went out and bought the second pony.