My goals for horse shopping/getting into ownership
This is pretty much me thinking outloud to you guys about getting a horse.
Quick back story: the horse I was going to get, turns out isn't going to be practical due to recent discovery of navicular's disease. Few things I have to do first- inform the owner I am not longer going to go threw with the purchase, and I am going to relinquish my lease on him. I feel bad about going back on my word, but I cannot afford a pasture puff. Now, I know bad things can happen with any horse and they can go lame, I just feel there is a difference between an accident and a horse already prone to lameness due to a disease that is not going away. Basically, if I buy a horse and it breaks a leg and goes lame, its different than a horse already prone to lamenss.
So, task one: tell the owner the news. This will give me 200$ a month saved towards the purchase of a horse
Other tasks: I am an exotic snake breeder on the side. Current market is bad, and while I wasn't in it for the money, every pairing has a bunch of snakes that can be hard to sell ( single morphs, normals, males) I think it is time to sell my collection. Initially, I was going to hang onto some of them, but if I sell, it will give me more money to invest in a horse or horse equipment. Not only will this give me more upfront money, but it will save money on buying rodents in bulk, electric bill, and time for caring. I will save only the angolan python pair and one mean long term care wild caught BP (she is nasty and has a few blemishes, I fear her care could be neglected in the wrong hands)- going from 25 snakes to 3.
i will need a saddle now, and a saddle fitter to be factored into the cost. I may even need a new bridle if my one doesn't fit the horse, but that won't be an expense like a saddle.
Halter and lead lines.
Farrier. I already know I won't be using the same farrier, so I will be on a farrier search. There is a barefoot trimmer local, and 2 other boarders who use different farriers that I could possibly use.
place to board- providing that the BO isnt so upset she wants nothing to do with me. I have an account with her vet.
Basic grooming equiment ( curry, bush, hoof pick, soft curry, fly spray) I may need simple little things like a mud scraper. I will make a first aid kit too. Right now I share the BO's, there is stuff she bought and stuff I bought that we both use because we don't have issues with it.
My expectations/wants of a horse:
I want a horse that is pretty laid back- would prever a more pokey horse than a ready to go. One that is pretty bombproof as far as horses go.
While I am not breed specific- I know I don't want a warm blood since they tend to be the 'go ' horses. Looking for a horse that has the mind set of a slow but steady horse that is good with beginners ( My abilities- probably better than a beginner, but not an expert)
My goals with horseback riding:
I consider myself mainly just riding for pleasure. I don't have plans for any serious competitions- may do a few low level W/T shows, but nothing fancy at all. I do work on basic dressage aspects ( not very good at it) but it just gives me and the horse stuffs to do.
I mostly do ring work, with occasional trails. I personally never go out on th e trails by myself- I feel more confident with someone else in case something goes wrong. I ride in the ring myself no problem tho ( usually have b/f watching) I like working by myself- so I would like a horse that is ok with that. I do ride with others as well.
If a horse can do both english and western, that would be a plus. In the end though, i'd be fine if I find a great horse and he just does one.
Need to finalize:
costs. My b/f said he would help financially if need be, but we both just have to go crunch numbers first and calculate how much $$ can be set aside for th e purchase of the horse. Also, I will have to calculate affording the horse once my school loans kick in ( which should be soon). I did post another thread a while back about other expenses too ( like shots, vet visits, dental and ect that will be calculated as well)
Fine tune my skills. The whole situation with the horses hoofs kind of shown me I need to refine my knowledge. I am hoping you all can recommend some books I can read to acquire some more book knowledge ( i know books can only do so much, but gathering that knowledge will prepare to dealing with it)
Some info on me:
I have been leasing for about 2 years, been working and taking lessons at the barn for about 4 years. The horse will be boarded, full board. My working days would stay as exchange for lessons, but maybe we could pick up a day to take some money off the board, but costs will be calculated with no discounts.
I always wanted a horse. Yea yea, i know you all here this a lot, but both my fiancee and I have good secure jobs. Providing there is no fall out with the BO, I have a good relationship with her to have her as a guiding figure. I always look forward to going to the barn and working with my leased horse, and I am ready to part with the snakes and move onto working with horses.
I realized that through the time of not being able to ride the leased horse how much I miss it. I know how much work can go into it, and I am ready to get into that kind of responsibility when the time comes- but I am not rushing into it.
So, I spilled what was going on in my mind. Feedback and your opinions are welcomed. Just bare in mind, it's just the beginning stages, not planing to make a move to purchase in the near future.