Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
How do you know you're ready?
How do you know you're ready to buy a horse? I know you've got to have the money for the horse, boarding, supplies, and the inevitable middle of the night emergency vet visit. But, in terms of you as a rider: when did you decide to do it? What made you bite the bullet and jump into horse ownership?
I've been riding for about a year and a half, I'll have the money and can make the time this fall, but I don't know if I should. I know that I'll be moving once I get my professional degree in two years, but don't know where. I know a lot of people sell their first horse after a certain time and a lot of people feel like they should hang on to them forever as thanks. Not sure where I sit- it would probably depend on my relationship with that (at this point, hypothetical) first horse.
I ride friend's horses, and I ride lesson horses. I'm not unhappy with it by any means, but I wonder if I would get more out of it if I could build a relationship with my own mount. The lesson horse I was riding the most just got sold, and my friends' horses that I ride don't have an arena to work in or trails safe enough to solo ride, so I think I'm also feeling a little frustrated.