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        05-26-2013, 05:21 PM
      #21
    Foal
    I almost forgot how many negative people there are in the horse realm. There are also some very helpful and optimistic people too......
    For those that think I won't have time in college are wrong. I have been in college for 3 years already and have gotten every pre-req and addon on course finished. When I start this fall ALL I will be taking is the nursing class itself. That is 2 hours for 3 days a week. There are plenty of people that have 2 jobs and own horses and I am sure they find whatever free time they can to take care of their horse. As for my baby I have her all the time, but I have awesome in laws who would take her whenever they can get the chance. They love having her whenever they can. My mother is always knocking on my door trying to take my baby out to the mall or over to her house for a few hours also. Trust me when I say I have more free time than money.
    Yes some people mock or turn up their nose when I say I want to spend only 1k on a horse, but not everyone has some nest egg to buy a horse that is PERFECT. I can save lots of money, but when I buy a expensive horse it takes the funds out of everything else. My husband makes great money and has said he would help with everything I needed, but I have to buy the horse. That is why I only want to buy a lower budget horse. I only worked part time at show barn and saved enough to spend that amount on a horse and have enough left over for all the accessories.
    I am not going to buy a green broke horse and jump on it in a day. I understand the time and patience it takes to properly ground train a horse first and then move on the bigger and better things. And when I say respect the horse I don't mean let it get away with anything it wants. I don't know how those two meanings of the word got mixed up. I meant give it time, training, and lots of TLC.
    I love the story about your awesome auction horses. I respect your bravery in adopting through a auction and I wish I had the guts. I would be too afraid of coming home with a lemon and I would rather be able to talk to the owner and visit with a horse a few times before purchase. And plus I would be too soft and buy the most sick looking sweet face there! Lol.
         
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        05-26-2013, 05:40 PM
      #22
    Started
    Any time you get on a large forum and ask for opinions you are going to get a basket full. Most people really are trying to help. A new horse owner and a green horse is a combination that makes most of us have our hair stand on end. We have heard the tales and seen the results. But if the new owner has a fair amount of experience and the smarts to understand there is a lot to learn and is willing to seek help when you need it (this actually goes for all of us), well then, go for it.
    Personally, I think it is easier to start with a horse that is somewhat experienced, but I have had my share of greenies along the way. You will be on a faster learning curve.
    I hope you find a horse that fits with your plans and budget. They are out there.
         
        05-26-2013, 05:45 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Thanks Dustbunny!

    I have experience and I am confident. I may not have perfect form, but I surely can hold a seat. I figured whether I spent 5k on a horse or $1 I would be hiring a trainer and be getting lessons so if I can save some $ on the purchasing the horse part I will. I have plenty of time to learn and ride. Hopefully my trainer will keep me in line along the way XD
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        05-26-2013, 07:43 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Also, Undante, sometimes the (or one of the) right answer is the one you don't want to hear. Unfortunately, that's reality.

    Being in nursing school myself I would never commit myself to a greenie for a few reasons. 1) nursing right now IS MY LIFE. They job market is VERY competitive right now. 2) God forbid I get injured riding, I can't take the time off of school. I need to be 100% sound. 3) having a greenie is stressful and time consuming. I have enough stress from school and little time. 4) I don't even have a kid, Idk how I could manage that as well.

    I would save up some money and go for something with a little more training. Nothing special, walk, trot, canter, whoa and steering. Some desensitization and ground would be nice to. Set yourself up for success!

    Just my two cents.
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        05-27-2013, 09:06 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Undante    
    I almost forgot how many negative people there are in the horse realm. There are also some very helpful and optimistic people too......
    For those that think I won't have time in college are wrong. I have been in college for 3 years already and have gotten every pre-req and addon on course finished. When I start this fall ALL I will be taking is the nursing class itself. That is 2 hours for 3 days a week. There are plenty of people that have 2 jobs and own horses and I am sure they find whatever free time they can to take care of their horse. As for my baby I have her all the time, but I have awesome in laws who would take her whenever they can get the chance. They love having her whenever they can. My mother is always knocking on my door trying to take my baby out to the mall or over to her house for a few hours also. Trust me when I say I have more free time than money.
    Yes some people mock or turn up their nose when I say I want to spend only 1k on a horse, but not everyone has some nest egg to buy a horse that is PERFECT. I can save lots of money, but when I buy a expensive horse it takes the funds out of everything else. My husband makes great money and has said he would help with everything I needed, but I have to buy the horse. That is why I only want to buy a lower budget horse. I only worked part time at show barn and saved enough to spend that amount on a horse and have enough left over for all the accessories.
    I am not going to buy a green broke horse and jump on it in a day. I understand the time and patience it takes to properly ground train a horse first and then move on the bigger and better things. And when I say respect the horse I don't mean let it get away with anything it wants. I don't know how those two meanings of the word got mixed up. I meant give it time, training, and lots of TLC.
    I love the story about your awesome auction horses. I respect your bravery in adopting through a auction and I wish I had the guts. I would be too afraid of coming home with a lemon and I would rather be able to talk to the owner and visit with a horse a few times before purchase. And plus I would be too soft and buy the most sick looking sweet face there! Lol.
    I am a negative person because I suggested it might be better to wait until after college to get a horse? Okaaaay.

    I don't know what kind of nursing school you are going to, but I have never heard of an RN program that is two hours, three days a week. Obviously when I was in nursing school, that was all I did too. Prerequisites are just that.....you *have* to finish them prior to nursing school, so why would anyone assume you were still taking them? Why even clarify that?

    In RN school you have lectures combined with clinicals. When you are not in class, you are often studying, or you are planning for your clinical days, picking patients and writing up your POCs. Days not spent in lecture or clinical prep are spent at the hospital. Some people do work, and many of the folks I went to school with had families. Several dropped out due to a simple lack of time and money for everything. Very sad to work that hard to become an RN and have to drop out, and there were no horses involved in those situations, just people trying to support their families and go to school.

    You are going into nursing school and asked a question about horse ownership. I have *been* through nursing school and graduated. I have also owned and ridden horses for over thirty years. You asked for opinions and you got one. I was honest about my experience, but if my honesty conflicts with your current perception of reality I am labeled "negative". At any rate, it does not look like you even considered the issues raised by some here, if you only want people who agree with your plans, why post at all?
         
        05-27-2013, 11:48 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Woah woah. Lol. I asked about buying a specific horse not insight in my life and whether or not I should own a horse. Some people from their first post suggested that I was neither ready nor available enough for a horse.

    And I don't know what nursing school you went to but at my college it is 2 year program full load meaning 18-21 credits a semester. Thankfully my first year in college I just took basic sciences, english, psychology, and sociology and got all the other "extra" classes done the following 2 years. Now my third year I have nothing but nursing classes for the next 2 years. I have 1 clinical on every monday for 5 hours lecture is tuesday and thursday for 2 hours and lab on friday. I don't see how this is an overload and I won't have time for a horse. He will have full board care and I can focus on training when I am there.

    While I see your point on hopping on a horse that is fully trained and going for a ride seems like a smart idea for a green rider, I am not a inexperienced horse enthusiast. And my favorite part about ownership is training the horse. I have trained, broke, showed, and leased plenty of horses. Just because it is my first horse doesn't mean I don't know what I am doing.
         
        05-28-2013, 12:00 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Wishing you the best-have you found any good prospects yet?
         
        05-28-2013, 12:29 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Undante, First, I wish you well. Horses are a blast! If I didn't think so, I never would have moved to where I keep them in the back yard, and I've owned horses since 1985.
    Second, NOBODY here is being "negative" bc they enjoy throwing cold water on your plans. I usually agree with SlideStop but on the point of buying at auction, I don't recommend it. When I had a riding academy business, I bought a lot of horses at auction. I'd give the horse one month to fit into my program. If he didn't, he was sold.
    People that purchase their first horse are going to get attached to whatever they buy, no matter how the wrong horse that they bought hurts them. We see it so often, and that is why people are warning you to be careful.
    There was a time when the economy was good and where I live people couldn't find local buyers for their horses, so MANY good horses were sold at auction. I bought two of my favorite horses, "Corporal" (Arabian) and "Ro Go Bar" (QH), both 1982-2009, RIP, at the same auction house, and I owned them for over 20 years until they passed on. I also bought a piece of pretty crap, "Fancy Lee Bar"--no, my friend went to the auction with my DH and SHE picked out this lemon. I don't have time or room to go through all of the 30-some horses I've owned over the years.
    NOW, we have the Internet and all of it's advertising advantages. Lot of really bad and dangerous horses now go for sale at auctions, and they are all full of problems that YOU, OP, won't know how to fix.
    Third, like Beau said, save up more$. It is and WILL be a Buyer's market for a long time. With no horse slaughter in the US, the few good horses (people don't have a job and have to sell them), the dangerous horses, the crippled horses, the old, unwanted horses are ALL out there for sale. It's a sea of unwanted animals.
    Third, YOU, IMHO, really want to research your first horse. I wouldn't settle on the ones that you have listed. I would have a list of 20 horses that I am interested in. Just find someone who is willing to trailer the horse home for you, and include that$ in your horse purchase.
    Good horses are out there. Just watched a Julie Goodnight program, taped last winter, and there was the owner of a Trekkaner (sp?-sorry) who needed to get her good horse to relax. A simple exercise, with good coaching fixed that problem. THIS is a good fit for you, too. The owner could have just as easily given up on a good horse and sold it, and THIS happens today bc we have a Federal Government who has shrunk our available jobs and our incomes. Lousy economy, less ability to own a horse. That should be good news for you.
    I would shop for a horse as if I was shopping for a mate.
    Really, we all just don't want to hear how your first horse threw you and cracked your ribs.
         
        05-28-2013, 02:04 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    I live in NY and there always seems to be a fair amount of trail broke cheap under $1000 horses in my area.

    I have bought a ottb mare for $100 and she is a great horse. I got a 2 year old stud colt with papers for free, I just had to pay for his gelding, $250 or so in my area. About a year ago a got an awesome QH on a free lifetime lease, he is now my main go to trail horse. I also have an appaloosa gelding I got about a 2 years ago free, was just really barn sour but eventually made a great horse for my young sister.

    Point is there are lots of great horses for sale in the western ny area. I know of several right now as well as a few auction houses that evaluate horses for riding abilities etc.

    PM me if you would like a couple websites\links to a few nice horses for sale.
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        05-29-2013, 09:35 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Thanks for all the advice/help! I found a great horse and the owner is willing to ship. Hired a trainer and I am ready to go! This is going to be a great summer of learning and growing in my equine experience.
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