Buy or Lease?
I have never owned a horse before but me and my parents were looking to buy one and someone suggested that we lease one.
I would only have the horse around 3 years (uni) so should I lease?
Or buy a horse myself and then sell it?
I don't know your location, but if you are only going to have it for 3 years and considering the state of the economy and hay/feed prices going up, you may be able to find a 'free lease' horse and save yourself a bunch of $$s. There are plenty of horse owners around here just looking for someone to pick up the maintenance costs.
Yeah, I live in England.
Would probably be best to lease I suppose.
In your situation I think a lease would be best. Unless one of your parents is interested in riding after you have left, for university I assume?
Yeah, if I go to uni, and my parents would never get on a horse! During my lessons they stand as far away as possible or go to the pub! :lol:
So yeah, I have had a look and there is only 1 so far I could find in my area,
14HH, 8 year old, chestnut gelding.
I am very new so would 8 be too young?
An 8 yr old is not too young. If you are new to riding, it would be best to have a trainer or instructor that is familiar with your skills try the horse out first, though.
Yeah, Well I will show my friend it and get her to come and look at it with me, I'll have another look around later.
8yrs old is a good age (that's how old mine is about to be), just make sure you try it out, ask questions, etc.
Ok Thank you everyone, but can anyone translate this?
Welsh section c, x Hackney, Chestnut Gelding, 8 years, forward, honest pony, heaps of character, no vices, loves jumping, ideal pony club
Welsh Section C = breed
x Hackney = the pony is a Welsh/Hackney cross (a cross between two breeds)
Chestnut = color, brown
Gelding = casterated ("neutered") male
Forward = you don't have to kick him all the time to make him go, good impulsion
Honest = doesn't have bad riding habits, like refusing jumps, or bucking or rearing
Character = very personable, has a huge personality - can also mean he's a cheeky little guy.
No vices = vices are things that people don't like to have in a horse, for example, cribbing, pulling while tied, stall-weaving, etc.
Ideal pony club = good with kids, would make a suitable kids' mount
I hope I helped a little bit.
From the word "Forward" on, those things mean different things to different people; I translated as how I would read and interpret the ad :)
Best of luck! I agree that leasing would be your best option :)
Maybe I'll throw in a curve though: what about not leasing or buying, but finding a barn with different school horses? I've been riding for ... 16+ years?... and for the first 6, I didn't own a horse, I just took lessons on various school horses, and was able to progress upwards to the next "level" of horse when I got good enough :D
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