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post #1 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Red face would buying a second horse be best?

hey guys- I'm in a slight dilemma. I'm bringing my horse home in a month, and i have 2 options:

1. buy a second horse & pay for board myself come winter
2. find someone to loan me their horse for the summer and return them in the winter

I am a personal fan of option 1 - I am always looking to increase my experience, and taking on a project horse that I can sell in a few years would be a great way to not only learn but give me a taste of what the training world is like.

option 2 is less appealing, but more practical. I would still opt for a ride-able, sound horse, but there wouldn't be the expense of having to care for a horse over winter.

what are your thoughts?

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 03:00 PM
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Why do you need a second horse at all?
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 03:03 PM
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What about adopting a lawn ornament or two? You wouldn't have to worry about riding, but you could give a horse in need a home.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 03:09 PM
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I am wondering the same thing as Cori. Perhaps I misunderstood, but I don't see the reasoning behind looking for another horse. Is yours injured and unable to be ridden or something?

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I'm thinking she doesn't want her horse alone.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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cakemom got it - having my horse alone, although more convenient than both options, would do nothing more than cause stress

kathryn - I have thought about getting a rescue horse, or even a donkey. the problem being that when winter arrives, my main horse is going back to boarding, and this new horse would then need a pal as well.

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post #7 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 05:35 PM
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I would ask at the barn where you board if there is a retiree that needs a summer break. We do that at our barn, there are several keeping other horses company.
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I would ask at the barn where you board if there is a retiree that needs a summer break. We do that at our barn, there are several keeping other horses company.
^ This.
I find the idea of having a calm, been-there-done-that, retiree to keep your horse company to be a great idea. If it were me, my only two concerns would be if the older horse had lot of "extras" to deal with, like getting medication/injections. Are you planning to take your horse to shows? Make sure the older horse will be taken care of when you are gone and is not a worrier when alone. Or you might deicde to take the horse with, in which case that will need to be a part of your contract with the owner plus you will have to pay the fee of having the horse stabled next to yours (for multiple day shows).

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