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post #1 of 43 Old 11-14-2010, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Smile What is it like to have a horse?

Im getting one in a year or two and im so excited! I've never had one before so before owning one I need to know as much as I can. So what is it like to have a horse? Thanks everyone who anwsers! x
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post #2 of 43 Old 11-14-2010, 05:23 PM
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It's like having an bottomless well to throw your money (and time).
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post #3 of 43 Old 11-14-2010, 05:41 PM
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It is the most soul satisfying thing I do.... there is something about being with my horse that is just real. He does not try to impress me and he does not pretend to be something he is not. I love seeing his face and hugging him.

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post #4 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 12:02 AM
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It's money, time and lots of hard work. It's happy, mad and sad at different times. But normally for me, I love hugging my horses, it like having a friend who it's self and they can't care how you dress and act. Though sometimes my horses look at me like I'm insane at times, lol. There mostly of the time your worries float away when I'm around them, it's a great feeling of the spirit and it a joy.
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post #5 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 01:46 AM
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Its complicated.

When you're a kid its all sunshine and rainbows, well most of the time.

Otherwise its a constant money and time pit, a lot of work for a little gain. At the same time just being away from it all is nice, and when your horse learns things its satisfying, and when you achieve things you really feel like you did it.
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post #6 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 02:08 AM
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Like everyone else said. It's expensive and hard work, but completely worth it.

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post #7 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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sounds fun! I understand all the expenses and everything, Just going to have to start saving more lol x
Thanks everyone (-:
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post #8 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 01:30 PM
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After the expenses, its still hard work. There is no days off, and its way more dirty that one would guess. You smell constantly like horse poop and leather.
All you clother will be stained and your legs and feet will be sore and get blisters. At least, untill you get used to it. Invest in good boots, not just riding ones, and gloves.
That being said, they are the most fun I've ever had. As an adult or a kid. They will love you for you, they don't care you smell like poop, or that you need to shave.

Oh, and I never met a horse person who doesnt love the smell of leather.
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post #9 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 01:38 PM
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It's pretty fun! I don't have to pay for them yet though... I know it's alot more complicated when you have to pay for em. But reading the previous posts it seems they like it no matter the expense otherwise they'd not have horses.
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post #10 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 01:43 PM
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It's not a hobby, it's a lifestyle.

No one word can describe what it's like to have horses. They're always expensive, regardless of the reason. They're infuriating and wonderful at the same time.

Having horses is 90% work and 10% fun. If that's not a ratio you can live with, don't have any. There are no shortcuts to good horse care, and caring for them is what you'll be doing the majority of the time.
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