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post #11 of 18 Old 06-08-2013, 07:07 PM
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I reccomend taking lessons and learning about horses. They're not your buddy, nor your friend for life. They're animals that only care about their own safety, and eating. That's the honest truth. It's very easy to spoil a horse and have them turn pushy and dangerous by having this attitude or just simply not knowing.
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-08-2013, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I am going to try and get my mum to organise some lessons for me! :)
I know that they shouldn't be treated as friends because they will start to get pushy, so I will have to learn how to not spoil them straight away!!
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-10-2013, 11:57 PM
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Personally I wouldn't buy my own horse yet. I'd try and get a bit more experience in horse care and learn about management. I would try and find a local livery yard and ask if anyone needs any help with their own horses so you can learn about potential problems and how to deal with them.
What would I know though? I had a horse given to me when I was still too green to handle my own horse. I have a trainer coming once a week now for lessons and help in managing my headstrong cob.

My horse can be a little bit of a head budder sometimes when it comes to putting her bridle on, so I've learned to wear a helmet before I tack her up. She takes the bit well, just sometimes I have wait a minute or two.
It's a good give/take relationship, lol.

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post #14 of 18 Old 06-11-2013, 12:13 AM
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It's very possible, but not ideal. On Long Island, in horse zoned areas, you only need 1/2 acre to keep 2 horses. I wouldn't recommend it, nor would I want that for my horses, but that's the minimum amount of space required by law. If its all you have you make it work. You will need to have hay 24/7 and make sure its stocked up. Manure will need to be hauled away. Your horse should get as much exercise as possible. If your going to have a riding arena, make it also safe for turn out. The paddocks at my friend place also open up to give one horse a larger area while the other one is in the larger riding rings. Also, you horses my not get along with theirs, so don't count keeping them together. Even if they did get along God forbid your horses injure theirs, or visa versa, ... Then what??

That being said, horses aren't just something you get into and learn along the way. Riding and caring for them can be difficult and dangerous. Look around for barns, take lessons and lease. Stick around here and read through the threads, you can learn a lot BUT this shouldn't be your only source of experience/info!! Don't only take riding lessons, but ground lessons too. Also, volunteer at a riding stable! You can pick up hands on experience for free, or in exchange for lessons. Also, horses are VERY expensive, especially if you don't have pasture for them (hay and manure removal tack in extra $$$ easily)! You don't do anyone a favor (you, your family or the horse) by jumping into horse ownership then discovering you cannot afford one horse, let alone two.
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post #15 of 18 Old 06-15-2013, 03:09 PM
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Sarah, most of these posters are experienced horsepeople and they do not want you to make a costly or dangerous mistake. Their advice is good about taking lessons first, etc. But don't let warnings keep you from pursuing your dream -- we all started somewhere, including the posters. Keep your goal firmly in mind, go about it in a smart way, and you'll soon have a great experience with your first horse. Good for you!
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post #16 of 18 Old 06-15-2013, 11:33 PM
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I read this whole thread and felt your too much in the mind that this horse is going to be your long life friend, its going to do everything you ask and be the perfect riding horse. I reccomend you completely forget owning your own horse at this stage and go and get riding lessons first. I did riding lesson for 2 years before I even looked into getting a horse, then I bought one who smashed my confidence to pieces, then sold him, got another who to this day is still a handful. I think had I not gotten an instructor to help me I would have given up horses but if I could I would go back to riding lessons every weekend to learn more first but i do not have the finances for my horse, lessons on my horse and to get lessons on another horse. My best suggestion forget about buying a horse at this stage, go find somewhere that is certified to teach you how to handle horse safely on both the ground and in the saddle. Horses are not dogs, they are very dangerous animals but can be a very rewarding experience. A good safe horse that is well trained will set you back about 7-10 thousand where I live.
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-16-2013, 05:38 AM
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You're right there Tayz!
The only trouble with riding lessons is you're riding schooled horses who are already trained to behave a certain way so it looks ALOT easier than it is - this is probably one of the reasons why people jump into horse ownership without realising what they're taking on.
The hands on experience on the ground is even more important than the lessons. It's this experience that will help Sarah learn to manage horses and observe/deal with the problems they will present.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-17-2013, 02:55 PM
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I'm a new horse person, so I don't have a lot of experience to offer.. but, I did want to offer my opinion. I think it's wonderful that you want to spend time with horses! I read an amazing article not long ago about the beauty of a horse/girl relationship. Amazing! I can tell you that based on my own experience I agree with the others about waiting to make the plunge into ownership; however, I would definitely encourage you to make friends with your neighbors and or local horse farms and follow someone around for awhile. My mentor was happy to "allow" me to help muck stalls every Saturday for a year - I learned so much just by watching her and the discussions we had while mucking :) - then she gave me my first horse ! Best wishes to you!
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