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post #21 of 25 Old 10-05-2010, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Something like needing shoes isn't a huge cost. My current horse needs shoes and it's the least of my concerns with him. If I had a horse who suddenly needed shoes or something to that nature, I could cut back elsewhere.
I'm talking about big things, or large combinations of things as with my current horse. One or two average problems that pop up aren't concerning to me.
Again, half the people I know are in very similar situations.

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post #22 of 25 Old 10-05-2010, 11:51 PM
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When I posted, I wasn't saying that you can't have a horse on a budget. You can. I live on a budget. I have a job though, so I know how much money I bring in each week. I have also been living at my current address for a pretty long time, so I know how much it costs me to live here. You don't know how much you will be making nor do you know how much it will cost you to live when you get moved. I wouldn't just get a horse and hope for the best.

Take riding lessons or do a short-term lease on a horse until you can get moved out and a steady income. You can still have a lot of fun and get to ride, but you won't have the added stress and financial responsibility.

You have new and exciting plans ahead...focus on those.
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post #23 of 25 Old 10-06-2010, 08:01 AM
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If you don't have a steady income then the first order of business (in my opinion) would be to find a job. Even if its just a part time, that's still something. Just make sure its consistent though, lol.

I work two part time jobs both pay very well. However one is very inconsistent sometimes they have work lately they haven't. Definitely not something rely on in terms of paying the bills. The other job I have is very good but its only a temp job since I still go to college( if it weren't for my awkward class schedule I'd be working there full time.) However there is a possibility of me getting an offer here, but its not official. Anyway rambling here, the point is I know what I take home every pay period and with that knowledge I budget.

Alex S is right though only you would know, every situation is different. The main point right now is that you need some income coming in before even thinking about moving out. I don't know much about owning a horse but I know one thing they are expensive.

Get a pen and paper and start budgeting your current costs.

I also live with my parents but I still budget , even though I don't have much in terms of bills other than the "basics" it still adds up. Even though my life consists of school, work, study, and sleep lol.
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post #24 of 25 Old 10-06-2010, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by sandy2u1 View Post
Take riding lessons or do a short-term lease on a horse until you can get moved out and a steady income. You can still have a lot of fun and get to ride, but you won't have the added stress and financial responsibility.
Best idea yet. Lease! Most leases can be month to month. If you have unexpected car repairs, you can talk to the horse owner and explain instead of getting behind on board.
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post #25 of 25 Old 10-06-2010, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by rocky pony View Post
And thanks a ton! It's very exciting, after five years of being five hours apart...she moved closer for school, about an hour away, but pretty quickly I realized that just wasn't going to be close enough, haha..already I feel like I spend more time there than I do here...but the gas back and forth is getting to be pretty pricey!

Seriously that will be minor compared to living expenses. I would agree you need to get settled and save $300-$500 a month for a few months to see if it will work. Take from an ole man, make it work with your budget now, or it will only get harder later.
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