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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ready for lease or purchase?

Not sure if this is the right place for questions, but here goes. How long will it take a beginner, taking a lesson only once per week, to get to a point where she can lease/buy a horse? It is very frustrating as a beginner to feel as if I am unqualified to lease/buy a horse, but how else can I get more riding time, practice, and experience? My trainer and the BO are willing to help me find a good fit horse, but I get the feeling that I have to be a lot more advanced before we take that step. Seems like a slow process. I would like to get on a horse more than once per week. Extra lessons are not as option due to shorter days and the trainers limited schedule.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-29-2012, 08:54 PM
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No answers for you.....

But I can definitely empathize. I started riding again about 3 months ago after a very long time. I had a horse as a teenager and I feel like I am just as hooked now as I was then, but I am over the dangers of being boy-crazy ha! I am able to take about 2-3 lessons a week but I am still trying out different barns/teachers so there is not a lot of consistency. A big part of how I "evaluate" them is whether or not there is a possibility to lease or board and continue to take lessons. I live in DC and am pretty limited by traffic constraints. I've found a couple of horses/barns that would be a great fit, but they were at least an hour and a half away in traffic.

I really like one of the barns where I've taken lessons, but I get the same might be six months before they will help me find a horse to lease. I can understand their position; I imagine they would feel responsible if something went wrong, etc., but it is still frustrating. I was hoping in 6 months I would have been leasing long enough to help me determine if I am committed enough to buy. So much of what I want to work on (improving my seat, leg position, etc.), I'd like to practice at the walk so that I am not also worrying about staying on . Also not during my $60-$70 lesson. And I love just grooming and walking the horse which is limited to my lesson times.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-29-2012, 09:15 PM
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I think if you can definately afford one (vet bills, feed, feet, emergency fund etc) and you find a horse your comfortable with for your weekly lessons and then some but most importantly that is broke enough for a beginner I'd say go for it. When you do find a horse, I'd suggest keeping your rides to your weekly lessons and working on ground work and "bonding" with your horse for a bit. Your trainer could tell you for how long and if necessary. Good luck!!
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-30-2012, 12:04 AM
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Ask your instructor to cover basic horsemanship as part of your lessons. That's what I do as an instructor. I teach my students how to (safely!!) catch and halter, groom, tack up, horse psychology and reading horses (horse sense). All of these things prepare you for leasing or owning. I absolutely think you should lease before you buy, and that you should still be taking lessons when you do start to lease.
How long have you been taking lessons? I would estimate, depending on the rider, it would take at least 6 months of weekly lessons to be ready to lease a horse.
You could also ask you instructor if you could come to your lesson early to get your horse ready, groom/tack up. etc.
Ask if you can come watch during feeding time or the next time the farrier comes out to do hooves.
Volunteer to help, even if it is just sweeping aisles, cleaning stalls, etc.
Most of the time involved in owning a horse is in the day-to-day care, not the riding.
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Tessa, well said.
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I am hoping by spring/early summer I will be ready for something. I will have about 6-9 months of weekly lessons in by then (depending on the weather this winter. Some lessons may get canceled as there is no indoor arena). I have started to "look" Like kellylee, I love the time just grooming and walking the horse and would love more time to work on my seat, leg position, balance, etc. I am already getting my lesson horse when I arrive, grooming, tacking up and then putting everything away and grooming again after my lesson. This does take up some of my time, so the actual riding doesn't seem very long, but I enjoy it and know it's important. I do plan on continuing lessons even while I am leasing and/or if I find a horse to buy. Thanks for the advice.
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