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post #1 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb I am new. I do not know what to do!

This is my first post and you can see that I am new to horses! What stuff do I need for my first horse because I do not have a barn to store my horse in, I also do not have a shed to put the things I bought for my horse in to keep them safe. I have not ridden a horse since I was little so does anyone have any ideas where I could start? Mom, Mamaw and I all went to Breyerfest over the summer and so far I have got my mom hooked but she says it will probably be during my 2nd year of high school. I do not know about the rest of my family yet, though if we move out into the country my dad will have to change jobs, yet again. My brothers are so against it, they say that we will pack some stuff up and then we will leave all of the other stuff behind! How can I convince my dad and my 3 brothers to move out into the country and to leave half of our stuff behind?
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 02:34 PM
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I don't mean to be mean but you sound a little selfish. You want your dad to have to switch jobs, move away, leave half your stuff behind, just so you can get a horse?

Since you have not ridden since you were a little kid, and probably haven't been around them since then, plus since you don't have any sort of living space (and I don't know if you or your parents would pay for boarding)...you need to start taking lessons first. Find a barn in your area and take up lessons. Ask to help out around the barn so you can get some knowledge before buying or leasing a horse.

Read books, watch training videos, etc. that can help you gain more knowledge.

From how you sound, you are not ready to own a horse. They are expensive and if you don't have the time, money, or KNOWLEDGE, you shouldn't go buy one. And certainly don't move just for that purpose.

Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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post #3 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 02:37 PM
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I think your going to lose that battle.. convincing your dad to leave his job so you can get a horse, and to leave half of your stuff behind to move.. yeah if you were my kid that would NOT fly by me.. if you have to wait, you have to wait.. I am 31 just got my first horse at 30.. I had to pay for it myself.. If you really want to ride try to find a place to ride/ take lessons, makes a HECK of a lot more sense than trying to make your dad quit his job and everyone move to give you a horse

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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I have already lost that battle but thanks to Roman, I will watch training videos and other stuff like read. My dad still has his current job because he changed it, like, 5 times. I guess I will have to wait a long time, though.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 02:48 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Why don't you see if there are any barns in your area that give lessons? That is the best way to start, without making unreasonable or sudden demands on your family. Maybe you can get your mom in lessons with you, that could be fun. Many people, unless they are born into a horse owning family, cannot realistically afford their own horse until they are out of school and working full time. But you can learn so much through taking lessons, ride all different kinds of horses, until you are one day able to have the knowledge and means to buy a horse of your own. Don't rush it, take a deep breath, go slow, and have fun learning and riding :)
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post #6 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 02:54 PM
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you should have no problems in your area finding a barn to ride at, or maybe volunteer at.. I should know most of the barns when I was looking to ride at were in that area because they were the only ones that would take plus sized riders, problem is that some of them were up to 200 miles away from me each way so made no sense to drive that far..lol granted I live somewhat closer now, but Indy is still no close trip.. close to 2 hours in a car each way
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 03:15 PM
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As mentioned, search out lesson barns, therapy barns (Volunteer work looks great on college applications btw.) and once you have some more experience see about maybe farm sitting for money.

I'd also recommend doing a lease of some kind first, before you buy. This gives you a great idea of how you would have to rearrange things in your life to be able to care for the horse. You may find that waking up at 4 AM to feed the horse and muck out isn't really your thing, or maybe it is, you never know until you try. But I'd get some lessons under my belt before doing a lease, as it will be someone else's horse you'd be caring for.

If you don't already work, look into a part-time job and/ or a summer job. This way you can put away money far ahead of time.
I know some high schools offer credits for students who work, so this could help you financially and school wise.
I've mentioned it on this forum before, but one of my favorite ways to help people out and make a little extra cash for lessons is to donate plasma, it takes about 2-4 hours per week and you can earn $200-$300 per month doing it 'full time' (2 x per week every week, as you'll only get about $25 per visit on a type of debit card.) But to get the money you must donate the plasma, blood only gets you a cookie, and of course the happy knowledge that you've helped someone in need.

Good luck with everything.
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post #8 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 04:05 PM
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I'd highly recommend going and taking lessons. There are several fabulous barns in and around Indy that I've seen. Depending on which side your on I think most are an except able distance of travel. Everyone else has given you fabulous advice already. I would personally do some searching online for barns in/around Indy that will fit your needs and budget. :)

Welcome to the forum!!
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 05:00 PM
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Thumbs down No, No, No

Before you even think about owning a horse, you need to actually know something about them. If you haven't ridden since you were little, you need to get yourself into some riding lessons and camps. You need to get to know about how to ride, how to tack up, what they eat, breeds, illnesses, and A LOT more.

Please don't even think about getting a horse until you know something about horses.
If you get a horse and don't know about horses, that will put you and the horse in danger.

Please be knowledgeable and don't do something like make your whole family move to another country before you really know if you are gonna do this for life.

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post #10 of 20 Old 12-31-2014, 05:03 PM
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hi, My family owns the stable I'm at. I remember i used to ask them so many times that i wanted my own horse and they always said no. I thought it was not fair. Because my older sister and brothers all had there own. It wasn't intel i was older that i understood why they said no. It was because I didn't prove to them that i am responsible to have a horse. I didn't groom or go to my lessons when i should have so many other reasons.

Now I'm 34 and i bought my own horse. I'm ready for it. I did my research on horses In Arabic and in English Im still working on the english I went to the stable everyday after work to help out with the horses. And talked to people and breeders. And Even tho i don't pay for boarding i still pay for everything else.

What I'm trying to say is if you really think your ready find a barn or stables near you. Ask a lot of questions and read and watch vids. Don't be in harry to get a horse. The fact is even if your family well buy you one. Thats the easy part. You still have to pay for the boarding,the feed, the vet, the dental, the Farrier,shavings, vitamins,shampoo, deworming, grooming tools, saddle, girth,bridle...atc
all this well cost probably more than your horse.

Don't rush it And you don't have to wait tell your 30 ether when you are ready and you know that you can provide for your horse than go for it.

Like a lot of people said here find a barn or a stable and ask if you can work there and ride the horses for free.
Who knows maybe you well relies this is not what you want or maybe it is.

Good luck and i hope your dream well come true. :)
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