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post #11 of 14 Old 06-26-2017, 02:58 AM
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I grew up in farm country and while horses were not the focus, (crops were) most of them had a pony/horse or two for their kids to ride. Since we didn't have horses I begged rides wherever I could. Didn't know there was such a thing as riding lessons. Instead if you were passionate about riding you picked yourself up every time you fell off and got back on, eventually you learned how to stay on. LOL When my oldest sister got married she got a horse and I spent every weekend she'd let me with her. When I was there I spent from sunup to sundown on that poor mare, not always riding I was happy to lay on her back while she was grazing and read a book. Finally got my own pony when I was 15 but then only had her a couple of years before I had to sell her in preparation of starting life on my own.

I was 24 before I got to own a horse again. No way if a person had looked at my finances would they think it was a good idea. Part of it was lucky circumstances and part of it was the will I had to make it work. Sometimes I had to take a second job to ease things a bit but I never had any regrets. 2 years later I added a second horse without finances being any better than they were the first time. I kept both those horses for the rest of their lives and accumulated more over the years. It's not a struggle financially anymore but I still don't spend money on things a lot of people like to spend money on. I don't buy expensive clothes, I drive a vehicle until its on it's deathbed, I don't take extravagant vacations, and while I do get a haircut every once in great while, I don't spend a lot of money at salons.

Oh and I never really boarded except for keeping my pony at my brother's place when I was a kid. When I had those 2 horses after I was out on my own I rented a house that sat on a couple of acres and was able to keep them there. Eventually got married to a man who also had a couple of horses and a couple of acres. Together we bought a place with 10 acres and had progressed to 7 horses and now we own 50 acres and have 11 horses. Had more at one time when we were raising them but eventually retired from that. I've been in a riding slump for the last few years though and hardly ever ride but I still enjoy having and taking care of them.

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-26-2017, 10:50 AM
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I've had to take a break from riding, up until last summer because I had college/started my career.

I then began taking lessons once a week. Then, I started leasing a horse. It costed me about $120/month. I live by myself, so all of my bills go on ME. It can be hard.

I think if you take lessons 1-2x a week you will be fine. Then as things settle down/as you save money, you can increase your riding time. Maybe even lease a horse (which saves you $ on vet/farrier/dental bills, etc. which is why I chose to lease).
I think if you have a budget & balance everything well, it can work. :) If there's a will, there's a way!

Ride more, worry less.
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-26-2017, 03:04 PM
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I was lucky enough to have horses when I was growing up. But when I went to college, my dad got divorced and moved away from the house I had grown up in and the land to have the horses. I was out of horses for 16 years before I realized that the college I work had horses that I could ride. 10 years later, I own a small piece of land where I keep my horses. My poor hubby met me in the years without a horse so he had to give up that fast internet (totally IT Geek) to move to the farm with DSL. Start with your lessons you can afford and you have a long life ahead of you to grow that passion.
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-26-2017, 04:56 PM
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I rode throughout my whole life up until I was around 13. Literally, there are pictures of me as a baby on the horse with my dad. They were everything to me growing up. When I was 13, my dad was engaged to a women that ruined him financially, which forced him to get rid of all of our horses, trailer, ect. I wasn't able to ride for some time afterward.

I went to college in Columbia and I had a new friend that invited me to her farm. We went for a day trail ride.

It totally, completely restored my passion for it. It was all I could think about. I was sore (lol), but excited. I immediately starting moving funds around to make having a horse happen. I was looking into leasing, but my budget allowed for me to actually buy one. It would be tight but I could do it. I bought a scrawny, tall OTTB and I don't regret a second of it. I basically live off of black beans and rice, but my horse eats like royalty and is gaining weight, building muscle. He is my best friend.

I don't think I could ever not have a horse in my life after going so long without them. It feels like my heart is whole again.

Right now, I work to pay off most of my board. I am at the barn every day, I wake up at 4, get there around 4:30, feed and do some work until about 7, go to work from 9 to 5, then go back after work from 6 to about 9, working. I work all weekend. I wake up excited and acknowledging that this is what I need to do. Me and my fiance are going to be buying a small farm in Florida next year instead of renting and paying for board, we have everything laid out so it will work.

I've cancelled my gym memberships, cut out unnecessary spending, starting shopping at cheaper grocery stores and stopped eating out but I wouldn't trade it for the world!!

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