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post #21 of 50 Old 09-04-2016, 01:30 PM
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Would you be able to half-lease a horse at the barn you take lessons at now?

That way you could ride a couple times a week in addition to the lesson, likely you will improve greatly with the additional rides. Plus, if the lesson cancels you still have the lease horse available.

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She doesn't have any horses available for lease, even part time, unfortunately.
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post #23 of 50 Old 09-04-2016, 02:02 PM
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maybe put out an add for a half lease. there are alot of old school masters that are sitting around looking for the next person to work will. i have one myself but he needs light work only. if a little girl wanted to lease him i would let them. or maybe someone just dose not have enough time you know? but i was mostly inexperienced in horse ownership when i got my mare 5 years ago. i have now acquired my fiances 3 so we have 4 lol!
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Also if you intend to keep your horse at home there is a large capital investment in infrastructure plus you will need some kind of companion for your horse (another horse is ideal).

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post #25 of 50 Old 09-04-2016, 02:34 PM
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I'm just going to throw this suggestion out there:

Since your OP states that your parents would rather buy you a horse because it's cheaper than lessons (which I don't really believe), then what if you did work for the barn out there in exchange for a discount on lessons? Of course, I don't know exactly how far it is away from you since you said it's the only one in 60 miles.

Also, you might could find cheaper lessons near you that don't advertise. You'd have to find them through word of mouth. You could contact other people in the horse community around you and see if they know anyone offering lessons or know of anyone who'd be willing to offer a lease on their horse.
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post #26 of 50 Old 09-04-2016, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by LaikaDoodles View Post
Actually, I would love to have a horse and have wanted one since I was little (who hasn't here though? Haha) but I'm worried my inexperience would make it nervous or unhappy. If it counts for anything, my mom grew up raising horses so she's experienced but not in the shape to ride. Also, in our situation, we actually have taken account of boarding and vet bills as well as the cost of just a horse, and we wouldn't be able to board it at the lesson school for several reasons: high cost, unavailability, and the fact that she keeps up to four horses in <1 acre lots. There are other cheaper boarding stables available nearby. I have another year of high school left (no, I was not held back) and I may go to school in state (just for money reasons, I'd rather go to Duke).
This may be a little off topic, but my parents are also considering this because I've had a rough year and need something to keep myself busy and look after.
Thank you all for the great replies!

Now that you have given some more information, I suggest waiting awhile before getting your own horse. Know what your plans will be after High School and how a horse might fit in then. For now maybe you could get a P/T job or even volunteer at one of the stables closer to you and get some experience working with horses. This would give you a chance to learn and give you some confidence. Unfortunately riding lessons seldom focus on anything other than riding, and while that is important it doesn't always prepare someone for ownership. BTW, it's very thoughtful and generous of your parents to consider buying you a horse.
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post #27 of 50 Old 09-04-2016, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I don't know why you don't believe me and my parents when considering costs. My mom's an accountant.
Lessons are inconsistent and $50 per half hour. To put in the time to improve only through lessons would be very costly. I haven't found any other instructors or horses for lease nearby, but perhaps I should put out an ad.
Thank you for responding though :)
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That's a good idea about working for experience. We have to groom, tack up, and wash down the horse during our own time, but I dont think that really counts for real experience.
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post #29 of 50 Old 09-04-2016, 03:52 PM
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i think with cost the OP is trying to say that they drive FAR away for lessons that are $100 an hour and half the time she has to track DOWN the trainer to even find out IF she is having a lesson that day or if its cancelled. not so much cheaper money wise (though i pay about 200 a month a horse for feed and board) it is more worth it in the long run to just have her own horse and see it daily and learn more that way.
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post #30 of 50 Old 09-05-2016, 12:43 AM
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It's great that you'd like to get a horse. However, it is very expensive. Vet bills, farrier, dental, etc. Plus tack & whatnot. Since unfortunately no horses where you ride are available for lease, I agree with posting an ad or looking at other places closer to you to see if they have any horses you could potentially lease. Leasing is really good and would give you the experience without the extra bills. I'm currently leasing right now because I'm still paying rent & I don't have the extra money to own a horse. I still get the benefits of riding, grooming, bonding, etc but without the extra stuff, vet bills farrier etc is all taken care of by the owner. It's up to you, but I'd lease to may even be able to 'lease to own'!
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