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post #11 of 17 Old 06-28-2015, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Have to agree. Just from your post you don't seem to know.

You really think you will take care of your horse when you are at college?

Honestly you don't even know if you will stay interested (things DO happen, been there).

Your parents have very valid concerns. I was lucky enough to get my first horse at your age BUT my mother had plenty of experience and took care of everything.

You really need more experience first. Agree to do "more" lessons just don't cut it.
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-28-2015, 07:58 PM
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I appreciate how open you are to suggestions that may not be that easy to hear :)

That counts for something. I just know how much I know now and that when "I" (my mother) got our first horses I knew pretty much nothing and was lucky to have a support group.
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-28-2015, 08:33 PM
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My advice to you would be to take more lessons, and gain more experience on equine knowledge, the biggest mistake young teens make is buying a horse, and knowing nothing about it. I also think leasing would be a great idea because it gives you a feel towards what owning a horse would be like, Horses take a lot of care and TIME, and if you don't have the time or don't know a lot about horses, its a waste.
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-28-2015, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate how open you are to suggestions that may not be that easy to hear :)

That counts for something. I just know how much I know now and that when "I" (my mother) got our first horses I knew pretty much nothing and was lucky to have a support group.
Yeah I'm trying to be open minded because I don't want to put myself or a horse in a bad position!
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My advice to you would be to take more lessons, and gain more experience on equine knowledge, the biggest mistake young teens make is buying a horse, and knowing nothing about it. I also think leasing would be a great idea because it gives you a feel towards what owning a horse would be like, Horses take a lot of care and TIME, and if you don't have the time or don't know a lot about horses, its a waste.
I'll definitely take that into consideration! I am actually pretty busy so I'd have to work out my schedule! Thanks!
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-28-2015, 11:38 PM
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1 year isn't very much time. There is so many concerns you need to know about owning a horse. Especially if the horse will be living with you. So i would slow down on the thought of owning a horse. Especially if you have 5 years left of school. And the possibly of losing interest in riding is pretty high. But leasing a horse or even going to a camp would help loads!
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-28-2015, 11:58 PM
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No, sorry, but I don't think you're quite ready yet. A year is really not a long time to really gain that much experience. I've been riding for 10 years and I'm still learning things about keeping a horse.

Horses are super expensive so when you buy one you want to make sure you'll be able to keep it for a long time. A horse that is good for your skill level now may not be right for your skill level in a few years down the road. I would have loved to have bought my favourite lesson pony, but he is really not suitable for what I am doing now.

Leasing is a pretty good option, as some people have mentioned. See if you can start with a half lease, and if things are going well maybe you can move up to a full lease.
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