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post #11 of 13 Old 11-04-2015, 11:04 AM
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I got my first horse when I was eleven. He was very old and long past making any trouble. I kept him at a boarding stable but my later horses I kept at home. The 4-H leader lived across the road, and I spent hundreds of hours there helping out, watching her train, and learning from her. When I went away to school my younger sister rode the horses for another few years and then they were sold when she left home. Selling a horse isn't a disastrous outcome or a failure, it's just part of owning them.

I would say, if you are dying to have a horse of your own, go for it. IF:

1. you have a good mentor (your 4-H leader?) and a group of more experienced riders you can spend time with.
2. your parents are up for it (you will need to, at the very minimum, present them with a detailed budget of how much it will cost. Keeping horses at home can very expensive and is always laborious)
3. You are willing to learn, read, learn, read, constantly wonder and ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. You'll be facing a steep mountain of ignorance you will have to have a lot of determination to climb.

Your upfront cost for the horse itself is liable to be at least $3000 -- that is around the low end for a sound, trained horse with no obvious vices.
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post #12 of 13 Old 11-08-2015, 06:02 AM
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Buying the horse is the cheapest part, remember that there are things like the farrier, vet bills, worming, vaccinations, feed, tack, dental, and chiro to pay for as well. Owning horses can be very challenging, are you prepared to deal with things to go wrong as they very often do?
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-09-2015, 04:14 AM
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Sorry, but no. Personally I don't think you are. I would have loved to have my own horse after 4 months of riding, but the horses I was riding then is much different than the horse I ride now. Buying a horse is a huge purchase, so you want to make sure you're buying a horse that'll last you a few years. I've been riding for 10 years and I can honestly say that I would not want to own any of the horses that I rode in my first year of riding. They weren't bad horses or anything, but they were suited for beginner riders, not people who do 2'9" hunter/jumper courses (which is what I do now). Basically, if I'd bought a horse then I wouldn't be able to move up with it. Since you say you're a quick learner, I'm guessing you probably don't want to be stuck with a beginner's horse for a long time.

I think you need to spend a few more years learning how to ride, but also learning as much as you can about taking care of horses. It's a big responsibility, so you want to make sure it's really what you want.

What if you decide owning a horse or even riding in general isn't for you? People think it won't happen, but it still does. And imo, I don't think that's something you can determine with only four months of experience. If you can find an opportunity to full lease, I would recommend that. Most full leases don't require sharing a horse, and it's pretty much just one step below owning a horse. Sorry I kinda went off on a tangent in that first paragraph, but I'm hoping my point got across regardless.
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