Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Owning two horses? I can see this going so wrong so fast
This is kind of a vent thread to sort things out in my head but your opinions are also appreciated.
I have one horse, I have owned this particular horse since mid-March, I moved to my current barn a month before that. I would say I am an-almost-maybe experienced horse owner for my age. I am sixteen and have had my own horse since seven, I wouldn't say I am good enough to have my own horses on my own property but I feel I am a safe and knowledgeable owner in my barn full of horse people that can help me if there was ever an emergency. I also have an instructor for guidance and help. Alright enough back story.
Yesterday I was informed that my instructor was leaving. Leaving today. She can still instruct me but she is taking her horse to a new barn that has different rules. This would be fine, except my almost-sister* doesn't have her own horse and was using the instructor's horse in the lesson and would be able to use him whenever me and her wanted to ride together or go on a trail or play horse soccer or whatever. Now she can't.
My almost-sister* has been riding for a year and you can see in another thread I have on here she has been interested and half-looking for a horse for a while. Now that Joker is leaving she looked into part-boarding another horse at the barn but there aren't any available. So she wants to get a horse to continue with me. BUT she has no money and no job.
My dad decided to strike a deal with her because he loves her to the point where she is almost his favorite child. (not his child) He has offered to buy a horse and pay its boarding and she can part board it and pay a fraction of its boarding so I still have someone to ride with.
I have ALWAYS wanted a second horse, just for the convenience. I have a lot of people come out and ride with me and it is just so hard with one horse, also my mom loves riding and would love to do it with me but she doesn't want to steal my 'thing' so she won't touch my horse in fear of it bonding with her instead of me. SO a second horse in the family would be awesome.
I can just see sooooo many things going wrong though.... Like what if me and my almost-sister get into a massive fight and my parents still technically own her horse, or what if her family (history of money troubles) decides one day that the part boarding fee is too much and we suddenly have to pay the full boarding for two horses (My family isn't exactly poor and could still comfortably handle that, it would just be inconvenient) Or what if she gets a horse she can't control or gets fed up with (of course she still has help from everyone in the barn and our instructor for help with that) or she gets a horse that beginners can't handle. Then I would be in the same position of having only one horse for my friends to ride. We are going to college in two years what is my mom going to do with two horses by herself then?
She plans to buy the horse off of us as soon as she has a job or gets out of high school, and she is going to post-secondary school for a career with horses. Take a cookie if you read all of that. opinions welcome.
*almost-sister - best friend, we almost adopted her last summer (like we had the papers but her mom backed out at the last minute) she spends her entire life with horses but we are her only connection to them so she spends all her time with us. She has a room in our house and has lived with us for months at a time.
Last edited by 5Bijou5; 05-31-2013 at 09:37 PM.
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