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post #11 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 02:12 AM
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the polo barn at the LAEC is a bit less, $510/month, cubes twice a day and super clean stalls. Same service as the other barns, night watch and all. That's where I keep my OTTB (with a trainer). Not a huge difference but everything helps...
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post #12 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 05:48 AM
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You can get a horse that doesn't need shoes. Mine doesn't! What is up with the expensive vet? Mine costs 300 a year tops for routine stuff, shots, sheath cleaning, teeth.
lol, CA vs TN I almost fell over when I heard what my stepmother pays for routine veterinary care for her little dog.
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 06:02 AM
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I perfectly understand your trepidation about owning a horse, it's a big responsibility. I felt the same way when I got back into horses as an adult. It was pretty scary and exciting at the same time. Now I have three. You don't have to have lessons to enjoy your horse and a lot of people don't. Sounds to me like you have every last penny figured out so I would go for it. I would spend more money initially for a pre purchase exam than to keep on spending it later. Anything can happen but don't start out with ongoing vet bills.
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post #14 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 07:30 AM
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Costs like that are completely normal in some areas.
$500 a lesson?!?

This is where my mind keeps hitting the rut and swerving off the road. Our OP quoted $1550/month for a lease which she only got to ride 3 times a month as I understand it.

Now, I recognize that some areas are more expensive than others, but honestly, that just seems stratospheric to me no matter WHERE you live.
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post #15 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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three times a week! (i hope I did not say month?) not exactly $500 a lesson but yes, was too much for too little. I paid half the horses expenses (approx $750 or so) and then $800 for my lessons to the trainer. So really about $62 a lesson (if you assume 13 lessons in a month), but when you factor actually paying for the horse on top of that - about $120 per lesson/ride? and it was very "get on ride, lesson over, give back horse". didn't feel like a lease.

The horse was an athletic warmblood, definitely trained. I wouldn't say Olympic/Grand Prix level though.. (the owner was leasing because she wanted to jump higher and this horse was only good for smaller jumps under 3"). (she's in my avatar photo). At the end of the day though - I don't feel i need a show horse. I just need a good temperament and willingness.
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post #16 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 02:50 PM
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If you do decide to get a horse you could knock down the amount of lessons to 1 or 2 a week and when out on trails practice techniques you are learning / working on. Take the amount this would save and put it in your horse savings or emergancy funds. Find some experianced riders to ride with on the trails as the experianced folks can be good mentors.
There will always be what ifs.
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post #17 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 02:52 PM
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I hate this phone.
anyway don't let the what if worries keep you from doing what you love.
It sounds like you are already ready but just nervous about taking that big step to horse owner.
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post #18 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 05:40 PM
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I own two horses and keep them at home last month cost me 45 bucks I almost died when I read your post OP good luck in your adventure I say go for it if you want it
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post #19 of 19 Old 04-15-2015, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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I ran my math by a horse friend, and she agreed that if I'm not in full training it doesn't have to be so bad... Therefore: I opened a savings account to start saving separately from all life's other budgets my new horse fund! I'm going to start it from scratch and put $$ into it every time there is extra.. to cover purchase, vet exams, trainer commission, start up supplies, and if i can afford it - a dressage saddle.... (I already own a jumper one). I expect to have all ducks in a row by the end of the year...!! Of course the butterflies in my stomach say "now now now!"

But thankfully I am a grown adult and know all good things to those who wait... :)

Thank you all for the vote of confidence and words of caution. And to those of you whose eyes popped out of their heads at the cost - I'm with you. One day I hope to cash out of this town and go where the living is cheaper... until then I am tied w/ golden handcuffs to this city!

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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