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post #1 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Riding for 8 months now

I am 36 and have been riding for 8 months now I feel I need to buy a horse as when I feel I start to learn some thing new the 45 mins lesson finishes

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post #2 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 02:09 PM
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You do not need to own to continue learning.

Without much information to go off of, I would speak to your coach about more lessons (assuming you currently take 1 per week?). Also, you may want to look into doing a lease before you fully commit to owning. Your coach may have horses available for this - most lesson barns will have lease horses available to students when they are ready.
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post #3 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 02:10 PM
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Leasing a lesson horse is a good option, if you can practice what you learned in your lesson you will progress much faster.

You could check with your lesson barn to see if any of them are available to lease.

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post #4 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 02:24 PM
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I agree with leading. You'll probably "outgrow" the horse you buy as you develop your skills. Save yourself the heartache and lease a horse that works for your current skill level.
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post #5 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 05:00 PM
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Leasing a horse is an awesome option!! I have done that for my children when I didn't have a suitable horse for them to ride. No need to make a long term commitment as they outgrew them. Sometimes you can even get a horse on a free lease which is an awesome option. It is much like owning your own horse.
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With 8 months of experience I doubt you've got enough 'under your belt' to deal with a horse of your own that isn't a dead-head school master and if you end up with a horse like that it'll eventually be out grown...

How many lessons per week do you take? Are they private, or in a group? My instructor can introduce something new during a lesson and then we work in it continuously until we have it down... if your instructor is jumping from one concept to a different concept and not working on any sort of continuity in your lessons you might have a problem.

Does your barn offer 'free ride' days? Where you can pay to practice what you learned in your previous lesson? Or lease packages?
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post #7 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 05:37 PM
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You've only been taking lessons and riding for 8 months. That doesn't just make you a newbie, it makes you a green as grass, completely inexperienced newbie when it comes to actual ownership.

As the others have stated, try leasing first. If you want to get a good idea of actual ownership, try full leasing with you being completely responsible for all boarding, vet and farrier care.
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post #8 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 07:12 PM
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I bought a horse after I'd taken lessons 2x a week for 3 months. Best thing I ever did. She's 12, well-broke but still lively, and very forgiving. I've come a long way on her back, and I adore going to the barn whether I ride or not. I highly recommend it, IF you have the money for all the vet expenses and tack, and IF you plan to make riding a lifetime commitment, and IF you plan to continue your lessons to improve your riding and handling skills. It's a WAY bigger commitment than just taking lessons, for sure, but also gives you more chances to ride and therefore the chance to improve faster.
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post #9 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 07:57 PM
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Welcome to the forum! This is a great place for you to use as a tool in your journey as a potential new horse owner.

I can see how you feel like you need more riding time and I don't blame you for wanting your own horse at all. My suggestion is to do the research and ask the questions that you may have while you figure how what type of horse, breed, discipline etc. You'll also want to consider where you will keep the horse, at your house, a boarding facility, or a private place etc.

What are you doing now as far as riding, what types of lessons are you taking? Let's play match the horse to the rider...

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post #10 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 08:43 PM
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I think riding a variety of different horses is a great thing to set you up for success when buying your own horse. I was lucky enough to volunteer/work at a horse trekking outfit where i learnt a lot about tacking up different horses, riding and general caring. There was an arena for lessons also and i noticed that people coming in for lessons would either get given a horse based on their experience to ride then get attached to that horse or just a have a preference of horse on arrival. It's great to build a relationship with one horse but people tend to compare their 'amazing schooled lesson horse' to a new one they get and just like people all horses are different and will definitely not be themselves for a bit when they settle in with a new owner/ grazing :) Best of luck!!
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