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post #1 of 12 Old 09-16-2014, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Am I ready to own my horse?

I am not really new to horses but not old either. We are moving to a property with 3 and a half acres. I am very dedicated to owning horses and IMO I think I am pretty ready. I am still currently doing lessons and I was thinking about having lessons on the horse I own, so someone comes out and gives me a lesson on my own schoolmaster. I understand colic laminitis ect.. I attended own a pony day so I know how to do everything as in tack, untack, groom etc. I own a few more pets so I know the time, money and effort it takes. I found the closest vets, farrier and dentist and I have written all the numbers down.

By 'am I ready to own my own horse' means sometime next year.

I am looking at a schoolmaster ATM great for beginners and I think that's the horse for me. He sounds great, I hope he's still availAble for when I am ready.

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-16-2014, 01:48 PM
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Personally to me "readiness" is a financial factor primarily, and a confidence and knowledge factor secondly.
If you're prepared for the initial financial burden of pre-purchase exam (often including x-rays), vaccinations, float, medications, supplements, farrier care, and all the equipment needed to care for a horse, plus a plan in case of emergency medical needs, you're off to a good start. (In my first year of ownership I had the vet out 3 times for scheduled appointments and 1 emergency visit for choke.)
I would also consider a good shelter a financial expense, because if you don't have one you'll need one built. Consider water too, if you can run the hose hookup from the house or if you'll need water at the barn.
After that it comes down to your knowledge and confidence around horses, and preparedness to discipline a horse that tests you, or enlist a trainer to help. Only you can decide when you've got that confidence.
Just my thoughts on "ready to own," I'm sure others will chime in with opinions too. Good luck, I'm excited for you! A new home and a new horse are so exciting!

Oh, also consider reading up on info on keeping horses on a small acerage. You might find helpful info about pasture rotation, composting waste, etc. Or you might already be well informed on the subject. ;)
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-17-2014, 08:23 AM
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Are you planning to board your horse? If not, 3.5 acres isn't a lot of land and you would need another horse (preferably) to keep it company since they are herd animals.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-17-2014, 09:24 AM
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I would reiterate that horses are herd animals they really don't do well on their own. I know you have considered the cost for one horse but I would highly suggest looking into the cost of a Mini horse or donkey as a companion animal. Also do you have an emergency fund set up? As many people will tell you the unthinkable can and dose happen. Before you look into getting a horse i would make sure i had at least 600-1000 put away for unseen medical experiences. I know it sounds like alot but it could really come in handy and you might be happy you have it someday. Also as a first time owner you might ask your instructor to look at the horse before you purchase. I have seen time and time again people going out and buying what they think is an awesome horse. The ride gose well and the purchase. Only a few weeks later to find some major issue with the horse or it is just to much or to green for them. Just a few things to chew over. Good Luck! I hope it works out and you can find your dream horse.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-17-2014, 10:10 AM
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Are you planning to board your horse? If not, 3.5 acres isn't a lot of land ...
Maybe if you are grazing, 3.5 acres is not much, but many people (including me) do not graze (my area does not even know what "grass" is, LOL). I have 2.5 and had 3 horses on it (now two since I lost my senior last year); it works great for me & my ponies. My former neighbor had 6 horses on her 2.5 acres. So just depends on how your feed and what your local ordinances/laws allow you to keep.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-17-2014, 11:14 AM
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If you have the money and the desire, you have all you need.
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-18-2014, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the answers guys. The last owners who lived on the property owned a horse and kept him down the back only on 1 acre, but to me it was plenty space to run and do all what they need (although I would probably expand) and yes, I know they are herd animals, I am already getting a Shettie so that's no problem, not to mention we have goats too. We are probably going to make two paddocks, one which will probably turn to sand lol and which they can eat hay and another which will be just fresh grass and will be bigger (this is what my friend had done). I don't know if it will be big enough? Or what else do you think is best?

Thanks so much! x
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-18-2014, 06:54 AM
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I board because
- my horse has a large herd to call his own
- there are multiple rings and trails available to me
- it's fun to go to the barn and be around all the other horse people
- someone else is feeding him and turning out
- I can call in and have him worked if I can't get on him
- he's being monitored 27/4, the vet will be out in a heartbeat if he needs it, all injuries or sicknesses are recognized and handled instantly
- It's only 400 a month for stall/daily turnout/all his food...

It just seems like it would be really cumbersome to have him live on my private property. I would miss out on so many perks, the indoor ring is amazing to have when it's pouring down rain, or I want to ride after dark.

I would reeaallly recommend looking around at boarding facilities around you. It just makes owning a horse so much more fun for me.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I can split the vet visit fee with other boarders when I need vaccines/floating, or if a specialist is being called out for someone else's horse anyway
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Just because you have 3.5 doesn't mean you have 3.5 acres of pasture space - you have the take into account the space that your house will sit on, driveway, etc. I'm not sure what the set up is.

Secondly, if you only have 2 pastures and you think one will just turn to sand, then you don't have another pasture to rotate to to keep the grass growing. Your pasture won't be all that large, unless you make your drylot smaller.

I think it is do-able, but not something I would personally want as a set up for my horses. We bought a 10 acre lot and sometimes I feel like it is too small! For me, personally, the most important things for my horses include space to graze and the grass for grazing. I just think 3.5 is a little small.

If you and you family do decide to keep your horse at home, just make sure you make the most of your space! :)

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-18-2014, 10:38 PM
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3 1/2 is small? ....LOL. I live in Southern Ca. Next to hardly anyone has anything close to that for their horses and yet we are horse mecca down here. Grazing? We are in one of the worst drought this state has seen in many years. You can't legally hose down your horse, yet alone irrigate acreage for private use.Yet somehow, the horses do just fine. Don't worry Pony Paradise, you'll deal with with the space you have and it sounds like you are a very contentious future owner. Good luck and enjoy!
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