Who Should I Buy? - Page 3
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Resources > Horses for Sale

Who Should I Buy?

This is a discussion on Who Should I Buy? within the Horses for Sale forums, part of the Horse Resources category

    Like Tree25Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        03-21-2013, 10:04 AM
      #21
    Cat
    Green Broke
    Its not just because you are 17. Check other threads of other new horse owners asking similar questions and you will find similar responses. No one wants to see someone get in over their head, so they just make sure that they provide a heads-up.

    As to buying Matt - it also sounds like you had a lot of responses to just that specific question as well.

    What are you planning to do with your horse? If your goal is high-level eventing or something really strenuous - well someone pointed out that can be difficult as the horse gets older. But for most types of riding - low-level schooling, trail riding, etc - 16/17 really is not that old. So if you like Matt, then go for Matt.

    However, it also does not hurt just keep an eye on what is out there and see what you find. The benefit of Matt is you have ridden him and you know what you are getting. With another horse they may seem great initially but some buyers just aren't honest, so buyer beware.
    autumnheart likes this.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        03-23-2013, 03:33 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Matt sounds like a great opportunity. $1500 isn't bad for an already-trained horse, and it's awesome that you already know him, since you had leased him before.

    Make sure your parents are willing to help you out if the costs of horse ownership go a little over your head. Sometimes things come up that you didn't plan on that can make extra $$$, and parents don't always understand. My parents bought a filly for me last summer, and said they'd be willing to pay for board at the barn I love until I could (it was about $200 more per month than at other places, but it's close and has an awesome trainer), but hay prices shot up due to a drought, and now they're paying an extra $100 on top of the $200.

    My point is that now my parents are talking about moving my filly to another barn, because of the price increase. So, be prepared. Things come up, like hay prices or an injury. If Matt strains a ligament and needs to be put on stall rest and wrapped and iced for a year, will you still be able to give your time and money to his medical needs while also paying for board on a horse you can't ride? I say this not to be a downer, but because someone at my barn was off her horse for more than a year because of an injury, and he's a young gelding.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, believe me! Having a horse of my own is so much better than riding other people's horses. But be prepared for unexpected costs, and make sure your parents are behind you 100%.
    2BigReds and autumnheart like this.
         
        03-23-2013, 06:53 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by autumnheart    
    Thank you all for your replies! I really appreciate all of the concerns you have brought up. I will say that these responses aren't exactly what I was looking for...I'm well aware of the expense of a horse. I know it isn't just the initial costs, it's all the upkeep. I've tried my best to calculate every little cost that there might be AND have kept in mind emergency situations. And none of you know how much I make. I feel like because I'm only 17 you've assumed I'm ignorant, or "my reality's skewed."

    My question was should I go for Matt or invest in another horse. That's really all I needed to know. I wasn't looking for reading novels of lectures.
    The only way to know if he is reasonable priced is to see what else is out there at what cost. If comparibles are 1000.00 then he is over priced if they are 2000.00 then he may be underpriced.
    I agree that he is getting older and could be sound for many yrs or you could buy an 8 yr old that might be unsound in a month. No one really knows except if there are obvious conformation flaws that would lead to unsoundness to look for.
         
        03-23-2013, 07:14 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I have nothing to say on the topic as everyone else has covered my thoughts already.
    2BigReds and autumnheart like this.
         
        03-24-2013, 02:44 AM
      #25
    Foal
    It's always wise to ask for advice before making major decisions. And a horse is definitely a major financial decision!

    OP, I agree with Matt not being that old at 17. Many horses are sound well beyond that and very capable of keeping up with the average rider's needs.

    However, because you're 17 I would discourage you getting a horse that age. Not because it will get sick or lame soon, but because at your age it's a good idea to keep your options open. And if you want to move or go to college in a couple years, or need to pay for an apartment and can no longer afford a horse it will be incredibly hard to sell him because by that time he might be in his 20s and even if he is perfectly sound very few people will even give him a glance.

    I've been in that position, and it is really difficult! Think carefully because at your age things can change really fast and if you get a horse that age you are usually their final owner. Is it best for you?
    autumnheart likes this.
         
        03-24-2013, 09:15 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Little Jane    
    Matt sounds like a great opportunity. $1500 isn't bad for an already-trained horse, and it's awesome that you already know him, since you had leased him before.

    Make sure your parents are willing to help you out if the costs of horse ownership go a little over your head. Sometimes things come up that you didn't plan on that can make extra $$$, and parents don't always understand. My parents bought a filly for me last summer, and said they'd be willing to pay for board at the barn I love until I could (it was about $200 more per month than at other places, but it's close and has an awesome trainer), but hay prices shot up due to a drought, and now they're paying an extra $100 on top of the $200.

    My point is that now my parents are talking about moving my filly to another barn, because of the price increase. So, be prepared. Things come up, like hay prices or an injury. If Matt strains a ligament and needs to be put on stall rest and wrapped and iced for a year, will you still be able to give your time and money to his medical needs while also paying for board on a horse you can't ride? I say this not to be a downer, but because someone at my barn was off her horse for more than a year because of an injury, and he's a young gelding.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, believe me! Having a horse of my own is so much better than riding other people's horses. But be prepared for unexpected costs, and make sure your parents are behind you 100%.
    This. My friend had her 4yo mare for about 2 months before she went lame. They found a soft tissue injury in her hoof. $7k later, she's laid up for a year. Thank god she's insured!!!

    When I got my horse, I was making 1/3rd more than I am now, and dealing with being unemployed with a horse and little to no savings because things happen sucks. I'm only now getting out of that! Not saying that my horse isn't worth it, but it's definitely a possibility. In any case, best of luck! I tried to buy a horse that I leased at first but it didn't work out. Hope it does for you!
         
        03-24-2013, 11:10 PM
      #27
    Foal
    I would buy Matt. I am 18, but I got my first horse when I was 17. You sound a lot like me. But my parents didn't lease a horse for me. Not because they wouldn't but because in our area that isn't common. Anyhow. My horse is a 7 year old mare. I thought that I was an experienced rider. I had been riding for two years after all. Horses have a way of making your ego go way. I got her and was over my head the first couple of months she was here. I couldn't go in the field with her and every time I rode her I ended up on the ground. She is great now that I have learned how to handle her. The point of the story is that I would go for Matt, he will be your best friend if given the chance. If I had to do it over I would buy a 17 or older horse OR lease a horse. I hope whatever choice you pick you post pictures!
    2BigReds and autumnheart like this.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    What to buy when preparing to buy 1st horse? Cat0912 Horse Tack and Equipment 9 01-06-2013 08:13 PM
    To buy or not to buy? Horse Feet Pics Evilme5229 Horse Health 13 08-31-2011 04:30 AM
    To buy one or not to buy one (Advice Needed) ChingazMyBoy Horse Tack and Equipment 11 11-02-2009 08:02 AM
    Possible buy - hunter jumper - would you buy/lease either of these? AussieDaisyGirl Horse Riding Critique 16 08-06-2009 02:57 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:22 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0