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post #11 of 20 Old 11-17-2015, 09:55 AM
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I bought as a novice (last February... I'm 50+ and am just finally indulging my lifelong desire to ride), and am still a beginner. I was able to do it because I made friends with and am surrounded by good mentors. I told my husband before taking the leap that 'the price of admission to the club is a horse' - especially for adult riders in our area. I've learned more faster from owning than I ever could have any other way. That said, we didn't get the perfect horse for me (she has a little more 'sass' than I was looking for! though slightly more experienced riders do great with her) so I will likely be making a change. I still don't regret it - and am totally savoring the experience (I've learned more from the things that have gone wonky than from the things that have gone right!!). By this time next year I may be on my second horse and that's OK too. And, yes, horses will do weird things........
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post #12 of 20 Old 11-17-2015, 10:09 AM
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I had to take what I could get riding time wise, as lessons are not much of an option for me unless I had my own horse. Give me lessons fine, put a 265lb man on one of their lesson horses, they would rather shoot themselves in the head. I would have loved to take lessons, I feel I could be further along than I am, but if I wanted to ride at all, I had to have my own horse, thankfully I knew a couple of people who knew what I was looking for, and my current horse, has been enough of a saint for me when I need it, and testy enough to make sure I am on my toes. Now in the spring I plan on having someone come out to give me one on one lessons, I will probably pay more, but I want to make sure I am learning and not screwing me/ my horse up by trying to self teach myself
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post #13 of 20 Old 11-17-2015, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the replies, it was interesting to hear. I think I'm going to just keep on going with the lessons. Sometimes I feel like I'm never going to progress riding for 30 minutes once a week. 5 years and I've barely cantered. I do have a lot of horse people in my family, my Aunt especially who lives 5 mins away has horses. My cousin also got a horse while she was still a beginner. And now I have a friend who has been riding for a few months and she's buying a horse in a few weeks. There's a nagging in my head wanting to get a horse so badly, but I know I should wait. and I live in a small town so a lot of people live on acreage including me. But I've heard that makes it harder if your a newbie since you don't have the people at the barn to help you. I would have my aunt and friends though. I live in Australia so even though I'm 15 I could get a job to pay for it. Job age is like 13 in my state. I'm trying to not get tempted and wait a while. It's hard
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post #14 of 20 Old 11-17-2015, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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As for leasing I can't find any in my town, I don't even know if it happens here
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post #15 of 20 Old 11-18-2015, 05:52 PM
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As for leasing I can't find any in my town, I don't even know if it happens here
Sometimes you don't know unless you ask. When I thought I was ready for my first horse, I asked a friend who had several horses if she would consider leasing one to me so I could get the full experience of owning (with all the care, expenses, and worry) with out the commitment. Best decision I ever made. She happened to have a horse that didn't do anything wrong under saddle, but was just testy enough to make me learn what I was doing.
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post #16 of 20 Old 11-18-2015, 09:56 PM
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It depends on how much of a support network you have. I think it's something to discuss with the adults around you. You mention your aunt has horses - would she be willing to board your horse for you? Will your parents be willing to cover any costs that exceed what a 15 year old's part-time income might cover? Emergency vet bills can be high and you don't want to be in the position of not being able to afford treatment for your horse.

What will you do when you are old enough to move out of your parents' house? Will you be able to continue to pay to keep your horse while you go to college or have to move away for work? You're just a few years away from those realities.

I don't think there's a magic number, but for my own daughter, I waited four years before getting her a horse - and I'm a very horsey mom paying ALL the bills and helping her every step of the way with day-to-day care. I also am willing to take over when she moves out since I will continue to have horses even if she loses interest or moves on to other things. So the horse is as much for her as for me :) but I still wanted to wait in case she lost interest.
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post #17 of 20 Old 11-18-2015, 11:12 PM
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Personally, I got a horse and learned to ride on that horse (I was 4) but my mum had been riding and had had a horse before. I have known people who went to a riding school and then bought a horse and have been fine with that too. I would only get the horse first if you have the learning to ride thing lined up if I were to do it again. Also if you are going to get a horse look at the horse with someone experienced and make sure for the first while you ride the horse with someone with experience. I rode the worst pony I've ever ridden earlier in the year who a family had bought the pony for $6000 as a 6 year old beginner horse and they had to get rid of her because their daughter was scared of her because she kept doing naughty things and the daughter didn't know how to deal with it. Just a side note ☺️
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post #18 of 20 Old 11-21-2015, 07:16 AM
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I'm a 20 year old amateur rider (by amateur I mean I know the basics that have to be known to be able to move on the horse at all - walk, trot and canter) planning on getting myself a 6 year old mare who has been mounted for 2 years by a man and his children (ages from 4 to 8). She's a very tall mare (for that breed at least). I just wanted to ask what you guys think about it to be able to set my mind up onto something. =)

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post #19 of 20 Old 11-25-2015, 01:51 PM
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what is the horses temperament like? how responsive was she when you rode her (presuming that you have already seen her)? did you see anything that worried you? and also what level is she being ridden at at the moment?... you dont want to buy a horse that is being ridden at a competitive level, that wont respond well to an amateur rider..speaking from experience here :(
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post #20 of 20 Old 11-25-2015, 02:17 PM
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How many rides you have to me is kind of irrelevant, it is more about how much horse sense have you got, or what is your back up network like. I would have little issue with someone who had never actually ridden buying a horse, IF they had spent time working with horses, and know how to handle them, can recognize health and not healthy, no how to groom, what feed, all those things that we have to do as owners...riding is the last part of the puzzle.

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