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post #11 of 32 Old 01-14-2015, 09:17 PM
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It's understandable that you want more riding time. However, owning a horse isn't just about getting to ride. It's going to expand into so much more then just riding. Do you know anything about feed requirements, deworming, hoof trims, blanketing etc? Do you realistically understand the time and money involved with it? Do you know what discipline you want to ride or are you still figuring that out? For instance, if all you want to do is recreational or trail riding, then you will likely not "grow out of" a horse as easy. But if you are wanting to be competitive in eventing, contesting or another discipline than waiting may be a better idea. If you have knowledge and experience of what's involved with owning horses and have the money and time for it and don't feel like you will "grow out of" a horse, then go for it!

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post #12 of 32 Old 01-16-2015, 02:26 PM
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Try leasing first, or taking two or more lessons a week. Owning a horse is a huge commitment that a lot of people don't realize. (Though it is a wonderful commitment!) And there is always the opportunity to volunteer at your barn or say a local horse rescue if you want to gain more knowledge.
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post #13 of 32 Old 01-17-2015, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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the other issue is that i feel i have no more time left in life I mean I am 36 so I should do things quickly and I cant get myself do anything else then think about horses ---I cant afford a pedegree but I can get spend 2-3 thousand dollars and approx livery is 200 dollars with the hay etc
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post #14 of 32 Old 01-17-2015, 04:11 PM
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You're not out of time. Don't rush or you'll end up with the wrong horse for you. You simply don't have enough experience (yet) to own your own horse.

Have you LOOKED at leasing options?
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post #15 of 32 Old 01-17-2015, 04:16 PM
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sorry I just have to laugh... 36 and out of time....

These days living to 76 is a reasonable expectation, i.e. you have more years left than you've been alive.

A year or two learning wth you're doing isn't going to make any difference in the big scheme of things and will certainly help you avoid all the dumb mistakes that can be made.
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post #16 of 32 Old 01-17-2015, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by iayyub View Post
the other issue is that i feel i have no more time left in life I mean I am 36 so I should do things quickly and I cant get myself do anything else then think about horses ---I cant afford a pedegree but I can get spend 2-3 thousand dollars and approx livery is 200 dollars with the hay etc
You still have loads of time, I bought my first horse at 44 years old..don't do things too quickly!
The price of the horse is nothing compared to the cost of keeping one.
You would be better investing in additional lessons for now as it will be cheaper than buying a horse !
Ride a lot of different horses, try some more difficult ones. Learn stable management as you will need it when you will buy a horse.
If you are lucky your horse will not have any health problem but I see a lot of people not being to ride their horses from weeks to months because of lameness or other problems that can develop so it doesn't mean you will be able to ride all the time. I could not ride my horse for a 1-2 months because the first saddle I purchased did not fit correctly so it was hurting my horse's back. I had to get a chiro and a physio to rectify the problem and now I only use a qualified saddle fitter.

Other costs : farrier (every 6 weeks), livery, feed (if not included in livery), insurance, petrol, weekly lessons, saddle check (mine is every 6 monts), teeth (mine is every 6 months), physio (if back problems), vets fees (if not covered by insurance), vetting (when you purchase your horse).

Stuff you will need to buy: rugs, saddle, bridle, headcollar, lunging kit, first aid kit, grooming kit, buckets, saddle cloths, numnahs, stable tools, etc...
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post #17 of 32 Old 01-17-2015, 09:27 PM
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When a kid I was taking one 1 hour lesson a week, and after about a year I wanted more so I started doing two lessons a week and holiday camps, in the third year I started on three lessons a week and started riding other horses when I could. Then I got my own horse.

There is a lot to learn in lessons and riding more than once a week is going to help you learn more and prepare you for riding, and be cheaper than owning.

Looking at riding by months isn't always the best way of measuring time. Hours riding is more applicable. So you have approx 28 hours in the saddle. I'd personally reccomend about 100 before buying a horse if possible. That's one hour a week for two years or two hours a week for one year or four hours a week for 3 months.

You can get a horse suitable for a beginner but as others have said you are going to outgrow them pretty fast. I'd give it a little more time if I were you, so you have more options when you go to ride, and you're ready for the challenges of riding on your own.
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post #18 of 32 Old 01-17-2015, 09:44 PM
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SOOOOO not out of time. I'm 44. I had my first horse when I was 16, but I have been out of horses for over twenty years, only riding infrequently. I'm on my third leased horse in two years. I've had Copper for a year now. Third time is the charm. Copper is on track to move to my own property as a free lease. Her owner and I have already discussed the possibility that I may be able to buy her down the road. Her owner just wants to make sure Copper never winds up like so many horses do: abandoned, sold away, auctioned off, abused, and lost.

Do not rush. Lease something. Lease another thing. Lease another. When you find the horse that clicks with you, you'll know it. Copper isn't perfect, but she is perfect for me, and I'm finally in a place where I can own a horse again and treat it well. You have plenty of time.
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post #19 of 32 Old 01-17-2015, 09:49 PM
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and btw, I question the constant statements made about outgrowing a beginner safe horse. Beginner safe does not mean it's dead, a plug, unable to keep up with fancier mounts, or unsatisfying. My Copper is almost beginner-safe on the trail, and perfectly beginner safe in the ring. I can ride a more "exciting" horse, but really, Copper is my girl. She can be opinionated at times, but those moments are more embarrassing for her, since she doesn't seem to be able to do anything that isn't smooth and easy to ride. Was that a buck? Oh, that was cute. lol

Since when is a well-trained, well-behaved, well-mannered horse boring to ride?
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post #20 of 32 Old 01-19-2015, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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Exact time with lessons 6 months 3 lessons a week and now 1 lesson a week

I guess I need to explain more 6 months I had 3 lessons a week for 45 mins each and now for the last 2 months I have 2 lessons a week so that makes me like 66 hours of ridding.

The reason is why I want to buy a horse is that I just cant think of anything else except horses I am so hooked and cant find the right people to talk to about them-
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