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post #1 of 6 Old 08-05-2008, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Leasing/Exercize and Care

Ok... so... I was wondering what would be the best choice for me:

1. To lease a horse that is privately owned, but would probably cost me money, and would most likely be a lazy old horse, nice, but one that wouldn't be a good learning experience for me. But one that I could feel like was "mine", and wouldn't have to ask if I could take it out on a walk, or go for a ride.


2. To go to the same stables (there's only one boarding stables in our town) and see if I could help out by exercizing and caring for one or two horses there. Last time I was there, they were short on work (2 people caring for over 40 horses). This option would save me money, but I wouldn't have as much freedom with the horse(s). I would have to do what the owner told me to.

I have no idea which option. I know how to ride, I'm an intermediate rider, I can walk, trot, canter, and gallop without trouble. I can't do fancy movements, but can do things. I'm wanting to get a horse in college (three years away), but for now, I need to learn how to care for a horse and just improve my riding skills. Both options are OK with me, and both have benefits and downfalls.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-05-2008, 05:22 PM
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I say you should work at the stable. You could learn what it feels like to own a horse, but without the cost. You still need to know that it does take a lot of money to own a horse though.

Having restrictions on riding really isn't all that bad. Just make sure you find a horse and owner you are happy to work with. I've ridden and taken care of many horses for people. It's really a lot of fun. It's a great learning experience too. It helped me get a lot of experience under my belt. Make sure that you and the owner can agree with the training of the horse. If the owner is trying to make you do something to the horse that you don't agree to, stand up for your opinions, don't be a pushover. I rode this Welshie stallion once that the owner wanted me to whip. I refused and he ended up fine. He's now a stud horse that has a large fee thanks to me!

You'll have a lot of fun with exercising someone's horse(s) for them, believe me!


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post #3 of 6 Old 08-05-2008, 05:25 PM
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I would go with option two, as it would allow you to ride more horses. Riding lots of horses is really good because it teaches you how to deal with all kind of temperaments, personalities, and quirks, that working with one horse could not teach you. You would still learn how to properly care for and deal with a horse, along with what I already mentioned. I know what you mean about wanting a horse that felt like your own but if you do plan to own in the future it would be best to work with as many horses as you can. It could help you decide what you'd be looking for in a future horse too.

That's just my opinion.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-05-2008, 08:49 PM
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I'd also go with option #2. It sounds like more fun & plus you'll learn more. :)

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-06-2008, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I have until September to truly decide. My parents told me that that's when we'll probably start looking at things again.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-20-2008, 09:26 PM
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Well, I have to say both options are good options.

The first one because then you can really experience just how much a horse costs to keep and how much of a bond you can create with a single horse.

Number two is a good option to because this way you can gain more experience by riding different horses and different disciplines. Also, you can learn other peoples training methods this way because you will have many people telling you what to do on each horse. This gives you the chance to see how each horse learns differently and how each one is an individual. This way you learn how to properly care for a horse. While you are doing this though, see if maybe some of the owners will include you into how much that a single horse costs to keep around, like vet bills, hoof care, feed, water, hay, bedding, and many other things needed to keep a horse.

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