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post #11 of 16 Old 02-03-2010, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by justsambam08 View Post
Unless you plan on showing every weekend, I would recommend just renting a trailer.
What do you do in an emergency situation if you have to trailer your horse somewhere and you don't own a trailer?

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All horse people are crazy, but some of us are higher functioning than others.
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-03-2010, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by AlmostThere View Post
What do you do in an emergency situation if you have to trailer your horse somewhere and you don't own a trailer?
All of the vets I know have emergency services that come out to you. The surgical center in my area provides trailering if you need to bring your horse in for surgery, which would be the only case where I would need to trailer my horse somewhere in an emergency. But thats in my area.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-04-2010, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions.
As for my uncle's ranch, my main plan was to only keep a horse there during the summer, where I could stay with my uncle.
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-06-2010, 01:38 AM
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Have you thought about leasing a horse? Or a lease to own and then make payments on it. That way you will know for sure you want the horse and know what your getting into.

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post #15 of 16 Old 02-06-2010, 06:08 AM
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As travlinggypsy suggested above, leasing a horse is an excellent way to start. My original plan was to lease a horse before I purchased one, but a few things happened and I ended up with Chinga. Who spent around a month at his old owners place, before I brought him home as I couldn't find agistment/board. For most people this could be a serious problem and ending up having no where to home your horse, but for me it was a whole lot easier because I was friends with his old owners. There are many costs with owning a horse, the best thing and truest thing I've ever been told about horses is that "The horse IS the cheapest part". There are many things you need to think about when buying horses, if its buying your first horse or adding another horse to the family. Horses need food, vet care, farrier care, their teeth done and that is just to name a few things. Vet care is not cheap and in emargancy you could have a $6 000 vet bill! I am sure many members on here have horror stories :) I know owning a horse is exciting and looking around at horse is to, but please remember not to choose a horse by its looks or how much advanced riding its done, that does not nessisarly mean that a beginner/intermeiate rider should/can ride it. I really do reccomend taking a friend or trainer - if its possible, with you and my last bit I would like to add is good luck. You have had some excellent advice by other memebers.

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post #16 of 16 Old 02-06-2010, 10:41 AM
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Just like Chingaz, I was just going to lease a horse for a while and see if I wanted to buy one. I was at a point where 1 lesson a week wasn't cutting it for me anymore. I wanted to ride a few more times. So I tried to lease a horse...and, well, Horse People are CRAZY!!!

At my barn, where I still take lessons, are people who wanted to lease their horses. But the demands that they put on me, were unbelievable. Forget that! I am not saying that everyone who leases their horse is out of their mind crazy, but some are.

Surprisingly, my trainer just jokingly said, "Why don't you just buy a horse?" I looked at her and said I can't afford that. She decided to give me a run down of all of the prices for a horse. She did remind me that buying the horse is the cheapest part.

Field board where I live is $275 a month. Full care stalling is $350-$400 a month. This includes twice a day feeding with grain, free-choice hay, and unlimited grass when it is in season. Farrier is $65-$70 for front shoes only, every 6-7 weeks in the winter, and sometimes every 4-5 weeks in the summer. Timmy wears front shoes only and gets a trim in the back. Worming every other month, $10. Dentist once a year, $65. Vaccinations, about $100. All of my equipment, ( saddle, saddle pads, girth, med-weight and light-weight blankets, fly masks, fly spray, halters, lead ropes, grooming supplies, helmet, bit, polos, plus immediate emergency vet supplies, $1500-$2000. That is on the cheaper side. I got a lot of things on sale and at clearance prices. My trainer gave me a bridle, which if you get a good one can be $200. These are the immediate costs that I have occur in just the first 6 months. I have, thankfully, *knock on wood* not had any emergency vet needs, which I know can get rather expensive.

So, it is never truer than the saying, "The horse is the cheapest part." Timmy is a 4 year old Appendix gelding, 15.3 and still growing Chestnut horse. He is an easy keeper. I bought him in July and he was going for $3500. I got him down to $2650. I had him for trial for about 2 weeks, just to make sure that I liked him. I know that many people buy the first horse they try and make a grave mistake. I was very lucky and had a great trainer, who picked out a perfect match for me. He was the first horse I looked at, and I feel in love with him and wouldn't have chosen any other horse.

Just be careful, if you do buy, horses are a lot of work and are a lifetime commitment. But I love every second of it and wouldn't change it for the world.

Sorry for the book, but I just want you to be sure before you make any decisions.
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