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How long until someone should consider buying a horse & convincing parents questions?

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        07-09-2013, 01:07 PM
      #41
    Foal
    I know how you feel about wanting your own horse. I wanted my own horse after starting riding lessons when I was 8 (but my parents obviously said no to a 6 year old owning a horse...). When I started taking lessons at a different barn when I was 12 I got to half lease this great gelding, Romeo, and he taught me so much about horses. However, as soon as I did get my own horse, Rocky, when I was 15, I realized that as much as I learned from Romeo it didn't even start to teach me about the responsibilities of a horse. You really cannot know what you're getting into until you do it but since you have only been riding for a few weeks, I would suggest waiting. I'm a senior in high school this year and I've already been thinking about what to do with Rocky while I'm in college. Rocky is my life. My career choice, my school choice, everything revolves around how I can afford to keep him and how I will make time to ride him. I'm going to be an accountant because I know after 4 years of school I will be able to have a steady career and income that allows time to spend with horses. If you're not willing to make that kind of sacrifice for you horse, don't buy one. I know wayyyyy too many horses that have owners who had fun for awhile but got bored, scared, busy, etc and their horses just sit there. It literally breaks my heart to see all these good horses going to waste because the owner didn't do their homework ahead of time. Because there are so many horses like that, find one to lease. I'm sure your trainer knows someone who can set you up with a horse. You could pay for more lessons, as some people on here have mentioned, but it's fun to spend time with a horse without being in a lesson. I think that from what you have said it would be smart to lease a horse (even a care lease where you pay for everything and get to keep the horse on your own property 24/7) until you are 100% sure what your plans are and that you have the time and money to care for a horse. If I did not already own my horse, I wouldn't buy one now. There are too many variables after I graduate from high school. Just because you have a plan doesn't mean that's what will happen and caring for a horse is not negotiable. Ever. You HAVE to take care of your horse and buying a horse without knowing you can and will do that is selfish and immature.
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        07-09-2013, 10:28 PM
      #42
    Foal
    Yeah, I rode for 9 years before I got my first horse. (started at age 6, got my horse at 15)

    The main reason my parents bit the bullet was because I wouldn't have bee able to advance any further in my riding using the lesson horses because they were either too old or overworked(or both). So getting a horse was what took me to the next level.

    Personally I think if you've only been riding for a few weeks now might not be good timing, simply because there probably isn't a need for it at the moment. Horses may cost the same as a car but their maintnence costs exponentially more.

    Perhaps you could ask your parents about doing a half-lease?
         
        07-11-2013, 07:04 AM
      #43
    Foal
    If your parents are horse people and know enough about them, then wait 'till you know the basics in horse care and riding. Then would be an okay time to get a horse, but still with some help from a professional. If your parents don't know much about horses, wait a couple years, then see if there is a professional out there to help you. Whatever you decide to do, get a trainer to help you out when you first get your horse.
         
        07-12-2013, 06:31 PM
      #44
    Started
    Making your horse first priority is definitely going to be your biggest issue. The other day I was super tired, there was a storm rolling in, I had diplomas to study for and a show to prepare for. I ended up staying at the barn for 2 extra hours because I started thinking my horse was colicing. I had just ridden her and when I put her out in her pen she walked for a bit and immediately laid down. Despite the fact that she had just pooped before I had taken her out, I spent the next half hour listening for gut sounds, then the next half hour trying to make her eat and also making her get up. Turns out she was just tired from all of the riding we had been doing. That brings up another point, learn everything you can about diseases in horses. Especially ones that are more common in different breeds like HYPP, OCD, PSSM, GBED, HERDA, etc.
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