I'm new to the forum and I basically signed up to ask this question and get others opinions on it. So I'm 14 and I've been riding for about 6 months at a small barn. I do 4h right now and I've been leasing one of their horses for about 2 months.
My riding instructor/trainer said i was a quick learner and the horse i'm leasing is for intermediate riders. I'm a little fed up with the barn to be honest 4h is fun but I hate sharing my horse. I don't think I like leasing and I don't get along with the horses owner or the horse. I hate having to ask before I go to the barn and ride and I'm so frustrated because now I can only ride on Thursdays due to not having a ride to the barn (it's 30 min away)
Now, my family has enough money for me to own a horse and the people who used to own our house had three horses. There is a huge paddock and a 3 sided shelter. My question is do you think it's okay with my amount of experience to buy my own horse and keep it at my house?
If you read this whole thing thank you!!
No it is not, I am sorry.
It sounds as if there is no adult horse-experienced person in your immediate household, so no.
It is one thing to be 14, want a horse at home and have at least one parent with a good horse background but, when there is no adult with any experience, it is a recipe for disaster.
There is more to owning a horse than riding. You have to be able to quickly recognize when the horse is sick or injured, instead of not knowing and pretty soon the horse is really sick and the vet bills costly.
Also, there is the matter of buying hay, the right feed to keep the horse in shape, cleaning the barn.
"Your parents finally have enough money to buy you a horse". I'm sorry no they don't. YOU earn the money, therefore the right to have a horse. You say your parents bought a place where there used to be horses. Sounds to me like there is plenty of opportunity for you to show your intent and work off some of money for the privilege of owning a horse.
I bought and paid for my first horse when I was 12. My parents had minimal horse experience but, I had a grandfather who lived his life on a horse, so I had a phenomenal leg up on horsemanship.
IF you want ALL of the responsibilities of owning a horse on your own property bad enough, you will figure it out and you will do it by showing your parents you are willing to work hard and help pay for the horse and its upkeep; all the while keeping your grades up at school.