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post #11 of 20 Old 08-04-2015, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by leokeo View Post
Thank you all for your replies! I want to let a few of you know that the questions I asked, I do pretty much know the answer to, I just wanted a few more opinions :)
Good to know - but it might have been good to say that you were seeking opinions in the beginning (or clarifying what exactly you needed opinions about per each subject). Without you telling us, we have no way of knowing what your skill level is.

For example, "What do I need to know about X" could be a HUGE topic that even experienced people could spend days telling you what they know or experiences they've had.

We get quite a number of new posters who really do NOT know what they are getting into, and many people who are simply so excited to begin their journey with horses that they need to tell somebody - and so, here we are :)

I have owned, ridden, driven, and worked with horses off and on for over half my life now, and I still feel like a beginner sometimes, and I still seek as much knowledge as I can from people on here. I have learned quite a lot in my time here, and the best thing I've learned is that we never stop learning with horses.
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post #12 of 20 Old 08-04-2015, 03:52 PM
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well, your post, and the title, made it sound like an emergency.
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post #13 of 20 Old 08-04-2015, 08:26 PM
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It's great that you've started posting here, it's a great resource. Welcome!

As you can see by the varying responses, it can be really hard to give advice online just because people here don't know your situation. In face to face contact so much information, not just spoken but observed, is passed between two people.

To make up for that online it's usually a good idea to try and give some context to your question. A little background about you, about your experiences, about what you want to do can make the world of difference in answers!

And if you don't get the responses you like, remember that they are responding to what you wrote, not who you are because we don't know you are. If in doubt, look over what you write and think "If I knew nothing about this person what would this question make me think?".

As far as your questions go, my money saving tip, and this might sound like a weird one, to save money spend more on your initial purchase price. Basically don't cheap out when buying the horse - save money later on pasture board or self care.

Trying to buy a "bargain" horse is almost guaranteed to get you something that isn't quite right. It could have health problems which quickly get very expensive. Or it could be not trained enough for you, or not experienced enough and require a lot of time and effort, and probably the hiring of trainers, to make the horse suitable.

In general, people do not sell good horses for cheap. If the horse is priced under market value in any discipline, age group etc there is almost always a reason why. Buying a horse is not the time to take risks. If you have a small budget, wait, save the money you would normally spend on horse care, and use to get the right horse. The right horse doesn't need to be competitive, it might just be a seasoned trail horse, but choose wisely.

With a lot of horse stuff, think things over. Buy the best quality things you can find, and that might mean second hand gear. Use the services you need when you need them, like dentist, saddle fitters, farriers etc.
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post #14 of 20 Old 08-04-2015, 09:46 PM
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What experience with horses do you have?

Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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post #15 of 20 Old 08-05-2015, 02:09 AM
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hope you find a horse that fits what you wish to do with it.
It can be less per bale to buy hay if you purchase a load of hay , a squeeze, a retriever, truck and trailer but the Truck load would be way to much hay for one horse ! I get that for 10 horses a year.
Tack, buy used .i would not buy a saddle on line.. to easy to get ripped off.
Get lead ropes etc on line , usually a lot less. close outs and end of summer sales.
Farriers.. depends on your area for cost.
Same for Vets.
Watch local tack stores for sales , or local ads .
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post #16 of 20 Old 08-05-2015, 02:12 AM
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While I think it's great to get others opinions, considering things are so vast in the horse world, BUT I think some of the questions asked (ie: what to feed new horse/what things do you need for your barn) are questions that the opinions of others really have nothing to do with the "answer".

What I mean by that is that every single horse is different. Every single barn is different - if you need to ask those questions, are you sure you're ready for a horse?

If you're honestly asking those questions, my advice to you is to get more experience. Find a GOOD trainer and/or mentor. When you no longer need to ask what your horse needs to eat, then consider a horse of your own. (and I don't mean that at that point you hold all the answers to what every individual horse will need, what I do mean is that you have a good understanding of the "basics" and are fully aware of what supplements may need to be added in per the individual.)
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post #17 of 20 Old 08-06-2015, 02:50 AM
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Hi Leokeo & welcome,

Fantastic that you are asking these type questions before considering getting a horse, as they pertain to very basic care/knowledge, so they're definitely among things you should know before 'jumping in the deep end'. In addition to learning the basics in theory, it is a good move if you can find someone local to learn from hands-on. Perhaps there's a local boarding or riding 'barn' or such, where you could do some volunteer work to learn more.

I am on a fairly small budget, so any little money-saving tips would be great!
In most places/situations, horse keeping is an expensive hobby. To keep them, feed them, attend to vets, regular farriery, etc. And then there's equipment to actually ride them! So money saving tips.... yep, save as much money as you can before considering buying, ensure you have a backup fund, and strive to find another income!
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post #18 of 20 Old 08-06-2015, 02:59 AM
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Oh, now I belatedly read replies... OP you wouldn't be asking those type questions unless you had very little knowledge. That is perfectly fine - no one's born knowing stuff! But to do the best by your future horse, and to get the most helpful, specific advice here, it's best to be honest about what you know & want.
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post #19 of 20 Old 08-06-2015, 11:44 AM
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I recommend The Joy of Keeping Horses: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Horses on Your Property, even if you plan to board your horse. It's the best book I've read that provides a comprehensive introduction to horsekeeping.

On choosing a horse, Shiers tells of breeds and various equine activities, and which ones go together. She stresses the importance of temperament, soundness, and conformation in that order. She stresses the false economy of buying a young horse to save money, because training costs will more than eat up the savings. She wisely suggests that a horse over 16 years old is the best choice for young and beginning riders.

Dealing with care, in the last third of the book, the author includes a great list of top ten equine emergencies, along with more detailed information on how to prevent them. She points out that "every time you ride or handle your horse, you are training him. He is learning either to respect you or not."

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post #20 of 20 Old 08-06-2015, 12:42 PM
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I am also looking into buying a horse but I have a lot of questions in my minds. You all have great advice and suggestions! Thank you, I will definitely tell you more on my progress.
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