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post #1 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question 2 Horses or just 1??PLEASE HELP

Hiya! Ok, so i might be getting a horse this summer and in a week my dad said we can REALLY talk about it and i think he is sold on the idea obviosly because we have no horses or cattle and all we have of livestock is goats.. and obviosly WHY would he be building a 3 stall barn and an out door arena and round pen?? but i was REEEAAAALLLY thinking that if im going to get this horse that i have been working with and breaking for the past couple months, maybe another horse would be good since it will be a 3 stall barn. 1 stall for the goats, and the other two stalls for 2 horses. the outdoor arena will be huge. The thing is, that the horse i have been working with is only 200 dollars because she is green broke. but my mom's friend was talking to my dad about if your daughter (me) wants a horse she can just have one of mine for free. She is a horse recuer/trainer so i reallly want a taller horse because she has horses that are like 16hh and the horse i may be getting is only 14hh... i am planning on being a gamer/running flags on the horse i have been working with and so when i get older, i will already have a taller horse to ride and the good things are:
*There will be a barn for both of them
*they will both have plenty of grass/grain durring the summertime
*there will be another horse there so my sister can ride with me
* the horses, i can do different things on them
*I will be able to work with them BOTH every day except sunday is free day at my friends barn i will be able to just hang out with her that day
*they will be good company for eachother
*We have lots of property
* (when its rainy/snow season, my neighbors have an indoor arena they let us use whenever for free
*if one happens to pass (which i hope never happens until a LOOONNNGGGG time, then i will already have another horse with me so i will not feel like i just went out and bought another to replace one :(
*i have all the tack i need for the one horse im working with and tack is easy to get for me i can usually work for it
BAD THINGS
#My mom really doesnt want horses -.-
#We have no trailer (but soon soon this summer)
#a bit higher cost for hay/grain during winter times but my dad said he knows a place with good grass/alfalfa mix for cheap because hes friends with the owner of the hay
PLEASE HELP ME FIGURE THIS OUT I HAVE ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS OF SCHOOL!!! YIPEEE AND IM TALKING TO HIM NEXT WEEK!!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 10:37 PM
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The things i would think about are..

●are you gonna wanna take care of two horses.

●whos gonna keep them both exercised.

●do yo have time for them both since youre trainin the one.

●are you gonna wanna finish the trainin on the green horse if youve got a horse thats already broke to ride.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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The things i would think about are..

●are you gonna wanna take care of two horses.

●whos gonna keep them both exercised.

●do yo have time for them both since youre trainin the one.

●are you gonna wanna finish the trainin on the green horse if youve got a horse thats already broke to ride.
all answers are yes except me for the second question because i will be free ALL DAY EVERYDAY the whole summer and partial winter and i have every weekend (3 day weekends) during the school year,and after school everyday and if i ever need ANY help ill come here or ill ask my dad because he has been around horses his whole life and he has ridden bulls for about 17 years of his life so i dont think anything will scare him nor me haha :)
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 10:45 PM
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I think it's more the cost you should be worried about.

No Agistment/Boarding cost since they are at your house... but

Hay/Grain/Farrier/Vet costs.

Can you afford this for two horses?

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post #5 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 10:45 PM
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Here are some bads; if you plan on trail riding, if you have other horses, if you take one out alone it may be horse sour, meaning it won't want to go far from the other horses. I have a stud that will run the fence & call for the other horses when they leave, but the horses going out are fine.
One horse takes a lot of time, & two will take even more.
Remember, horses establish a pecking order, so one of them may be very dominant over the other. They'll probably be kicking, squealing, maybe some biting & rearing for the first few days.
If you have the time, go for two, but remember it comes with consequences.
Another option is buy & finish the green broke horse you are working on now, & just keep her. You two should have a really good bond going by the end of all the training & she'd probably be a best friend for life.
Maybe give owning one horse a few months, or however long it takes for you to get in the routine of feeding, working, riding, stalling, grooming, etc etc that comes along with owning a horse, then think about buying another one. :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-28-2013, 10:49 PM
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What prior experience do you have with horses? Especially since you are presumably getting a green horse. You also need to figure in all vet and farrier fees, including emergency expenses.
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What prior experience do you have with horses? Especially since you are presumably getting a green horse. You also need to figure in all vet and farrier fees, including emergency expenses.
Well i have years of experience but im only 13 and i have been the only one to ride her. She has NOT taken well to the bit and i kept using the bit for moths and it just doesnt work. But the hackamore!!! oh my gosh its like a dream turning her! she has bucked a few times but only because she got realllllly excited from the other horses getting out that one time but other than that, she hasnt bucked since ... and that was a little while ago because i got after her for that showing that bucking for fun is not acceptable and when i did that, she was WIDE EYED! she thought she could just push everyone around and get away with everything. Before i started working with her, she was only halter broke BARELY because she would always "lead" you and she would always run into me and so after about 4 months working with her only once a week for 4 hours, she can lunge like a dream, be ridden and saddled (but needs more work on the riding part haha) she can walk and trot under saddle when i tell her to only sometimes to i still have to work on riding ALOT! she can also stand on the crossties quietly now, she doesnt spook from anything, she stands for saddling very quietly, she will follow me around, and when i go out to get her in the pasture, i will say her name once, she will whinny, and come running to me and she waits for me to halter her!!! shes so good now!! and its soooooo weird because the very first trail ride was on a sunny day barely a month after i have worked with her, and only like the 10th or 11th time she has been saddled, and she acted FULLY TRAINED on the trails! alot of things came up like barking dogs and cows and a bunch of water and birds coming out of nowhere and all the horses freaked and she just was like ahhh omg omg omg!!! i dont care you other horses its not that scary -.- it was sooooo funny!!!
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Here are some bads; if you plan on trail riding, if you have other horses, if you take one out alone it may be horse sour, meaning it won't want to go far from the other horses. I have a stud that will run the fence & call for the other horses when they leave, but the horses going out are fine.
One horse takes a lot of time, & two will take even more.
Remember, horses establish a pecking order, so one of them may be very dominant over the other. They'll probably be kicking, squealing, maybe some biting & rearing for the first few days.
If you have the time, go for two, but remember it comes with consequences.
Another option is buy & finish the green broke horse you are working on now, & just keep her. You two should have a really good bond going by the end of all the training & she'd probably be a best friend for life.
Maybe give owning one horse a few months, or however long it takes for you to get in the routine of feeding, working, riding, stalling, grooming, etc etc that comes along with owning a horse, then think about buying another one. :)
i dont have any horses that me or my family owns and if i do go on a trail ride, im not allowed to go alone anyway so my dad or sis can ride the other horse :)
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Oh I can really feel how you want another horse. First thoughts... Time involved and expenses. Expenses are easily calculated, but then there are the unexpected ones that come up, so there needs to be allowance for them.
School is almost out and so you have time now, but when school becomes more demanding of your time in high school, will you still be there for your two horses? What if your future boyfriend isn't into horses? What are you going to do with the horses? Are you going to college or moving out after high school graduation? What will happen to them at that time?
I know I am a terrible party pooper devil's advocate, but please think of the future of the horses and their quality of life before you take on a second one.
Oh, and I do hope it works out for you!
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i dont have any horses that me or my family owns and if i do go on a trail ride, im not allowed to go alone anyway so my dad or sis can ride the other horse :)
Well that is good, I started off buying a pair of horses, & you will always take a "liking" to one over the other. You'll want to ride it more than the other, etc. Now I have seven horses, a foal, a donkey, & a shetland pony. You need to make sure that you have a decent amount set back for emergencies; like if one runs into a barb wire fence & has a big gash & needs stitching-- luckily, most vets will take payments, atleast the ones around me do, if the case is serious & you don't have the money to pay them then.
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