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post #41 of 50 Old 09-10-2016, 11:20 AM
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I think a lease is a really good place to start. Then you could try out horse "ownership" without committing long-term. I will also add that it's really, really helpful to board at a place where you have support.

I thought I was ready to own a horse. I first leased a couple of horses and it was kind of a disaster. When you don't know what you don't know, things can go awry quickly. And I did ride from ages 5-13/14 so it's not like I had no experience. And we DID take lessons, but not on our own horses. (I'm in my 40's by the way).

Now, we own a horse, but we keep it in a training barn where we have a lot of support. Our horse has been in training off & on, and we take lessons on him. Without that support, this too would've been a disaster.

But, every situation and every horse is different. Buying a horse, making a mistake, and having to sell it is not the end of the world as long as you're willing to lose a bit of $ in the process.
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post #42 of 50 Old 09-10-2016, 01:46 PM
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It really might not be a bad idea.


You seem to be exercising all of your options, have an experienced horse woman in your life, and want to be dedicated.


I completely understand how you want to get more ride time with out having to pay 50 dollars for every 30 minute ride. Which granted boarding a horse and the care may be more expensive but your riding could improve quicker, you'll be able to practice what you learned from your weekly lessons during your other rides.


I jumped in and bought a horse, I guess I would say I wasn't ready back then but I did it. But through the years I learned how to be a better horse owner through experiences I would not of gotten outside of horse ownership.
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post #43 of 50 Old 09-10-2016, 04:56 PM
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That stinks you only have one barn within 60 miles!

The only time I would recommend buying a horse for a beginner rider is if they have an experienced horse person with them (or in the family) to help with daily care, training, and riding, as horses can, as you probably know, be unpredictable and dangerous, no matter how gentle they are. If you don't know a whole lot about horses to begin with, everything is going to go downhill pretty fast. Also, if your horse someday starts a bad habit, like kicking or spooking, you may not know how to correct it if you are an inexperienced horse person with no actual trainer to help you.


If you are buying a horse to save money, well, you are not going to save a dime. :) Before I bought my first horse I did some online research to figure out how much it would cost on average to own a horse. What those websites don't figure in is if your horse needs acupuncture or HA injections into his stifle... like mine does.

Do you know anyone in the area who has horses who may let you ride them and take lessons? They don't necessarily have to be a 'horse lesson barn;' just a local rider.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do, I know you will choose what's best for you and your whole situation. And if you do end up getting a horse, in the end they are worth it; no matter how much you spend, how much they hurt your feelings, or how much they act like a nutcase, they are worth ever penny, every tear, ever heartache, and every smile.
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post #44 of 50 Old 09-13-2016, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Good news!
I found an unadvertised stable very close by and have begun taking lessons with the owner, and she's amazing and knowledgeable and a simply wonderful teacher! Her lesson fee is much more affordable and for a full hour, and she gave me the option for coming over as often as I want to work to pay for lessons. Her place is quiet and clean and spacious - not hectic or busy like the other one. She doesn't have horses for lease at the moment, but she said many of the owners put up horses for half lease and she could inquire. She also said if my parents are still looking for a horse she would help us find the right match (for a fee, but not a huge one). She's honestly a Godsend.
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post #45 of 50 Old 09-13-2016, 11:50 PM
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Love a good news story
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post #46 of 50 Old 09-14-2016, 12:13 AM
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That sounds perfect!!
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That sounds great!!! :)
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Good news!
I found an unadvertised stable very close by and have begun taking lessons with the owner, and she's amazing and knowledgeable and a simply wonderful teacher! Her lesson fee is much more affordable and for a full hour, and she gave me the option for coming over as often as I want to work to pay for lessons. Her place is quiet and clean and spacious - not hectic or busy like the other one. She doesn't have horses for lease at the moment, but she said many of the owners put up horses for half lease and she could inquire. She also said if my parents are still looking for a horse she would help us find the right match (for a fee, but not a huge one). She's honestly a Godsend


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This is great news! It saves you money and travel time, and gives you more riding time and experience. You can now take your time and decide when you are ready for your own horse.
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post #50 of 50 Old 09-14-2016, 01:47 PM
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Fantastic news!

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