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post #1 of 13 Old 11-03-2015, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Is it to early to get my own horse?

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?
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-03-2015, 11:32 PM
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The advantage of being at a barn is that there are always a lot of people around to help. Unless your parents are experienced horse people, you have to be aware that you can run into trouble and might only have us for advice on what to do about it.

When I was 14 I would have done anything to have my own horse. As an adult, looking back, I'm glad I didn't because life as I grew up would have eventually taken that horse from me when I went off to school and then got married. I'm very glad now that my "first" horse is one I know I can keep to the end of her life.

If you do consider your own horse, think through all the possibilities of your future and what that might mean for your horse. It is unfair to assume your parents will take up responsibility for that horse and just keep it in your stead if you should have to leave it to go off in this world and do great and glorious things. Have a plan.

In the meantime seeking out a different lease where less people are using a horse, where you feel like it is more of your own, but the horse still has its owner to fall back and care for it as you grow may be a viable and positive experience for you.

It all depends on your situation, how much your parents are willing to support, (Vets are expensive) and how dedicated you are to this lifestyle.

A horse at home should be a whole family endeavor.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-03-2015, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't really think about what would happen to the horse if I went to college. Thank you for the advice!!
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 01:09 AM
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Hey if u r worried about going for a new horse I was 14 when I leased my first horse maybe do that lease the horse see how it goes for 6mnths if it's working good then go look for ur own . :) I found it a lot better doing it that way I have now had my girl 6years and the experience I got from leasing really helped me with her
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 02:09 AM
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what your parents think about this idea matters more than what we think.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 06:19 AM
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My simple answer would be an emphatic NO!

So months is nothing in riding even if you are a quick learner and it is how you handle a horse that counts for behaviour when riding.

You might say something like I rode intermediate horses which is great but horses start to try things on, little things to start which can escalate into potential dangerous behaviour.

That and the fact that once you have your own horse lessons will probably stop.

As a child we all had to share ponies especially at shows. Didn't like it but sucked it up and learned a lot more for riding different horses.
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 07:26 AM
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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.
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 08:03 AM
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I highly recommend the book Fly By Night by K.M. Peyton. It is a wonderful story about a young girl who knows almost nothing about horses, whose parents know nothing. She has just enough money to buy an unbroken two year old. She wants everything so badly and tries so hard.
This could have been my story as well. I got my first horse at 12. It wasn't easy, but I joined 4 H and learned plenty very fast.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 09:22 AM
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I agree, I would say no. I got my first horse at 9 but found her myself and took my trainer to see her with me as well as my vet... But I also rode for 4 years weekly under a trainer before I got her... My parents didn't have the money nor the experience to take care of horses so I was on my own when it came to caring for her. I helped around the barn in order to get lessons on my horse and luckily we had property that hay and grain wasn't necessary until I started showing... Well one horse at 9 turned into two horses by 12 then 3 by 15 then 4 by 18, then life really struck me before college... I found the love of my life and ended up moving to Germany with him at 19... So all the horses had to find new forever homes and I felt horrible... Though 6 years later I know where every single one of them is and I know they're in good hands it was the hardest decision of my life... But I finally have another horse at my house and couldn't be happier.

Looking back I would've done It differently, though I was going to college for equine studies and I did get onto the riding team, so my horse was coming with me... You never know what will happen, life through a curves so personally looking at the finical struggle and stress it put on my parents I'd wait, at least until you figure out college... I'm not saying give up on riding but maybe you can do a full time lease closer to you or look into an off site lease with a trainer that will travel to your house weekly for lessons...

But like stated above its not really use you need to be asking it's your parents... This is just insight... Just think more than likely your parents will have to care for the horse while your gone with little experience or you'll have to sell a horse you put 3+ years you've spent connecting with.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 09:28 AM
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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!!
I agree with the others and would say, no. From reading your initial post, it only sounds like you have experience, and very limited at that, in RIDING horses. Horse care and ownership is a whole different can of worms that takes years to learn. Often times that is easier learned at a barn or boarding facility.
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