I'm new here.Love reading people's posts and appreciate the info you get.Feel kinda lucky to get in as all horse boards seems to have their registration closed at this point.....
I've been having this delimma since long.....to own a horse or not .This is kinda long so please do bear with me.Would really appreciate advise.
I am just started riding about 5mths ago.Have been crazy about horses since young,never got a chance to get to ride them as we moved overseas where riding horses are not available(,they are just used for pulling carts).I am in the US now for the last 6yrs.
I have always wanted a horse.been kinda crazy about them,but have been discouraged a lot by horse owners about the costs vet bills,etc.Trainers have told me I would be better off just taking lessons 3-4 times a week.Leasing is not an option either as finding a good horse has been hard and there are not many people wanting to lease a good horse either.
Right now I an can trot and some canter but progress has been very slow.My legs are not very steady in the trot and sometime I tend to fall forward if the horse stops or slows down.Also I feel i need more time in the saddle if I want to improve my riding.2-3 lessons a week is simply not cutting it.
I have considered buying a horse having it boarded just so I can practice on it at times after lessons but my trainers keep telling me the costs would be prohibitive and sometimes good horses are ruined by beginner riders who don't know what they are doing.
Right now I am spending about $150-200 in lessons alone /week.If i have a horse boarded here it would be $400/mth+ all the routine farrier/vet bills .I could take lessons only once a week and practice at other times but my trainers seem to be discouraging me from doing it .I love trail riding as well and would love to have a horse to ride in the trails on some days.
My questions is.
Would i be better off having a horse and practicing myself instead of taking so many lessons?
Do you need to be very experienced before you can get a horse?
Any advice? Thank you for listeing to my rant.