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post #11 of 39 Old 06-08-2016, 06:56 PM
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You could still take lessons! If you find the right barn that is busy with other people your age, you'd probably like that very much. Also, that may lead to a partial lease situation which you could afford.
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It depends on where you live and the situation/horse.

I spend less than $100 a week on my horse.

For this to be affordable for me I do self care on full turnout, as well as buying a horse that needs little feeding, and has good, trimmed feet. Other horses in similar situations have cost me more.

When people say you can't afford it rather than talking about the weekly cost they're talking about your ability to pay for extras, like dental, vet, saddle fitting as well as costs when you need to move your horse from a bad place ect. You don't have a lot of wiggle room in your finances.

If you can save a couple grand on top of purchase costs that would help.
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You could still take lessons! If you find the right barn that is busy with other people your age, you'd probably like that very much. Also, that may lead to a partial lease situation which you could afford.
I have been taking lessons, but wanted to go further :( I'm not sure what the difference is between leasing and lessons? I feel the only difference is that I'll have no lessons or instruction but will be paying about the same amount?? :(
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You could still take lessons! If you find the right barn that is busy with other people your age, you'd probably like that very much. Also, that may lead to a partial lease situation which you could afford.
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It depends on where you live and the situation/horse.

I spend less than $100 a week on my horse.

For this to be affordable for me I do self care on full turnout, as well as buying a horse that needs little feeding, and has good, trimmed feet. Other horses in similar situations have cost me more.

When people say you can't afford it rather than talking about the weekly cost they're talking about your ability to pay for extras, like dental, vet, saddle fitting as well as costs when you need to move your horse from a bad place ect. You don't have a lot of wiggle room in your finances.

If you can save a couple grand on top of purchase costs that would help.
Is this based on my other post with the boarding facilities I like, or the first post? Sorry, I'm not clear.
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It depends on where you live and the situation/horse.

I spend less than $100 a week on my horse.

For this to be affordable for me I do self care on full turnout, as well as buying a horse that needs little feeding, and has good, trimmed feet. Other horses in similar situations have cost me more.

When people say you can't afford it rather than talking about the weekly cost they're talking about your ability to pay for extras, like dental, vet, saddle fitting as well as costs when you need to move your horse from a bad place ect. You don't have a lot of wiggle room in your finances.

If you can save a couple grand on top of purchase costs that would help.
How much approx does the vet and dental part cost? I mean for routine things. It would help if anyone knows Alberta rates.
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post #16 of 39 Old 06-08-2016, 07:30 PM
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Your are in Canada my dear, not it's not enough, figure in teeth floating, farrier care, vaccines and other stuff to make a horse enjoyable to ride. Nope, no where close, plus you would want stuff for yourself too, then other personal things your parents probably won't spring for. However, it's enough money for a lease or part lease and that will be enjoyable with some cash left over.

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Your are in Canada my dear, not it's not enough, figure in teeth floating, farrier care, vaccines and other stuff to make a horse enjoyable to ride. Nope, no where close, plus you would want stuff for yourself too, then other personal things your parents probably won't spring for. However, it's enough money for a lease or part lease and that will be enjoyable with some cash left over.
How much would be enough? Or I mean how much would I have to be making per week or month to make this dream possible...or is it only possible for those who have proper careers (like after uni or college) We have our own business so maybe I could request my parents for more days?
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For your horse to sit in the pasture, boarded, and you do nothing with it, just look at it, sure you make enough. Is that what you want? Take lessons, learn to ride, then figure out from there what you want to do. In the meantime you are riding and saving up money, that would be the wise thing to do.
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For your horse to sit in the pasture, boarded, and you do nothing with it, just look at it, sure you make enough. Is that what you want? Take lessons, learn to ride, then figure out from there what you want to do. In the meantime you are riding and saving up money, that would be the wise thing to do.
After all the replies, I get that it is not enough now and that I should focus on saving.

But I am wanting to know what wage would be more appropriate per WEEK since $140 is not enough. I want to request my parents to give me more work days. If you were in this position at what point/ how much savings do you think would be sufficient to make the move? Obviously I am not expecting to go out today and buy a horse.

Is there anyone here who manages a horse with a part time job? Or is this something that can only be done with a full time job or a career after school? Or is this only for those have gotten older and saved up a lot throughout their lives, not young people in their 20s.

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post #20 of 39 Old 06-08-2016, 07:58 PM
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I don't know Canadian costs, dental costs me about $220 a year, plus vet... can vary. Injuries can quickly run into the thousands.

I've kept a horse all through university, never having a real stable job. I've chosen this - this means I've chosen not to live in cities where horse care would cost 3x what I pay now. I chose to be at simple places without many riding facilities. At times I couldn't afford to keep my horse at formal boarding places so I kept them in people's paddocks with no facilities etc.

However, I didn't take lessons, couldn't afford training during this period. This horse was my...6th horse I think? So I already had all tack and gear, had taken over six years of lessons etc.

If you haven't had lessons that is a great place to start. I recommend at the very least a year of lessons before you get a horse. On your income you could probably have two basic lessons a week and maybe save a bit. Maybe do that for a year and then re-evaluate?

I don't know what the bottom line is in Canada, it could well be out of your price range.
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