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post #1 of 14 Old 06-30-2015, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Am I ready to own a horse?

If you look at my last post, I mentioned mY riding progress. I am starting to canter a little and my instructor is VERY ready for me to get a Hunter Jumper. I can't jump, but I've grown up around horses for the most part and I think I'm ready for the responsibility. I'm more comfortable on taller horses and I'm 14 and 4'11". Do you think I'm ready to own a horse?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-02-2015, 06:20 PM
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If you don't jump, be very careful about getting a hunter jumper. If you're still learning how to jump, ask about a lease first.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-02-2015, 06:31 PM
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I'd suggest you wait until you are able to canter and jump confidently - sometimes the better horses for competition aren't as 'beginner friendly' as you need one to be
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-02-2015, 09:25 PM
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I'd suggest you wait until you are able to canter and jump confidently - sometimes the better horses for competition aren't as 'beginner friendly' as you need one to be
I agree with Jaydee and the others. There is still a lot you can learn by continuing lessons and riding different horses. You might consider leasing a horse now and moving up to a more advanced horse when you are ready.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-02-2015, 10:18 PM
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I agree with ^^.

Have a look at some Alrounders and see if any suit you.

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post #6 of 14 Old 07-02-2015, 11:03 PM
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I'd wait. Consider a lease, and then in the future after you're solid on your flatwork and confident O/F (if that's what you plan to pursue), then at that point look for a good all-rounder - I say all-rounder because your flatwork is not yet solid and you are not yet started on fences - you may decide that's not what you want to do, or you may spend a few seasons in the hunter ring and decide you want to move on to the eq or jumper rings. So unless you plan to sell said horse possibly within a year-two of owning in order to buy something more suited for other rings - buy an all-rounder.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-03-2015, 10:23 AM
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Make sure you enjoy jumping and get an honest evaluation of your skills then go with the horse that suits. Starting out my opinion would be something all round. Even if you decide you don't like to jump or want to jump learning how to take a jump is a very useful thing and can save you from a fall in an unexpected situation.
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-03-2015, 01:07 PM
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If you are 14, the question is whether or not your parents are ready for the added responsibility. Will they let you purchase a horse?

In my opinion, there is absolutely nothing wrong with trying out a couple of hunter jumpers with your instructor present to evaluate your skills and the horse's training. Not all jumpers are hot, strong, or disobedient. The only way you will be able to tell without succumbing to generalizations is to try out the horse. I've ridden a few eventing TBs and haven't had any issues with them and didn't think twice before getting on them.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-03-2015, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah all of these are worries of mone as well. I'm talking to her about leasing, so we will see how that plays out. Thanks for the help and answers!
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-03-2015, 05:55 PM
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I suggest an experienced horse good for starters so you can get the gist of the responsibilities it takes to own :)
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