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wannahorse22 08-17-2010 09:48 PM

Need help making a decision!
Some of you may already know this but I am purchasing a horse soon. We are moving to a 10 acre property. We WERE going ot fix up the old barn up front. But now I am having second thoughts. See, I am going to be a first-time horse owner, and I don't want to mess anything up. It would be awesome to have the horse at home, and make all the decisions and stuff. But...I would miss so many things at my barn right now :( I have really close friends there, the barn sleepovers. Plus, we vacation a lot (its a full board). And some of my friends at the barn might be purchsing and boarding soon...I would just miss it. So what should I do....home or board?

cakemom 08-17-2010 10:08 PM

Well, as a parent, I allow Sarah to have a horse at home, who she brings to the barn for lessons. She rides her horse on week and an awesowe trained killer lesson horse the next...same price for the lessons, and she gets work with her green horse as well as work with one who can teach her- and continues to have her barn relationships and all.
Is this something your mom would be up for?
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wannahorse22 08-17-2010 10:42 PM

She most likely would. But what abot trailering? I just can't decide if I will be able to commit to good school grades, and a horse at home.
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corinowalk 08-17-2010 10:45 PM

Are your parents up for the cost of boarding? It might be worth it to keep your horse at the stable for now and move it next year when you are more confident riding on your own

cakemom 08-17-2010 10:49 PM

We bought a cheap trailer, which honestly I wouldn't own a horse without one.
BUT you are thinking so smart. I can tell you that Sarah could not do it without alot of help from me. Perhaps if you do get a horse you should wait until next summer, giving yourself a few months to become accustomed to the new work load.
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A knack for horses 08-17-2010 10:55 PM

If I were to get a horse right now, it would have to be boarded. But even if I had the option I would still board my horse.

I do have fairly competent skills when it comes to riding and horse care, but there is so much I don't know and haven't experienced yet. I would rather have somebody knowledgeable that I trust around me in case I run into a problem or emergency. Boarding is a great way to do this because you can learn from baorders and if you have a question, more than likely there will be somebody around to answer it. The only thing to worry about is to watch for who is a good horseman and who isn't, and try to stick under the good ones.

Edit** Boarding is also a great solution to finding horse sitters every time you leave town. Horses need to be fed 2-4 meals a day, plus being groomed, exersized, shod, and get vet visits on a regular basis. If you keep her at a boarding stable, some of this load would be taken on by the barn staff (depending on what type of board you get, full or rough).

haleylvsshammy 08-17-2010 11:30 PM

I would recommend boarding for up to a year before bringing your horse home. This way, you can get accostumed to having a horse and the new responsibilities while still being able to do hw, etc without the worry. You could always take your horse home for maybe one or 2 weekends a month so you can get a taste of what it's like to have your horse at home (you could possibly borrow a trailer from the BO or another boarder). I do partial care board and it's a LOT of work, I have to take care of my horse and the BO's 2 horses for 1/2 of the week. So it's very smart of you to be thinking about this.

wannahorse22 08-18-2010 07:25 AM

I am liking the idea of boarding for around a year, then bringing it home. Knowing myself though, I will probably get hooked to boarding, and want to stay there

franknbeans 08-18-2010 07:54 AM

Also keep in mind that most horses need some sort of companion. They ARE herd animals......I just helped in the search a couple of weeks ago for a girls pony she had just brought home 2 days before......pony did not like being alone. Thankfully, we found the pony a day later, and she now has a mini with her.
I vote for boarding if your parents will go for it. It is also invaluable to have the friends to ride with, supporting you, telling you good and learn much more, IMO.
It is difficult to go away when the horses are at home-I used to do it, but missed the company, and like to travel.......
Good luck!

wannahorse22 08-18-2010 08:27 AM

Very good point.

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