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    12-04-2008, 02:19 AM
Looking for a Horse

Let's get down to business.
I have like, no money. But I so desperately want a horse and I have been begging for one for more then 4 years now. I have been saving. But so far it's only enough for me to buy a little Shetland that does nothing but eat, poop and sleep. So, I am looking for a job and ways to make money.

Anyone? Please keep in mind I am young so finding a job and making money is pretty hard.

Thanks a heap!
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    12-04-2008, 10:04 AM
Rach, it might be easier to tell us your age.
I don't know what type of things they have in Aus...but if they have a McDonalds, they normally hire really young.
Maybe check out some stables and see if they need a hand with cleaning pastures, cleaning stalls, or random jobs.
Mowing lawns for people, shoveling snow (if you even get snow), yard work...alot of elderly people will love to have a young person come over to do work for them...and normally they pay alot!

If I think of others I'll post them
    12-04-2008, 02:25 PM
Okay, I will be the first to say it because I'm sure someone else will.
The actual purchase price of the horse is going to be your cheapest expense.
You need to make sure you will be able to afford vet, farrier, feed, etc.

Keep in mind I'm not saying this to be mean at all.

Have you thought about leasing? I don't know if you have your own land or not but usually it's cheaper or just as much as board and you get to ride the horse as much as you want (full lease) and don't have to worry about medical bills, etc.

What about trading off doing stalls or turning in horses for riding lessons? I did this for a long time and ended up riding more horses for people than I did mucking stalls. It's a GREAT learning experiance.

As far as jobs like Sonny said knowing your age would be helpful but here are some ideas:
Retail, Fast Food, Waitressing, working at a big chain (walmart), coffee shop etc
Find something that makes you tips! Usually you make more that way (Depending on your area)
    12-04-2008, 10:35 PM
It's really tough to give you advice. How much experience do you have? Would you have to board? Do you have a trainer? Vet? Where will you go to college? You might want to lease, especially when you're young and not permanently settled.
    12-07-2008, 03:16 AM
Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Okay, I will be the first to say it because I'm sure someone else will.
The actual purchase price of the horse is going to be your cheapest expense.
You need to make sure you will be able to afford vet, farrier, feed, etc.

Keep in mind I'm not saying this to be mean at all.

Unfortantely, if you can't afford to buy the horse, how do you feed it?
What if it needs vet care?

Horses are probably one of the most expensive hobbies you can ever get into, and I would really suggest that you just wait until you have your feet on the ground before trying to have your own horse, for the horses' sake.

I think the idea of leasing a horse is an excellent one. Put up an ad... you could get hired a groom/exercise rider!

If you want to fly over to Canada, you can come ride my fat Arab plugs all you want.
    12-07-2008, 05:08 AM
I think rach is well aware of the costs involved and im also pretty sure she would continue working to make money even after she gets a horse.

Now rach, sonny had some great ideas. You are too young for maccas or anything like that but you certainly arent too young to earn money doing odd jobs for people. As said, a lot of elderly people will pay reasonable money to have someone come and wash their clothes and hang them out or do their dishes or whatever.

You could always ask your barn/stable/wherever you ride now if you could swap a bit of hard work for stable fees etc

Youll get there hun ((hugs))
    12-08-2008, 01:05 AM
Let me tell you first hand, you want to save up some money in case you run into some health problems with your horse.
I highly recommend having at least $1000 saved up just in case. That can cover a fairly major vet bill and a month's board in case you can't work for a month.
I know it seems like a lot, but I really do recommend it.
When I first bought Denny, we were both in good health. Since then (less than 3 months ago) I have paid well over $1000 in vet bills alone. I have also had to pay for indoor board ($500/month) because he needed stall rest (luckily I already had him on stall board, so that wasn't a complete shock) and I myself have had to take quite a few days off work for my own health problems.
He's also skinny and on about $40 worth of extra feed each month.
You never know when it's going to bite you.
I'm warning you because it CAN and does happen that quickly. You're a very smart girl, but I know firsthand how much the need for a horse can overwhelm.
Be smart and you'll be fine :)

ETA - WSArabians brought up a good point.. you also have to factor in the cost of vaccinations, as well as teeth floating, board, vet, farrier, etc. The initial purchase price is nothing compared to the upkeep.
Denny's initial purchase price was $2500. I have since spent $1000 in vet bills, $1500 in boarding, and another $500 in miscellaneous stuff (blankets, tack, feed, etc).. so I have spent $500 more than his initial price in upkeep alone.. in 3 months!

On the bright side, there are some lovely cheap horses in the world right now, so when you've saved up and feel confident about buying a horse, you will have an awesome time doing so!

ETA 2 - having a horse on your own is a HUGE stress. Be sure you're mentally prepared as well. Believe you me, I cried when I saw my last vet bill!!
    12-09-2008, 12:21 AM
If you are still looking for a horse I have a 3 year old mare for sale. White Mare Halter Paint (Overo) Horse for Sale in Grafton , Massachusetts | Buy This Horse at Equine.com. Look at the link and let me know if you are interested
    12-09-2008, 02:48 PM
Horsepuller, welcome to the forum.

I'm afraid that your horse may be a little out of reach for our OP - in price and distance. She is in Australia.
    12-11-2008, 04:20 AM
About the on going costs. Yes, I understand that. That is why I am trying to earn money and keep the job. Thanks for your concern though!

But I do understand that there is worming, vet bills, farrier, dentists, feed and agisment. Not to mention seperate parts of tack.


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