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        07-05-2013, 07:05 AM
      #11
    Banned
    But only getting to ride once per week is painful.
         
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        07-05-2013, 07:31 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    If you lease, you'd likely be able to ride much more than just once a week. When I leased, I was allowed to ride the horse at any given time, although I know that some leases have a limit to the number of rides you can have per week... however, I am sure you could find a lease that would work for you. That way, you could get a taste for horse ownership without having that huge commitment, at least until you're completely ready to take it on... financially and time-wise.
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        07-05-2013, 07:36 AM
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    You shouldn't consider getting a horse yet.

    You see, owning a horse is not just the privilege of riding whenever you want.

    It is also knowing that you may be forced NOT to ride for a very long time, if your horse gets sick or injured, and you most likely won't have any funds left for lessons on other horses due to medical expenses.

    It means being there for your horse in illness and pain, in blazing sun and howling winter storms, in the earliest morning hours and the black of the night.

    It means sacrificing much of your free time, your social life and other things you might be used to, because caring for your horse will have to be a priority. And it means hard, hard work 24/7.

    It means not panicking if and when, God forbid, your horse faces colic, laminitis, injury, fractures, or just being trapped in an unfortunate situation, and knowing exactly what to do - therefore, it calls for extensive knowledge, which simply cannot be gained over a few weeks of lessons at a riding school.

    It means knowing and managing your horses diet as an ABC, which is a separate science for itself.

    It means a million of other things, miniscule details, that can turn into a tragedy or just a sore horse and an unhappy rider over a split second, if you don't have the much needed experience, which can be gained only over hours, days, months, YEARS of practice.

    Besides, you cannot just keep a horse alone on your property - they are herd animals, they need a companion of their own species, therefore - count all the expenses twice, and add some emergency funds as well.

    Fencing, psychology, training, tack, health, hooves, feeding... It's a science, it's for a lifetime. Nothing is easier than buying a horse and hoping for lots of nice rides...but, when you get there, you might face a very rocky road. And find yourself there alone.

    Be patient, educate yourself, try working at a barn as a working student, try to learn as much as you can, ride as many horses as you can, observe everything you see and never be afraid to ask for an advice. You will definitely be ready for your own horse, if you do so - but only over time. Good luck! :)
         
        07-05-2013, 07:37 AM
      #14
    Started
    OK, I will tell you my (old) Times WERE way different, but still... I was in 4th grade when we moved from very large city to the country(now considered suburb). I begged for a dog. Promised to feed it, brush it, etc.... So, I got a dog. About a week later, I quit feeding, brushing, etc. But I went to the little stable close to the house everyday. I made friends, and watched. Rode some double with people that had horses.

    And one day about 8 months later, it was POURING down rain, and I was putting on raingear, when my Mom asked me why. I said, "MOM, when I get a horse, I HAVE to take care of it , whether it's raining or NOT!!!" Probably 3 months later, we got a pony. And I have only been horse-free for short periods since. 40+ years.

    Also, though this sounds like bragging, I knew everything in every book available by that time, what to feed it(simpler back then), what I needed to take care of it, all the parts of the horse, tack, etc., because I had STUDIED it. I did not get a saddle for about a year, so I rode bareback on that difficult pony. He taught me A LOT.

    Good Luck!

    Nancy
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        07-05-2013, 10:34 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    If your parents have have the space and a stalls then consider offering a board situation that allows for a couple of horses. I exchanged board for ride time more than once. With the right owner it can work for all involved once you have more experience.You'd have to have someone familiar with horses help out with an agreement to keep drama to a minimum but even if you are asked not to ride helping them with care would give you experience. Talk to your instructor s/he may have advice that would help. You can also volunteer where you ride or ask if there is a work trade option for more ride time. I've also had agreements where I paid for a minimum number of lessons and worked for extra.
         
        07-05-2013, 11:21 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    My daughter wanted to own her own horse after a few lessons too. What horse crazy girl doesn't? She took 2 years of riding lessons, took on some chores at the barn, then we leased her lesson horse for almost 2 years for her, before buying her a horse. Then, we looked at 13 and called on about 20 more before we found the right horse for her.

    As a high school teacher, I will also say that adequate time for her horse while in high school is hard to come by. You might benefit from leasing a horse so that when high school and college gets to be too much, you can return the horse to the owner. If you're lucky, you find a horse that is owned by a person who is just a few steps ahead of you, heading off to college and wanting someone to keep their horse company while they're too busy.
         
        07-05-2013, 11:32 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    I tend to think that the concern that most parents would have (aside from the obvious one of expense) is whether or not their child's interest in a particular thing is going to be sustained long enough to make whatever it is more than just a passing fad. I might consider that any horse you buy, it's a good idea to approach it with the idea in mind that you may have to keep this animal for the rest of its life - because it's much easier to buy a horse than to sell one particularly if you care what happens to them after they leave you. Even your well-trained horses can become worth zero overnight if something happens to them!

    Leasing is a good idea, as others have suggested. Another thing you might could try is to look around for people who own horses but don't ride them enough - if you can ride well and present yourself well you can probably get more horses to ride than you'd want!
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        07-05-2013, 11:40 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Leasing is a great option. If college becomes too time-consuming, you can easily discontinue a lease (as opposed to spending a fortune having fullcare provided to your own horse or the nightmare of trying to sell one).

    Plenty of free leases available where I live. You pay food, vet and other associated care costs and in return can ride as often as you would like.

    The other problem you are facing is that while you may have a perfect horse setup, horses do not like to be alone! So now you need two or some variety of companion animal AND your horse has to get along with said companion. A goat isn't of much use if the horse kills it in the first 5 minutes...
         
        07-05-2013, 11:56 AM
      #19
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    If you weigh up the costs of buying and keeping a horse you could probably afford to have more than one lesson a week out of that money
    Prove to your parents that its not just a passing 'fad' and get to the point where you're riding at above beginner level - that would open up more options for the sort of horse you could buy
    Can you find a horse rescue or retirement place near you - we have one by us that welcome volunteers with open arms and it gives anyone that's keen to learn a chance to get experience in grooming, tacking up, general handling, mucking out a stable etc that's great preparation for owning a horse.
         
        07-05-2013, 12:07 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I agree with what others have said about care and costs but another thing to consider is that you have only just entered the "horse world", taking english riding lessons. You may never think of doing any other discipline.....but you might! As others have said it's easier to buy a horse than sell one. If you buy a nicely trained english riding horse and then discover that reining is your calling, you're going to need a different horse. Take some time to explore all the vast, wonderful things you can do with horses before you buy. By then you will likely have more money, more training and be able to make a more informed decision. As for only getting to ride once a week, try seeing if your lesson barn could allow you to work off another lesson. Good luck
         

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