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post #1 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Hello! I'm doing some research.

Hello people !
So I have always really wanted a horse. I'm 13 years old, and when i was really young (maybe 5-6 years old) We would go visit my great grandpa, who lived 3 hours away. But i loved riding the miniature horses he kept at his 'house' and then i didn't know until i was 10-11 (the last time we went) That he actually owned another big stable! and then a seperate barn for hay. But anyway, i got to ride a 'big' horse for the first time.. The horse i rode was around 30 years old, my mom rode him when she was a kid. My great grandpa tried to get that horse to go faster than a walk..but we all knew he wasn't going to :P
I also have a horse crazy friend...Who actually gave me the idea of wanting my OWN horse...
I could convince my parents to let me get a horse np...that is..if i had enough cash....which, will probably not happen
But that won't stop me from researching..and looking at horses..
Oh..and i looked at boarding for a horse that would be close to me.. the closest one, and the cheapest one is 5-10 miles from my house, and cost $375 a month. AND they (im just gonna copy it off their website(:
Resonable Rates
*24 hours a day, 7 days a week detailed personal attention
*Quality, on time feedings, breakfast and dinner in stalls, plus daily pasture with hay
*Daily stall cleaning and turnout: all weather paddock, arena turnout for inclement weather
*Walk to miles of beautiful trails: Lake Metroparks, Holden Arboretum, EBTA:East Branch Trail Association
*Friendly, family atmosphere. Home to the "Rough Riders" : a non-competitive, fun group focusing on safe horsemanship
*Consistency: experienced owners are the only workers
*Celebrating over 18 years at this location
*Indoor and outdoor arena
*Minimal boarder / horse turn-over. Come see why Liz and Ellie have been here 12+ years!

I find it a little strange it's the cheapest boarding place, another place about a mile away is $600 a month and self care.
Though i think i would feel weird having somebody take care of my horse...
Sorry if this kind of sounds like .. imature... i get like that when i talk about something that gets me excited/happy/i love/animals in general.

So....I said i would probably never get a horse until i move out and stuff...buuuuut...
I was wondering if anybody could list any other costs a horse will have other than board, hay and food.
like tack, vet etc.

(why do i ask all these questions? because i do. i like finding out stuff . and I may be starting a businuess that could earn me money...to pay for at least partial of the stuff for a horse) (oh and i can save my money really well, I havent bought anything with my cash except for other pets in 2 years. i dont mean to brag in any way by that, i have been told that is bragging.....)

Sorry for all the questions!
Oh and live in the US

TY if you actually read all of this!
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Wow i made a lot of typo's in that..sorry i'm typing in the dark xD
I live in the us.... Just thought i'd say im not commanding you to live in the US xD
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post #4 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 01:40 AM
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I would say you should start out with getting riding lessons and learn anything you can about horse keeping and handling. Then you can maybe volunteer at a stable, help with cites for lessons, then maybe lease/ share a horse with an owner who didn't have enough time. Once you gained experience, you can think about your own horse. There is so much to learn and to know about horses, in fact, you'll never stop learning ever. And owning a horse ids a big responsibility also, much different than having a dog or a cat.
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 05:36 AM
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Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #6 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the Advice (or suggestions? im not good with words xD)
I'm planning on getting riding lessons, or at least talking to my parents about taking riding lessons..
The stable i posted before has riding lessons for $35 for one hour..I would take them at least weekly.
Well, I do have to figure out how much money i can actually spend on riding lessons lol..I suppose one way i save money is never being able to find it in my mess room
I love learning about horses! Google wasn't really helping...xD
I will probably bomb this forum with question :P
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 03:35 PM
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Christmas is coming up, prefect occasion for asking
Make sure you ask for learning everything, not only to ride. And ask away here
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 03:59 PM
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I admire your lovely nonchalant attitude about finding out more about horse ownership :)

First and foremost, good on you for seeking out lessons. That's the best tool you have because you can not only learn how to ride, but bits and bobs about their care without becoming too invested.

I leased my horse for $450 a month (I have no idea what I was doing back then) and then he eventually became mine. I spent $250 on field board, but found it was really self care since they didn't give him nearly enough hay nor was there any grass. Horses require vaccines both in spring and fall. Shots run around $80-100 (total NOT each) depending on what you're getting or the area you're from. Farrier should come every 4-6 weeks depending on your individual horse. It can range from $25 to $110 depending.

I'd say this past year I've spent just under $8,000 on his care alone, including random vet visits.

The biggest chunk is always board, but you should never skimp on good care for your horse even if that means someone else does it. It just depends on the situation.

Leasing is a good way to try out horse ownership without the huge obligation since you can back out at anytime. There are 4 types of leases, partial, half, full, and free. Just fyi free doesn't always mean no charge to you.. it means you pay the owner nothing however you are in charge of all of the horse's expenses.

Best of luck, I really feel you should follow deserthorsewoman's advice to a T.
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As others have said, lessons and leasing are the best way to begin. I had been riding and leasing for ~12 years before a got my first horse as an adult and it worked out really well. I had been caring for other people's horses for years, but there is so much more to learn when you actually own your own.

You have to budget not only for board, but farrier ever 4-8 weeks depending on your horse. Shots and wormer twice a year (and I do fecal exams twice a year to make sure my horse is clear of worms in between the worming sessions). Teeth need to be done on average once a year. There is tack to buy (you always seem to need something new, it's never buy everything and be set) and blankets, boots, leg wraps, fly spray, brushes, conditioners. Then there are all the accidents that can happen with horses (they tend to be accident prone). YOu need certain emergency kit type things available all the time as well as money set aside to cover unexpected vet bills. Horse vets are very expensive, it costs me $75 for my vet to just drive out to my barn and goes up from there.

Start with other people's horses so you don't have to think about and pay for these things. When you're ready for your own, it will be easier that way.
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 04:24 PM
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Hi! :) I'm 13 too. I started riding when I was nine and a friend (not friends anymore) inspired me to start too!! You should get lessons at a good equestrian centre and take your time. These things definitely can't be rushed! Getting your own horse is a big responsability so lessons for a long time should be useful!! My profile pic is my horse now. The best horse I've ever had! (my third horse). His name is trigger he's 3. That's very young though. Your first horse should maybe be around 8-12 or maybe a bit more! One that is eperienced so it doesnt spook! I hope this helps you.
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