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post #1 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Help I'm not sure what to do!

My parents agreed that I am ready for a horse and they are willing to buy me one. I know I'm ready but I'm really worried about cost, exercise etc etc. I really want a horse but I'm worried about finding the right horse and if I do get one I'm going to keep it at my local stables. I do have time for a horse but the cost and if I find the right horse is really bothering me.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 07:25 AM
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Firstly, you get a cookie. Most people jump into getting a horse without considering any of that.

Secondly, I have to wonder then if you really ARE ready. You need to be at the very least 95% positive that you can handle everything that owning a horse entails.

But no matter what, take your time. If your parents have decided that you can get a horse, I doubt they'll change their mind any time soon. Relax, and take the time to find the right horse. If possible, try and find a lease first. It's a great way to ease into having a horse, and get used to having very little money in your pocket!
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 07:36 AM
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Well, your parents are putting up the money for the horse, maybe the board, also? Have you been taking lessons? do you have any tack yet? Do your parents' know what that might cost? Are they buying that also? Do you have to keep your grades up to a certain level in exchange for getting the horse? When I am looking for a horse, the final decision is hard to make, as I keep them for a long time-one horse I had for 17 years and I still miss her & that was about 10 years ago. I am really liking my new horse, though-we are a great match.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 01:38 PM
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Good on you for thinking about the cost and responsibilities of owning a horse! If you dont feel right about it now, then maybe it isn't the right time. I had the same apprehensive feeling at one point, so what I did is I found someone to own my horse with me, and we split all the costs and basically my first horse was my "half horse" haha! It worked out very well. Best of luck with your decision

Could you take a look at mine? https://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk...-horse-301937/
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 02:21 PM
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Finding the right horse - take your time. When you find one that interests you, take another person with your for their input and if you can take him/her on a sell-back option within a certain number of days. Or take him/her on a lease with option to purchase in "x" days/weeks/months.

Costs - everyone has different costs depending on their lifestyle/barn/environment/disciplines. I keep my horse for less than $1500 a year, but I don't have to pay board, do my own farrier work, don't show and trailer very little. Other people will likely spend 3, 4, 5x that amount or far more if they are showing competitively.

Exercise - again depends on what you want to do, how much turn out is available and also depends on the horse. I can go 4 weeks without riding and then head out and my horse is fine. Other people notice a change if they miss a day or two.

How much hands on experience do you have with horses? Will you have to care for the horse all by yourself or will you be boarding?

There is a lot to consider, so just take your time. Don't rush into it and don't buy a horse on a whim or a heartbeat.

Good luck!
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