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post #1 of 16 Old 04-19-2016, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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A second horse

So I'm not new to horses however I'm still fairly new to owning (3 years now) and I'm considering a second horse. I do not want to get in over my head though. I'm currently boarding. My paddock has room for a second horse. My budget can afford it. Time wise I'm limited but I have full care board and devote every sunday at the minimum for horse time. What should I be considering besides the basics? What are pros, cons? Advice? Tips? The idea of having a second horse is exciting but I'm also completely aware it's not rainbows and butterflies. So lets hear it, the good, the bad, and the ugly of owning multiple horses...
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-19-2016, 07:02 PM
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It sounds like you have a solid idea of what it will take.
Personally, I think one day a week is too little for the average horse (that is, non-retired, adult horse), but I am also under the impression that many people spend less time with their horses than I traditionally have.

Can I ask why you're considering another horse? Will it fulfill some role that you current horse does not? Or are you wanting a second one for some other reason?

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-19-2016, 07:18 PM
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I think the big question is do you need a second one. What will that one bring to the table that your current one doesn't? Boarding with two horses can be a pain. Are you going to be lessoning on both horses, showing with both, ect. If I could rewind I would probably would tell myself to pass over Julius and wait until Blaze came along, not that I'd ever sell either now. Putting equal time into them is hard when you have a day job or school. The only reason I have two is that Julius can't jump and Blaze was a horse who came along extremely cheap for his talent.
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-19-2016, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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It sounds like you have a solid idea of what it will take.
Personally, I think one day a week is too little for the average horse (that is, non-retired, adult horse), but I am also under the impression that many people spend less time with their horses than I traditionally have.

Can I ask why you're considering another horse? Will it fulfill some role that you current horse does not? Or are you wanting a second one for some other reason?
Great questions. So my current mare is only sound for light riding and will most likely be a pasture puff soon/occasional lead line horse for my kids. As it is she's more the kids horse than mine. She also has earned her forever home so I couldn't part with her even though she's not meeting my current needs. I feel like my riding is as advanced as it will get riding her because I'm limited by her soundness issues. I also feel like if I had a horse that I can learn from that I'd be more motivated to get out and ride more. Plus I'd be getting something that could physically handle more than once a week riding. Then again twice the work may limit my time so I'll have to think about that more thoroughly. But to sum it up yes the new horse would serve a purpose that my current horse can not.
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I think the big question is do you need a second one. What will that one bring to the table that your current one doesn't? Boarding with two horses can be a pain. Are you going to be lessoning on both horses, showing with both, ect. If I could rewind I would probably would tell myself to pass over Julius and wait until Blaze came along, not that I'd ever sell either now. Putting equal time into them is hard when you have a day job or school. The only reason I have two is that Julius can't jump and Blaze was a horse who came along extremely cheap for his talent.
This.

I considered a second horse to learn on while my gelding was being broke out. It ended up not working out and it wasn't such a bad thing that it didn't work out. I hit hard times and suddenly I barely had the money for one horse, let alone two.

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post #6 of 16 Old 04-19-2016, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I think the big question is do you need a second one. What will that one bring to the table that your current one doesn't? Boarding with two horses can be a pain. Are you going to be lessoning on both horses, showing with both, ect. If I could rewind I would probably would tell myself to pass over Julius and wait until Blaze came along, not that I'd ever sell either now. Putting equal time into them is hard when you have a day job or school. The only reason I have two is that Julius can't jump and Blaze was a horse who came along extremely cheap for his talent.
I think I answered most of your questions above but a few great points; my biggest worry is time. I am not nor have plans to school or show my current horse. A second horse and I would definitely be looking into more advanced riding lessons but I'm not the show type. I like my leisurely trail rides. My current horse is basically retired so I'm looking for a working horse to teach me beyond what my current horse was capable.
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Oh and great question: do I NEED a second horse? Honestly probably not but I could benefit if I found the right horse as well
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If you've got one approaching retirement, then it's probably a good reason to at least be looking. Since yours is still currently rideable, you can take your time an find the perfect match. Then time shouldn't be as much of a problem since one will be retired and wont need to be ridden, just loved on.
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If you've got one approaching retirement, then it's probably a good reason to at least be looking. Since yours is still currently rideable, you can take your time an find the perfect match. Then time shouldn't be as much of a problem since one will be retired and wont need to be ridden, just loved on.
This is what I was thinking but I didn't want to be blinded by the excitement of a second horse. I'm definitely going to take my time looking around if I decide a second horse is the right choice for me. Thanks to this forum I've learned the worst thing you can do is jump in head first. I'm curious if anyone thinks I might benefit from leasing instead?
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-20-2016, 06:06 AM
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My own experience with one owner, two horses (or more!) is that it doesn't just double the work, it quadruples it! Your situation is a bit different since your first horse is getting close to retirement and getting a second makes sense.

Especially when you are working full time you will find your time, money and energy becoming strained. I work with my horses at least 3-4 times a week but often don't have time to do everything with them that I want to. There is much less relaxing downtime.

If stabled together, your two will become attached to each other and often at least one of them will become somewhat buddy sour and not want to be separated. Nice that they now have a steady companion but sometimes a pain when the other one is calling out when their buddy leaves.

My horses watch and watch when I am giving attention to the other, almost a look of envy that they are not getting the attention. It's comical!

On the plus side, you always have an extra horse to ride in case of injury or illness and if you want to take a friend riding there is always an extra available.
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