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post #1 of 5 Old 02-19-2019, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, looking for some advice.

December last year I gave my horse to a charity as she was ill and required a very expensive operation which I could not afford, and I was/still am very much heartbroken. I took a break from riding until February this year as I was feeling discouraged from riding and just wanted some time off. I had a couple of lessons this month however the riding schools in my area are not ideal as some are quite far (I don't have transport) and I have not had good experiences with them. I'm keeping an eye out for horses to loan but none are appearing to be suitable. I'm at a loss of what to do as I really want to carry on riding and I'm worried that the longer break I take, the less I will remember when I ride again. I'm looking to buy a horse again possibly later this year (Oct/Nov time) when my mum buys a car but I'm worried I will have forgotten everything by then and I will not be a good enough rider
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What kind of advice were you looking for, exactly?

You don't mention your age, but I can imagine two scenarios:

- You are a minor, in which case you don't buy a horse as you cannot own property, and your legal guardians will be responsible for the horse's care. It does not sound as though your family is living on Easy Street, if you get my drift.

- You are an adult, in which case it sounds like you cannot afford your own transportation, so your ability to fulfill your responsibilities to the horse is very much in doubt. Or is the plan that this horse, too, will go to - uhm - "charity" once a vet bill hits?

My advice: But your life on a solid economic foundation that can support an expensive hobby which, unlike a sports car, comes with ethical considerations.
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Post on the trail riding groups on Facebook. You may also be able to muck for riding time.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-26-2019, 07:22 AM
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Riding horses is very similar to the concept of bicycle riding....you never truly forget.
You get rusty, then once presented again your abilities sharpen again with use.


For now, you need to make some choices of enjoy what is available or do without till you find your own horse again.
Now that you found out horse-ownership can be more than inexpensive a hobby, prepare for it now...
Start building that fund for unknown medical bills...
Start putting away monthly the money to pay board again..
Soon a nice nestegg will be had to keep safely in the bank, yes saved in the bank for the emergent expense so next time you not have to sell or give away your horse.
Horses are not cheap...no part of cheap is included with the sport of horses...
Good luck with your endeavor.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-26-2019, 07:51 AM
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As others have said, part of horse ownership is being ready for illnesses, and the financial burden it can bring. I don't think it would be wise for you to buy another horse at this time.

Can you find someone in your area who would let you ride their horses in exchange for barn chores? If not, you should continue to take lessons whenever you can. If getting there is a problem, get creative, find rides there with others who are riding there, etc. Post on social media that you would like to help out at a barn in exchange for riding. Hang up posters in local tack shops.

Unfortunately, it does not seem like you're in a position to be financially stable, and as you've discovered, it is a bad idea to get a cheap or free horse with the idea of saving money. Best to focus on taking lessons and helping out someone who has horses for the time being.

Good luck! And while you look for a place to ride, you can learn a lot in here!
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