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post #11 of 16 Old 08-11-2015, 06:27 AM
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I would also like to add that just because you own a horse doesn't necessarily mean you will be able to ride 7 days a week you might find you are only riding 3-5 days a week or even less depending on school work and other factors. I agree with Beverly a 3 day half lease would be a good way to start!
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-11-2015, 10:23 AM
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In addition to all of the costs and expenses associated with horses, there is also the fact that you will be entirely responsible for your horse's training should you buy. Right now if the lesson horse you are riding needs a tune up, your instructor carries this responsibility. If you buy yourself a horse that isn't qualified for the level of your riding you might end up being stuck with dealing with a horse that is too much for you. If this is the case YOU have to be the decision maker. YOU decide if you are going to sell or trade, or pay to have someone more experienced come in to help straighten your horse out.

And yes, your current instructor will likely charge you a per-ride fee to tune up your own personal horse as well. Monthly training costs can be any where from $500+ and may not include board or other livery costs.
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-11-2015, 10:29 AM
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To convince your mom? You need to have a plan, one that includes how you'll help out in exchange for leasing a horse. Buying I think is too ambitious of a goal, as it is a huge expense. No one mentioned lessons or training costs, nor the fact that you'd have to pay transportation or purchase a truck and trailer, then manage the large gas or diesel bill that comes with it. ALL cost money.

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post #14 of 16 Old 08-11-2015, 11:16 AM
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IMO the way to go is to find somebody (older usually) that will mentor you and let you ride in exchange for help.

Unfortunately, in these day and age and depending on where one lives that's not always possible.

As a mom of 4 girls..... I would rather have them interested in horses than boys.... keeps them out of trouble ;)
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-12-2015, 12:27 AM
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IMO the way to go is to find somebody (older usually) that will mentor you and let you ride in exchange for help.

Unfortunately, in these day and age and depending on where one lives that's not always possible.

As a mom of 4 girls..... I would rather have them interested in horses than boys.... keeps them out of trouble ;)
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-14-2015, 01:32 PM
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Okay, So I'm in middle school and I have been riding for about 5 years and I want to buy a horse but my mom says it's "too expensive". So then I found out about leasing a horse and my mom said she "didn't think it was needed". So I ride english and I've been off and on a bit with horseback riding. I have never been in a show but I want to. Anyways, I was wondering what I should do to convince my mom to either let me buy or lease a horse? Also, which is better for me?
I completely understand the situation you are in now. Looking at the circumstances, it would be better if you leased a horse instead of buying one. I know you have heard this from a ton of people, but owning a horse is expensive! I would suggest leasing because it is cheaper. Also, I always think it is a good idea because it shows you how owning a horse would be like, and if you ended up not liking it, then you could just brake the lease. However if you found this out with a horse you bought, you would have to go through a lot to sell it. That is also something I hate to see, people buying a horse and realizing they don't like to take care of it or don't have the time or money. I definitely would suggest leasing a horse before buying! Here are some tips to show your parents you are responsible enough to lease a horse.
1) Do lots of chores at home and keep the house clean
2) Be responsible about doing school work and don't fall behind
3) Try to see if there is a job you could do to make some money and help your parents pay for the lease. (ex. Dog Walking, Lawn Mowing, etc...)
3) Make a PowerPoint or an IMovie to show them how much leasing a horse means to you.

Hope these helped! Good luck!
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