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post #1 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Questions about horse ownership!

Hey all! It's so nice to find such an informative forum! I was wondering if you'd be able to answer a question? I have been taking lessons for about a year -- and loving it!!--, and I think I want to get a horse (well, I know I want to, but it does seem a little daunting). Do you have any good horsekeeping or horse ownership tips? Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 09:13 AM
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Have you read the post at the top of the New To Horses forum. World of information, tips, and suggestions there. Nothing that I could add.

https://www.horseforum.com/new-horses...-horse-191081/
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I do have another question, for anyone who might like to add:
Is it better to lease a horse or to buy one?
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 10:21 AM
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There are pros and cons of both leasing and owning, emma.
If you are unsure of owning, you could find a "lease to buy" option . . .
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 10:24 AM
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with leasing you usually are not responsible for the bills, unless stated like vet, ferrier etc, so that is a plus, a minus is you have to go by their schedule to visit the horse/ ride the horse etc
with owning you can do whatever you want, whenever you want(unless your barn has hours etc) but you are responsible for all the bills and upkeep

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 11:19 AM
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I think before you seriously consider getting your own horse you need to decide what direction you want your riding to go. You may ride well enough now after a year of lessons that you could find the right horse for yourself but will it be right for you in another year or so when your riding improves? Also, many of us have started out riding one discipline and then decided to take up another. I started out riding hunt seat, then became interested in western, then dressage. I also was interested in showing as a junior and was over that by the time I was eighteen and became more interested in trail riding. There is nothing wrong with being unsure of where you want to go or changing your mind, but it does affect the type of horse that you need to look for.
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 11:20 AM
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With only a year of riding under your belt, I'd suggest leasing first. It's likely that, in the near future, your goals/etc will change and if you jump into horse ownership now, your purchase and goals may no longer align.

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post #8 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 11:38 AM
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I could not enjoy my horse to the extent I do if leasing because bonding with him is a very big part of both my efforts and enjoyment.

That said, leasing still has some advantages. I guess it's a personal perspective in some ways. I don't really want to ride someone else's horse nor do I want someone to ride mine.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, everyone, for your very helpful replies!
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-05-2015, 04:00 PM
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I would definitely go with leasing before you buy. 1 year of experience is not a lot, and you don't want to end up buying a horse that's not right for your experience level, which will lead to both you and the horse being unhappy. Lease a horse, take more lessons, maybe wait a while before you buy :)

Good luck!
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