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post #11 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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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!
YOU ARE NOT A PARTY POOPER! I really never thought about that but during collage time after highschool, i will be going to a collage that is pretty much all about rodeo and horses :)
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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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.
Thats true and it will probably be the green horse because i have been with her for so long haha but i was thinking because while i break lexi, then i can teach my sister to ride on the broke one
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 11:49 AM
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I'm a list maker by nature so I'll make a list of pros and cons to think about.

Cons (I like to get the bad stuff out of the way first!):
Double the expenses for vet, farrier, bedding, feed and hay
More time and work involved
You need a larger emergency fund
Possibility of becoming herd bound
Finding a boarding situation when you go to college
Less time for non-horsey friends and guys/girls or whatever you're into
Less time for sports and other extra-curriculars
If you do get a rescue, they can come with extra problems, which take extra money and time to deal with

Pros:
You'll have a horse for a buddy or sister or whoever to ride with you, which is a lot more fun than riding alone
Keeping a horse alone can cause problems on its own, so two horses on the property is ideal for their mental health
While it's double the work, it can also be double the fun
Working with and riding more than one horse will help you become a better horseman
Depending on living arrangements, having an extra horse may not be all that much more work than having one, but it takes lots of planning
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a list maker by nature so I'll make a list of pros and cons to think about.

Cons (I like to get the bad stuff out of the way first!):
Double the expenses for vet, farrier, bedding, feed and hay
More time and work involved
You need a larger emergency fund
Possibility of becoming herd bound
Finding a boarding situation when you go to college
Less time for non-horsey friends and guys/girls or whatever you're into
Less time for sports and other extra-curriculars
If you do get a rescue, they can come with extra problems, which take extra money and time to deal with

Pros:
You'll have a horse for a buddy or sister or whoever to ride with you, which is a lot more fun than riding alone
Keeping a horse alone can cause problems on its own, so two horses on the property is ideal for their mental health
While it's double the work, it can also be double the fun
Working with and riding more than one horse will help you become a better horseman
Depending on living arrangements, having an extra horse may not be all that much more work than having one, but it takes lots of planning
Thank you so much that is very helpful i think i will just get the one for now, and see how that goes, then about halfway through summer, maybe think about another one depending on how it goes thanks everyone!
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