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post #21 of 35 Old 01-06-2015, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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I would have a higher saddle budget. Finding a saddle that fits can be hard and expensive. A second hand saddle is great but there is no guarantee that there will be one in that price range that fits. In addition to purchase costs you likely will need a saddle fitter out.

Also, for your one off costs, if you're buying you may want to consider a vet check and to pay your instructor to come look at the horse. If you're leasing you may want to get some form of insurance for the horse.

Double check your board costs too. 25 a week for full care doesn't add up.
I will be adding in the cost of a saddle fitter. Luckily 90% of the saddles sold in my area fit in my price range and they are a wide variety of brands, models and sizes so I should not have any problem finding one that fits.

In terms of board costs, I noted that it may be up to 75 a week, though it is more likely to be 50. However, I will be offering the horse as a lesson horse if they are suitable so this will reduce the cost and also allow the horse to be worked when I'm not available.
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post #22 of 35 Old 01-06-2015, 10:25 PM
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The board seems a little cheap to me but I noticed you added in cost to feed hay, so I'm assuming where you would board that you would have to supply your own hay? You have put so much effort into figuring out those costs and I think that at the very least your parents will be impressed that you took the time to figure up how much it will cost. When I asked my dad if I could get my pony I put a video together (my mom had filmed me on the two test rides I took that he didn't even know about yet, haha!) As someone else mentioned, be sure to consider the cost of an emergency vet visit!



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post #23 of 35 Old 01-06-2015, 10:58 PM
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I think your saddle budget is fair. I just bought a used (not great, not horrible) dressage saddle with irons/leathers/girth/shipping included for $225. Not to say that that'll happen every day, but I think you could get a fair quality used saddle for that price. (Also not sure if you're english or western, which makes a difference , but $50 is quite a bit for even a new english saddle pad. I have a couple brand new ones that cost $25 each and are fantastic quality. That said, it would do to have a couple of them anyway, so the budget seems fair in that regard.)

I think your list is very well prepared and detailed. I think you have some things here that you may or may not need right away (fly mask, blanket). I didn't have them when I bought my mare and have not needed either, yet. Nice to include on the list though, because they are good things to have when you do need them. Towels you can get second hand for $2 each.... Face brush, not really a necessity, I have one and NEVER use it.

I think the board is a little on the low side, depending on your location. But you also included hay costs, so that could be why. You might have to go up in price a little on board as you will need full-care board (feeding, turn out, etc) since you don't have a reliable way there every day to be able to go for self-care board options. I assume the farrier costs are accounting for possibly needing shoes? If you can,(and if you wind up getting a horse), try your best to find a horse that doesn't need them, and that cost will come down. I pay $40 for a trim and don't need shoes. (But farrier costs also vary from place to place.)

Worming costs are high imo. The most often I've seen people worm around here is every 3 months, and we do it for our horses more like 2-3 times a year because that's all they need based on testing/etc. (But getting fecal tests done to check for worms a couple times a year will help you figure out what kind of schedule you need. Chat with a vet about it when the time comes.)

Whew, that wound up long. I guess my heart bleeds for you, lol! I admire your dedication and for what it's worth, I do hope something works out for you.

PS: If you can find a way to the barn/a barn, see if they're looking for volunteer help or something along those lines. I know people who get a lease in exchange for barn work, or who get their board cheaper because of it.

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post #24 of 35 Old 01-07-2015, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for the advice.
I will be posting an update hopefully next Tuesday/Wednesday because my trainer may speak to my parents again on Saturday when I have my lesson. Still working on my Powerpoint and video, I've put about 30 hours of work into them so far.
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post #25 of 35 Old 01-07-2015, 07:57 PM
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Hi Turkishdelight ...

Did I read in a previous post you are in Australia? sorry if this was not you .. I may have someone else mixed up :)
But if you are, I am also and can help you with the cost of things if you like?... and may be able to help you with gear (tack) :)
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post #26 of 35 Old 01-07-2015, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Turkishdelight ...

Did I read in a previous post you are in Australia? sorry if this was not you .. I may have someone else mixed up :)
But if you are, I am also and can help you with the cost of things if you like?... and may be able to help you with gear (tack) :)
Yes, I am located in Queensland
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post #27 of 35 Old 01-11-2015, 02:46 AM
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awesome :) I am in Armidale atm, we are moving to QLD in the next couple of weeks.... where bouts are you? you can email me if you like... [email protected] I have so much gear ... way too much ... Im sure I can help you out with some :)
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post #28 of 35 Old 01-13-2015, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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I will be updating this post in about an hour or two :)
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post #29 of 35 Old 01-13-2015, 07:55 AM
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Something else to think of, depending on your experience riding, if you can get a cheap horse and then put enough training on it to significantly increase its value before you have to go off to college, you could sell it and maybe break even?
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post #30 of 35 Old 01-15-2015, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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After the 40+ hours I put into my 28 slide presentation, the 20+ hours I put into creating a video, my research for the last 8 months and the last 6 years of dedication I have shown the answer was no. I will not be allowed to buy, lease or take extra lessons either (with or without a job of my own).

My lessons may also be stopped because of my apparent obsession.

I think I'm taking a break for a while. I physically cannot express the disappointment I am feeling right now and despite my understanding that I am in no way entitled to a horse I will be disappointed for a long time. Thank you to everyone who has helped me but there is no hope. Good luck to anyone in a similar situation.
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