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post #1 of 4 Old 06-12-2013, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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When do you think is the right time to get your first horse?

When do you think is the right time or age for a rider to purchase their first horse. Ideal skill level? Leasing instead? What do you think?
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-12-2013, 10:59 AM
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I don't think age really has anything to do with it- it's more about experience and skill (and of course, the financial ability to support a horse!) Clearly, anyone who's still living with/supported by their parents has to get their buy-in as well.

I think you should be to the point where you're capable of identifying and correcting bad behavior on the ground and improving the horse with each ride under saddle before purchasing a horse. Horses can be very good at pushing the boundaries to see where they are, and too often inexperienced riders let the horse get away with small bad behaviors because it's cute and then find themselves with a horse that doesn't respect them. This can be a potentially dangerous situation. Under saddle, I'm definitely of the opinion that every rider is a trainer. Absolute beginners just don't know how or what to do to develop a horse to be better. But eventually they start to build that knowledge and learn to push the horse to do more difficult things, respond promptly to their cues, etc.

Leasing is a great idea for easing into horse ownership. I half leased several horses while I was learning, but before I bought I did a full lease as kind of a "trial run" to buying a horse. I leased the horse in from off-site and moved him to my barn, was responsible for scheduling the vet and farrier, caring for him when he got an abscess, etc. I really did know after that what I was getting into after that, and I had ridden enough horses to know what I was looking for in my horse.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-12-2013, 06:45 PM
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For me, it was when the thought of getting on a safe school horse bored me to tears. I did leases instead for a few years and gradually became more of a trainer than a rider. Once I simply wanted complete control over the type of riding I wanted to do, it was time to get my own horse.

As for skill level, I would say, if you still need someone on the ground all the time to tell you what to do, you're not ready to own yet.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-12-2013, 07:43 PM
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I dont think it is an age thing. Got my first horse at 52. Sounds to me like the OP is young, and wants to work on getting her parents to buy her a horse. If that is the case, I think it is more of a maturity issue.
I know a lot of folks recommend leasing. I did very briefly but except for giving me a quick refresher course on tacking up and riding ( it had been quite a while!) I cant say I enjoyed leasing. I do love owning my boy- to me it is a whole different feeling. If your main goal is to take lessons, by all means lease. If you want to be able to pack your horse up and go camping, or riding with friends, owning is the way to go.
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