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post #1 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Smile First horse

(Not sure if this is the right place to put this?)

I have been given the opportunity to work to own my own horse. The barn owner's mother has offered to give me one of her horses in exchange for afternoon barn work (they have no help doing it as of right now). I would obviously be paying for farrier, vet, dental, all that. This is an extremely amazing offer!

I have never met the horse, but he is a 18 year old TB named Boe. He is actually green, despite being 18, but he is very gentle. I've seen him being led, bathed, and lunged. A friend of mine has ridden him and absolutely loved him. My other friend feeds him 4 mornings of the week, and she says he is very laidback.

I'll get more information on Saturday when I go out for my lesson. I already know a lot of the costs for the specific farrier (Boe is barefoot thankfully) and vet that comes out to the barn (my friend is boarding her horse there).

But I wanted to ask you lovely people about general things I should know before I get my first horse? Its not guaranteed that I'll get Boe, but it'd still be nice to know for future reference! One thing I already know is I have to get a saddle with a much wider tree lol (I have to replace my saddle anyways, I need a more forward flap sadly. I hate breaking up with my lovely saddle :C )

So yeah, any advice, tips, ect would be much appreciated!
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 12:48 AM
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do you have financial security? Like the money for the possibility of vet bills? Which can be enormous. If not I'd skip the horse and take cash for the work. Get a horse when you have financial security.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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My parents and I are looking into it right now. Working off the board (also some lessons) helps with a lot of the costs with ownership. It is my parents biggest concern (and with good reason of course). I'll be asking my trainer and the barn owner's mother lots of questions on Saturday! I definitely don't want to take in a horse if I am unable to financially afford it. But I do think its a possibility for us. (Really hope it can happen :) )
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 03:56 AM
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Do not not not buy the horse or agree to anything until you have done a full pre purchase exam!! I'd be a bit skeptical of anything basically giving away a horse you've never seen before. And he's green at 18?! What has he been doing for 18 years?! Something just doesn't sound right.
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 08:10 AM
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How long will you be working before the horse is truly yours? As in if you leave the barn you have the right to take him with you? Are you paying board or is that included in the "gift"? What is board worth? At what point do you see other payment for this work and what will it be? I am all for trading and fair exchange for work but there should be some clear understanding of the value of the horse and your work. I'd want to know more about the animal and his needs as well as whether he is suitable for you to ride.
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 10:00 AM
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This may seem like a tempting deal but there is a lot to consider. First would be if this is the right horse for you and what is this horse actually worth and are you and your parents financially able to afford any horse right now.

The second is the deal itself. Barn owners are notorious for finding situations where they don't have to pay for labor. Not saying that this one is looking to cheat you, but the details need to be made clear. It should be looked at as you have a job that pays you a certain amount per hour, you are making payments on a horse with a set selling price and your board and lessons are costing you a set amount.

Some thing to think about: If the BO is offering you salary rather than hourly pay, consider actually how much you will be making per hour and remember that there will be days like when the weather is bad that it may take you twice as long to get the job done. If there is any emergency (and especially if your own horse is there) you will be expected to stay and help and may not be compensated for it.

It's a nice idea to think of having your own horse but if you see any potential problems with this deal let it pass. Take the job if you want, save some money and wait for a better situation.
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post #7 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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@SlideStop Yeah, I think I would want to make sure he doesn't have any major issues that'd prevent him from riding in the discipline I ride (Hunters). As sweet as he may be, it wouldn't be worth taking in a horse that cannot ride/show in the style that I want!
I've actually found quite a few 15-20 year old horses that are 'green'. (I've even trained a 17 year old standardbred last year.) Boe is totally broken, and he's jumping some cross rails. He just likes to stick his head in the air and isn't very responsive to leg pressure yet. Boe also doesn't know much about flying lead changes and hasn't jumped higher than 2 feet before. I guess he's just been allowed to plow around his whole life!
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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@QtrBel To be honest, I was a little doubtful about this offer as well. My biggest thing is I've never ridden or spent any time with Boe, so I'd want to get a few rides in on him before even considering. And I'll be sure to get every detail about the offer as well.

From what it sounds like, Boe will be given to me when I accept the offer and I'll just be working off his board/feed and any extra work will be towards lessons. (I may also have to buy his bridle/blanket/turn out sheet too, but I'm not sure)

I'll make sure to update my original thread to include details tomorrow :)
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post #9 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 11:56 AM
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While the offer seems tempting, as stated, so much can go wrong.
I think you'd be better off buying him outright then working off his upkeep at a set hourly wage. That way you own him from day 1, have his papers or bill of sale in your name & don't have to worry if something happens.

If you can't afford him right now then work until you've banked enough to buy him.

If they are giving him to you for free you need to still get a bill of sale or papers stating that.

Of course that all depends on if you like him & he passes the PPE.
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-21-2015, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to do a little update and share some photos of Boe. He doesn't have the best confo in the world, but he's pretty good looking even still:

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