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post #1 of 7 Old 11-05-2015, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Ready to own/lease a horse?

Hello,
i guess i should introduce myself, Im Bea, 13 years old (nearly 14) and live in australia. I am here to ask for more opinions than answers.
so i have been riding for about 1 year, and yes i know thats not long BUT in my lessons we do two hours, 1 hour riding, 1 hour 'theory' where we have learnt to rug the horses, tack them, groom them, know how to tell if they are healthy or if they are sick, we leant how to lead them, lunge them, mix the correct feed, and alot more EVERY time we ride we groom, tack up & off, rug them and feed them, then take them out to the paddocks, (i also volunteer for the RDA) SO my lessons arent just hop up onto a pre tacked horse, ride for a hour and then hop off and go home expecting to know everything. So im not the best rider in the would but im not terrible and i am getting alot better, and if i fall off (like last week) smack on my back and head from doing a jump at a canter well i Just get back on! My mum used to ride horses and i get her riding every now and then, i also have friends who own horses etc. So i am wondering would i be ready to maybe lease a horse or own one? We plan to move to a property with a minimum of 20acres but in the mean time im really wanting to get better at riding and ride / care more often. I dont want to just leap into the whole ownership thing without any experience. And for those of you wondering, YES i have costed everything and done alot of research. I also plan to pay for the majority of the costs, i am currently starting a business for hand-made brow bands and other horsey things. SORRY for such a long post but i wanted to write down as much a i could to prevent confusion.
Thank you and congrats if you read all this
Bea
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-05-2015, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Also thought i'd add that i ride a different horse every lesson varying from clydesdales, warmbloods and other smaller breeds. :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-06-2015, 05:36 AM
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I don't see why leasing wouldn't be a good idea.

Owning, on the other hand, comes with a whole load of responsibility, especially if your going to keep the horses on your property. Are your parents on board? What about when you go to college? Kiss vacations good bye. Another thing to consider is your still a "new" rider. What happens in a year from now when you outgrow your current mount?
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-06-2015, 05:54 AM
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Also kudos to you for being enrolled in such a lovely riding program!!
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-06-2015, 06:29 AM
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Leasing sounds like something you could handle. Is it possible for you to part lease one of your lesson horses?

Just a warning re making browbands - there are TONS of people out there that do that, and it's not likely that you'll make much of an income from it, if any. Sorry to sound like a bit of a downer, but it's extremely hard to make a horsey business that dozens of others aren't already doing.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-06-2015, 09:48 AM
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Even if you plan to contribute it really is your parents who will be taking on the responsibility of the horse. Just to drive you there and pay stuff that pops up like dental, vet etc. unfortunately selling brow bands probably won't cut it.

I remember when I was a kid and had a horse my mum still had to go out everyday I was sick, every school camp, every sleep over or party. Even during normal times she would drive me out in the mornings to unruffled and evenings to rug.

If you can afford full board the responsibility is less but it's not all that common in Australia.

So what you've really got to do is sit down with your parents and work out what you can really do. It will be great if your business takes off but that's something your parents are going to have to to take the slack for. If you're planning to keep your horse somewhere you've got to talk to them about regular costs and extra costs and getting you out there etc.

If you plan to keep your horse at home there ad other responsibilities like fence and weed management to start with. It's more work than you'd think and things might not be as straightforward as you hope.

Whatever you do, be very selective with the horse you get. If you lease don't get anything green or inexperienced, get a horse that's taken people through pony club etc. if you buy be very selective as well. Don't let budget constrain your choices - you're going to need probably 3k+ to get yourself set up. So before you jump into this make sure your parents are on side.
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-06-2015, 10:13 AM
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I didn't see the hand making horse things part...

I tried to do the same. I make a pretty darn fine rope halter! I figured I could make them and sell them so off set the cost of my horses supplements. All I can say is that it was a nice thought! No one really buys them, presumably because they think that if it's hand made it must be a piece of crap. Also, I sell my halters for $25 each (that's with a 12 foot lead). When all is said and done I make about $8. It's really not worth it between the time, effort, shipping cost of the rope, and people who haggle prices down. Weaver or tough 1, on the other hand sell their halters for about $15.

The extra money might be nice for you, but it's not going to be a viable income to support a horse on!
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