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post #11 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 02:58 PM
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I have been struggling with nearly the same issue. I have gotten back into riding after YEARS away, and my 12 year old son has also been riding for about the last year and loves it. I was looking, with the intention of getting one horse that we could both ride. However, lately I have switched my focus to getting one for each of us. The ones that would be good for him may be a little slow for my taste, but the biggest deciding factor for me is that if we only have 1, then only 1 of us can ride at once. We like to do trails, so it makes more sense at least for us, to have two. Whether that means leasing ,or buying, or whatever works out.
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post #12 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 04:00 PM
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Buy Jersey

I would say purchase Jersey and continue to take lessons. If your second child decides to ride it is going to make you feel better knowing she is going to ride a horse you already know and that most likely she will know having been to the barn with your older daughter.

Children and adults progress at much different speeds in their riding - I would suggest you continue to take lessons until you are sure a lease or half lease is something you are ready to commit too.

As another poster said by owning 1 horse and potentially leasing another it would give you the chance to either take a lesson at the same time as your daughter or just hacking around the barn together enjoying time spent alone with your daughter.

From personal experience the time I spend with my almost 16 year old daughter is priceless to me! I love riding with her and just getting to know the person she is and the horses seem to make her more relaxed and ready to talk to her Mom.
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post #13 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Deb9017 I am glad I am not the only one! Although you seem to be much more knowledgeable about horses than me - I am quite admittedly still trying to soak up as much information as possible!
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post #14 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Now you all have put into my mind wanting TWO horses!!!!!! I am new here, but I see that this is a very dangerous forum :)

But seriously, thank you all for your opinions. We have been officially offered to buy Jersey, but there is no hurry, so I have time to think about it. I've got to do a crash course on horse ownership ASAP!!!!

Thanks all:)
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post #15 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 06:01 PM
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This forum is pretty dangerous. And on that note I would suggest staying far far away from some of the breeding pages -- I know I can't have two horses or a foal and I still find myself day dreaming.

That said I really like the idea of you getting yourself a half lease. Or doing lessons 2x a week which could be cheaper or not (if you would do lessons 1x a week regardless of having a half lease it would probably be cheaper)

Also out of curiosity: How tall is Jersey?

It sounds like you have a very reasonable trainer though and she has likely had many other students move on to horse ownership. I know when I got my first horse a year ago my coach was/is invaluable (even though my parents are very supportive of my horse habit neither have experience around horses).

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post #16 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 06:03 PM
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I think Jersey sounds grand and nab her up if possible. Then maybe you could lease a horse and have your daughter- since you live so close by- work off some of the board for Jersey for expenses and so she feels more responsible for the animal too. And working around the barn might give her other opportunities to ride other peoples horses and progress in her riding.
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post #17 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 06:23 PM
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I would definitely consider buying Jersey, but it doesn't hurt to look around. There are many horses out there and some that may be a better option than Jersey. One thing you may consider is that your daughter may outgrow the pony. I know from experience that it is heartbreaking to give up your first horse. However, keep in mind that you are taking a risk if you buy a horse that you do not know. You are lucky to have the option to buy a pony you know!
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post #18 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 06:49 PM
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I got my first horse at 12 after 5 years of riding. My mother was experienced.

I am a little hesitant but it sounds like a good situation and the ability to sell back would be good.

My first two horses (our first and "mine") were both school horses I rode. In fact almost all of my horses I knew and rode before hand. It is better that way.
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post #19 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 07:18 PM
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i'll quote one of my favourite memes here.........

life is short, buy the darn horse!

lol. but seriously, it sounds like Jersey is exactly the right horse for your kiddo. if i had that situation come up i would do whatever necessary to ensure my daughter had the right horse under her. Jersey seems to be the right horse.
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post #20 of 55 Old 07-02-2015, 10:20 PM
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Jersey sounds like an excellent pony for your daughter.

Often, good child safe ponies are quite highly sort after. They aren't overly common. To have one of good age and soundness perfectly suited to your daughter is quite fortunate, and I wouldn't be quick to turn that away.

The bottom line is that people often struggle to find child suitable horses. They often struggle to find quiet and trained horse for adults. While there certainly are horses out there suitable for both you and your daughter you may find it difficult to find one. A significant portion people do purchase ideal seeming horses, and it's only after they have them for a few weeks they realise they're not suitable at all.

With Jersey you have leased her, you have experienced her and you know for a fact that she is good with your daughter. That's a really valuable position to be coming from.

Height is a consideration, not just for you but for how long she will last your daughter.

You might find that sharing a pony wouldn't be ideal anyway. One of the nicest things about a mother and daughter riding is that they could ride places together - something that you wouldn't be able to do if you shared a horse.
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