Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Southern Colorado
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need some advice!
Hi, I am in need of some advice. Sorry if this is long but Id like to thouroughly explain the situation. Im totally new to horses, only ridden about 20 times mostly before age 12.... although I've ridden a few times in the last few months. Im now 33. I have been dreaming about owning a horse for years.
Several months ago I was at a friends house Id just met, who owns horses and they had just got a pregnant mare they were caring for, for a friend. I feel kind of stupid saying this, and can't really explain it, but as soon as I saw her I had this little twinge in my heart and the thought ran through my mind, that horse and baby would be mine. At the time, I shrugged it off, because I have no where to keep a horse and had no idea why I thought that.
Then, just a week or so ago I heard they were selling mom and baby. (Girl who owns horse is pregnant with fourth child) I inquired to see if it was true, and they said they were considering it. Apparently the friend who they were watching the horse for does not want the mare or the colt back because she's too busy and travelling around. I started to mill the possibility in my mind but thought to myself, I know nothing about horses, so it seemed unreasonable.
Now, a couple days ago, my friend comes to me and says the mare is breaking out of their elecrtic fence to go eat grass by the creek and told me they had to come up with a quick solution. They were going to have to sell the mare and colt, or alternatively, have offered to sell me both and then they would have the money to build a large round pen to keep the mom and baby in. They would care for them and I could come over and work with them without having to pay stable fees. They live exactly two miles from my house.
I went to go visit them today, and I fell totally in love with both of them. I felt totally comfortable with them too. The baby, 2 months old, let me love all over him, followed me around a bit, and the mom was super sweet. Also letting me love on her and nuzzled me a bit. She did not seem spooky or skittish all. She is only green broke, however, and my friend says she is totally calm and easy to ride just doesnt know any commands. Words she used to describe her were lazy, hungry, friendly, and possibly not super smart. (but stunningly beautiful) She also said she'd be a good kids horse because she wont take off and run. I am thinking this sounds appealing to me, as a beginner. She said if I work with her 2-3 times a week I could be trail riding the mare in a month or so.... (but I would probably want to spend more time then that, whenever possible). I found out today my friend has taught professional horse training and trail riding and she said she'd be happy to help me all I want but she can't get on the horse right now because she (the human) is pretty far along in her pregnancy. I also live in a small rural community and there is a stable nearby and I know some of the people who work there, they charge $25 per hour for lessons and even less than that if I do some volunteer work.
Soooo... although I'm totally new to horses, it seems that cards are in my favor as far as support goes. They want $400 for mom and colt. I would pay for food monthly, probably clean up poop when I come over, and they would let me borrow supplies such as saddle and whatever else until I get my own so my initial investment is just $400. And my birthday is only 5 days away and hubby says he will help me to either buy the horses or pay for other stuff if I buy them myself..... what do you think- should I do it???? Could you help me think of questions to ask? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
Last edited by Jessy; 06-20-2012 at 11:11 PM.