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        09-07-2013, 09:12 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Unfortunately "extensive wealth" doesn't buy real world experience. It certainly helps, you wont have to do it the down and dirty way, but you can't buy horse knowledge... You must experience it. Horses aren't large dogs, they can really kill or seriously in you. Likewise you can kill or seriously injure a horse if you don't know what your doing.
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        09-07-2013, 09:35 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Hi! Welcome to the forum, I'm new too!

    I think it's great you're getting into horses! However, I do agree with some of the people above me. I would take lessons first, for a few months at least. Main reason I'm saying that is because the first time you fall is scary. (hardest thing about riding is the ground, right?) I'm worried that if you go into horse ownership with the fear you have of getting bucked off, mixed with the newness of it, might end up badly. Get more comfortable riding and around horses in general...whether it be in lessons, on your friends horses, whichever way you can! See how it goes. Owning a horse is a lot a lot of work...blood sweat and tears...in a good way, but it's a whole different kettle of fish then a lot of other different pets. Horses can seriously hurt you, and you can seriously hurt them. Take comfort in the fact that, like you said, your parents can pretty much get you one whenever you are ready (want to adopt me too?), so just take it slow! See how it goes and enjoy the ride. You're young. Ride a lot of horses :)
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        09-07-2013, 10:00 PM
      #23
    Foal
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    It is quite likely that I am older than your mom............
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        09-07-2013, 10:09 PM
      #24
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by pbeebs    
    Hi! Welcome to the forum, I'm new too!

    I think it's great you're getting into horses! However, I do agree with some of the people above me. I would take lessons first, for a few months at least. Main reason I'm saying that is because the first time you fall is scary. (hardest thing about riding is the ground, right?) I'm worried that if you go into horse ownership with the fear you have of getting bucked off, mixed with the newness of it, might end up badly. Get more comfortable riding and around horses in general...whether it be in lessons, on your friends horses, whichever way you can! See how it goes. Owning a horse is a lot a lot of work...blood sweat and tears...in a good way, but it's a whole different kettle of fish then a lot of other different pets. Horses can seriously hurt you, and you can seriously hurt them. Take comfort in the fact that, like you said, your parents can pretty much get you one whenever you are ready (want to adopt me too?), so just take it slow! See how it goes and enjoy the ride. You're young. Ride a lot of horses :)
    Thank you!! And yeah sure we can adopt you too. And I have a fear of being bucked off because hen I was like 9 a watched a girl get bucke off a horse and it looked pretty scary. And I went to a emergency rouom because my twin brothers concussion, and a girl who rides equestrian was there who had a accident on a horse......she looked like she was a zombie....she was covered in blood, her eyes were bloodshot and glazed, she had teeth knocked in, her hair was full of blood and it was just so gruesome. Which scared me pretty bad. But after a saw what gental, loving, and beautiful animals they were, I really liked them. I live in the country so riding horses is a very essential part of lifestyle (much different from my 12 years of living in the city of atlanta). And I want to ride horses. I'm just a liiiiittle bit scared.
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        09-07-2013, 10:26 PM
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    Weanling
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    ....I would NEVER get an animal "because everyone else has one and its cool". I'm not a follower of everyone else, if I was I wouldn't be the smart and intelligent girl I am. It's become routine for me and my friends to go riding after school from 4:45 to 6:00 everyday, so seeing my horse a lot and caring for it isn't a problem. Even when I go to college (which will be long, I plan to get my Medical doctorate in obstetrics and gynecology, so ill be in school for a while, but my mom will take care of my horse).
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    I suggest you get some experience then. Money can't buy that and without it you are running the risk of hurting you or your horse. Take some lessons from a professional, since you have a wealthy family take good ones.

    And don't just buy a horse because its cute or looks good or something, looks can be decieving and that's one of the most common mistakes people make. Good luck.
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        09-07-2013, 10:27 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    That is the unfortunate reality of working with a horse 10-15x your size. Injuries are bound to happen. For some it might be bruises and bumps, for others it could be paralyzation or TBIs. Scary, but every time you open that gate or put a foot in the stirrup you run the risk of injury.
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        09-08-2013, 10:43 AM
      #27
    Foal
    And don't just buy a horse because its cute or looks good or something, looks can be decieving and that's one of the most common mistakes people make. Good luck.
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    Are you kidding me? I would never buy an animal because it looked cute.
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        09-08-2013, 11:00 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by EmmiRuth    
    And don't just buy a horse because its cute or looks good or something, looks can be decieving and that's one of the most common mistakes people make. Good luck.
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    Are you kidding me? I would never buy an animal because it looked cute.
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    For one, that attitude won't get you far here.

    Secondly, people buy animals for the wrong reasons all the time! They see a cute rottie puppy, buy it, and it turns into a 130 pound monster. Then people like me step in and take the dog. Why? Because people don't plan for the future. Same thing with horses. They pick the cutest baby horsie and they don't realize that horses take lots of time to train and they are big dangerous animals.

    We don't know you from a hole in the wall, so yes, maybe you *could* be the type of person who picks the cutest horse in the paddock. After all, you thought they only thing you needed was a good breed and a a good age. If you were ready for a horse you would have already known that, IMO. You've gotten good advice, take it and learn instead of becoming offended.
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        09-08-2013, 11:10 AM
      #29
    Foal
    I'm not even sure if we should take the OP seriously. I mean how many teens have extensively wealthy parents who not only have the means to buy a horse but the willingness to care for it for the duration of an advanced degree such as specialty medicine?

    If the OP is genuine, then my advice would be to wait. Finish high school; lease a horse if you wish to have daily responsibility for one. Go to college. Then if or when you graduate, have an established career, time and money, and the inclination to buy a horse, lease one again. If you're still keen on ownership and all has gone well for a couple of years of leasing then buy. But ensure you have the experience and knowledge before you hit the road in search of the perfect horse for you. I have always been around horses, had lessons that I funded from part time work as a teen, had a number of "work in exchange for lessons" experiences, etc. I ended up buying my first horse just last year, at the age of 47! I've had my chestnut paint mare for just over a year and we are still getting to know each other. Her liking me isn't the issue - her TRUSTING me is what's important. And vice versa. It's a slow process for some horses and their riders because every horse is different. I'm glad I haven't kept track of the dollars spent on horses, gear, vet and farrier bills, paddock rent, and so on...I'd probably faint!
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        09-08-2013, 12:06 PM
      #30
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by EquineGirl1965    
    I'm not even sure if we should take the OP seriously. I mean how many teens have extensively wealthy parents who not only have the means to buy a horse but the willingness to care for it for the duration of an advanced degree such as specialty medicine?
    Well, I know several families like this actually. And I also know that many of those teens have a really hard time about it because they are quickly judged as being spoiled.

    But, it's nice that you went on to provide input regardless.
         

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