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        08-31-2013, 09:09 PM
      #41
    Foal
    Nicely said, good luck!
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        09-10-2013, 11:30 PM
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        09-23-2013, 06:17 PM
      #43
    Foal
    I do have to say I agree with a bunch of the stuff said here but I also disagree with it. I have done lessons and read all the books in the world but no matter what I said at the stables I rode at no one took me seriously when I said I wanted my own so no one taught me how to decide what to feed and how much and when.no one went over different sicknesses and when is a good time to call a vet and what can be taken care of at home. When I get my own horse I will be playing with this on my own. And sure I have books a full collection of horse related books, but that lack of knowledge and lack of background doesn't make anyone less deserving of a horse. All animals are about trial and error, as long as the horse is well taken care of and getting what it needs and the person who owns it is doing all they can to learn what they need to do then I see nothing wrong with getting a horse and learning as you go.
         
        09-25-2013, 10:33 PM
      #44
    Foal
    These are some good tips! I've been riding for a good 13 years now, but have only had my own horses for a little while. It really is a whole new ball game and not for the faint of heart or the poor. I can't imagine only riding one or two years and getting a horse.
         
        09-26-2013, 07:48 AM
      #45
    Foal
    I agree! Great insightful tips! I so appreciate all the info...:)

    ~Ivanna~
         
        09-28-2013, 01:31 PM
      #46
    Foal
    Love this thread. As a returning adult rider (been back in the saddle for 3 years now), I'd also say that it's wise to think seriously about leasing instead of owning. This might be specific to urban folks like me, but:

    If I owned a horse--my dream since childhood--I would be spending all of the money I currently use to take lessons on the horse's board and vet care. I wouldn't have had lessons every week for three years on different horses, which definitely helped me regain my skills on buckers and bolters and green horses. I leased an OTTB mare for most of those three years: she was my equine soulmate, but if I'd owned her I would have been in an impossible situation last summer when we had to move across the country at the exact same time that she developed a career-ending stifle injury. I helped find her a new home, but it would have been devastating if I'd owned her because I wouldn't have had the funds to move her and cover her medical fees, let alone the ability to pay for her board when she wasn't able to be ridden at all.

    I'm rambling, but point being: there are lots of perks to leasing if you find the right owner and the right trainer. I'm at a small dressage barn now with wonderful people, starting a lease and still able to pay for lessons from a very good trainer--and there's no guilt about only being able to drive out from the city a couple of times a week, because the horse's owner rides him on my off days. Owning is great, but don't think that you can't be a horse person if you don't have your own steed. :)
         
        09-28-2013, 04:06 PM
      #47
    Green Broke
    I haven't read the whole thread, but I will have to slightly disagree with Winterose... horses are big, strong animals. "Trial and error" can mean a potentially life threatening situation. Exposing yourself to horses before owning one is one of the best decisions you can make.
         
        10-07-2013, 01:37 PM
      #48
    MBW
    Foal
    Get your self a well trusting horse that you know will take care of you very well. Also surround your self with lots of horse people that know what they are doing. Make sure you can trust your horse.
         
        10-07-2013, 01:46 PM
      #49
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Zexious    
    Exposing yourself to horses before owning one is one of the best decisions you can make.
    One better than just exposure.
    Expose yourself to EXPERTS, first, THEN buy.
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        10-07-2013, 03:04 PM
      #50
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Winterose    
    I do have to say I agree with a bunch of the stuff said here but I also disagree with it. I have done lessons and read all the books in the world but no matter what I said at the stables I rode at no one took me seriously when I said I wanted my own so no one taught me how to decide what to feed and how much and when.no one went over different sicknesses and when is a good time to call a vet and what can be taken care of at home. When I get my own horse I will be playing with this on my own. And sure I have books a full collection of horse related books, but that lack of knowledge and lack of background doesn't make anyone less deserving of a horse. All animals are about trial and error, as long as the horse is well taken care of and getting what it needs and the person who owns it is doing all they can to learn what they need to do then I see nothing wrong with getting a horse and learning as you go.
    You might well have said you want to own your own horse but did you ever ask direct questions like, "how do you decide what feed ration each horse gets? What and why do you feed such and such?"

    If anyone around me wants to get their own horse and wants to learn then I wil
    Take the time to teach them.

    Very few experienced people will not be willing to educate if asked directly, they are not mind readers.
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