Originally Posted by Sharpie
My trainer and my vet would definitely be involved in finding the right horse, no question about that! I'm more concerned about, or trying to decide IF I should go looking for one or just stick with what I'm doing right now.
I think I'm asking what or how having my own horse would change things. I know it would add expenses and there's always the concern of the RIGHT horse for me, which my trainer would help with. What advantage would there be to owning my own as opposed to lesson and friends' horses? I think that bonding would change things... but never having a horse before, I'm not sure how. How would it help my riding? I know it's a big responsibility, I'm trying to sort out things rationally. Because so far as my heart goes, I've wanted a horse since I was six, and I finally might be able to afford it, so it's all WANTWANTWANT!
If you keep the horse at home you have to get up about a 1/2 hr to a hr earlier to go take care of the horse before work, and the responsibility is there again when you get home. You will have to find someone you trust (harder to find than you may think) to take care of your "baby" while you go out of town or on vacation. Your riding ablility may get better if you are riding more frequently but it wouldnt change much past the usual if your riding the same amount. If you deside to board you have to find a facility that you trust that will treat your horse as if it were there own and treats you with respect (which can also be hard). But once you get settled in with your new horse I'm sure you will have a lot more fun! You won't have to worry about when you can ride your friends horse and trying to schedule a time that you can ride. You will be able to ride at free will and you will be able to take your horse where ever you want when ever you want to do it. On the other hand the expense is a lot more than just riding someone elses horse. You have to pay board, farrier, vet, supplements(if you deside to give them to your horse), tack/equipment, and if you decide to show there is the expense of show clothes and entry fees. The bond you can create with a horse is amazing. That will probably be the biggest pay off of getting your own horse. You will learn to love and trust your horse more than you can some people. You will always have someone to talk to when you are having a bad day and you just want someone to listen. (It may sound corny but it really can make you feel better) If you need some time to get away or some time to think just hop on your horse and go for a ride to clear your mind. Sometimes I think my horse is what keeps me sane.