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post #1 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Should We Get a Horse?

We recently purchased a home on 10+ acres, with two barn stalls and a large washing area attached to the garage. The stalls walk out to a large fenced in pasture. Previous owners have had up to 4 horses at one time (which I personally think is too many).

I have been wanting to get a horse since we moved in, but due to the weather (we closed on the house in December), it has been on hold due to us wanting to get everything cleaned up. They left us most of the tools, and even some food and material that we would need.

I have a one year old daugter, and two large dogs, which I think is important to mention.

I have volunteered at farms before, and done some light riding, but not in some time. My husband grew up with animals, and knows basic stuff, but I would be the one providing the majority of the care.

Knowing how inexperienced I am with riding, and our situation, do you think it is a good idea to get a horse?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 01:18 PM
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Why not try leasing a horse at first? Do lots of research
horses are not cheap even if you have the space

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 01:21 PM
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I would suggest finding a good trainer in your area and taking riding lessons and maybe learn more about horse care. In the meantime, research as much as you can. There are a lot of aspects of care you'll need to consider and be knowledgeable about. Consider the implications of keeping a horse/horses on your property. Horse ownership involves a significant investment of time, money and other resources. It's not something anyone should rush into, but if one if well-prepared, it can be a very fulfilling experience. Best of luck!

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post #4 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 01:27 PM
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I would not rush into getting a horse just yet.

I would suggest taking riding lessons and asking millions of questions while out on trail rides with an instructor to learn as much as you can about horses and caring for them before trying to learn on the go.

I say that because we see all to often where someone has land suitable for a ,but lack the knowledge of stamina for the long haul when things don't go well.. Say you have a string of bad luck with sickness and the vet bill runs way up, will you still be invested or is that when the towel gets thrown in?

These are things you will have to come to terms with before bringing a horse home.
Good luck and God Speed...

The positive is that if you do have the commitment then it can be so very rewarding when they lay their head over your shoulder to see what you are doing or nudging you to the barn to get the saddle so you can go for tour of the local trails,side roads or even just a few laps around the pasture.

Seeing all their funny facial expressions through the window of the house because you still like looking at them when you aren't with them. Experiencing the trust they have in you to take care of them and lead them safely wherever you go together.
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 01:29 PM
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I'd advise against it. It's incredibly easy to run into trouble when you're new to horses and on your own. I think it would be a good idea to take lessons and get some experience first - you may find that you don't even like all the work involved.

If you really want some animals at home, maybe some goats or something would work? Or even minis if you can find a good mentor.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 03:16 PM
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Lots of good advice here.

I would say don't get a horse yet, but make it a medium term goal.

Do take lessons, and do take horsemanship and stable management lessons along with riding lessons so you get very comforatable handling horses on the ground and daily stable routines.

Leasing is a wonderful way to experiment with ownership without the long term committment. It might be possible for you to lease a horse for several months at the barn where you're leasing, and then take the horse home for an off premises lease for a few months, that would be a great way to ease into it.

Your set up sounds WONDERFUL. Another idea would be for you to lease your barn and paddock for a short period of time to another horseperson to do self care board and teach you horse management. You'll get the experience of having the horses at home, a great learning opportunity, but again, no long term committment.
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 03:26 PM
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If you're willing to make the commitment in time, effort, and learning, go for it. If you're not quite sure, leasing is an option.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 12:48 AM
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If you aren't sure about doing an in-barn lease, maybe try another option. I personally don't think you should just go ahead and lease a horse. It is more or less the same responsibility as owning a horse, and you'd be in charge of it's care for whatever the lease says (full lease, partial lease). If you aren't sure what you are doing yet, then I don't think you'd be able to care for a leased horse any better than you would your own horse. I think it is great that you want to get back into horses and learn as much as you can.

I would do one of two things: I would consider finding a local barn and learning more about horse care and riding. Depending on your past experience and how long it's been since you've been around horses, then possibly just take lessons for a few months. You want to make sure you can provide excellent care for the horses. Or, option two, why not advertise your land as a boarding option? Obviously, there is alot to consider with that option: liability, having other people come to your home to look after the horses, etc. But it might also be a really good way to learn about horses. I have 3x in my lifetime boarded my horses on private, home owned "barns" that only had a few horses, and in some ways I enjoyed the experience way more than a true riding facility. It is something to consider, esp if you plan on owning your own horse within a year or so. You'll need at least two horses.
I'm not saying you should def go that route, as, like I said, there is alot to consider. But it would get you back into horses at home and you could make some money on the side. It is just food for thought. There is also just riding in some lessons as frequently as you can afford/desire. (doesn't have to be once a week).

Just some ideas.

But all in all, I agree right now isn't a good idea to buy a horse. Not yet, anyway. Congrats on your new home tho! You are very lucky!

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post #9 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 12:54 AM
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I wouldn't get your own horse right now, All the responsibility for the care of that horse is on your shoulders, and I don't think you know enough right now.

I am 37, I've had a horse since I was 11. I've never personally (ie, my own horse) dealt with choke, colic, and a bunch of other illnesses, however I would recognize them. I've been very lucky.

I personally don't think you should own a horse, on your own property unless you can recognize major health concerns. If you were boarding, then you could rely on the barn manager to see the signs. If the horse is at your place, it's 100% on you.

The problem is that we don't know what we don't know. Of course we are all always learning, but I think you would do better to know the basics before bringing a horse home.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 01:11 AM
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Lots of good advice here
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