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post #11 of 16 Old 04-20-2016, 12:39 PM
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As for exercising both, you could learn to pony the second horse and you could switch at your halfway point and ride the ponied horse and pony the riding horse back. Sort of confusing but you probably get the point.

I have two riding mules, one close to retirement and the other with 60 days training (she is six), I ponied the green mule many miles on trails, and roads exposing her to wooden bridges, water crossings, railroad tracks (and trains gulp). She has now been on two camping trail rides (3 days each) and has been a gem.

Oh, and while ponying her, I filled her saddle bags with empty pop cans, hung crinkly slickers off of her and dangled my chinks and what ever else I could find to desensitize her. Best decision I ever made was to do all of this.

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post #12 of 16 Old 04-20-2016, 12:46 PM
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If you don't have much time, wouldn't it make more sense cost wise to either take lessons or lease a horse a couple days a week?

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post #13 of 16 Old 04-20-2016, 01:58 PM
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I can see where you're coming from, but if you are at a barn which has the option to lease something, I'd maybe try that route first. At least get a sense of what you are looking for out of your second horse.

I love having more than one horse, but then again I keep mine at home. I bought my 2nd one to keep my first gelding company. He is a pasture puff and is not sound for riding. Then I bought my third horse as a project and potential riding horse. I find that the time management is the hardest. I like spending time with each of them, but I find it difficult to spend time with each, plus keep on top of every day things like yard & house work (plus ME time). Oh...not to mention my full time job :)

I'd recommend leasing first. This way you'll also get a true sense of the extra time a 2nd horse will take up.
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-20-2016, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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If you don't have much time, wouldn't it make more sense cost wise to either take lessons or lease a horse a couple days a week?
This is a great point. I asked in the comments if anyone thought leasing would be a better option but I've heard horror stories so I've always been nervous to try it. I know typically it's the horse owner who gets screwed but I'd hate to be responsible if something happens. I guess I should look into leasing contacts a bit more and see what's available. Unfortunately lessons in my area often require your own horse or are ridiculously priced (I know that sounds silly lol horses are expensive and realistically the lessons are cheaper than owning but call me cheap, I just can't fork out hundreds of dollars on lessons alone lol)
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-20-2016, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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You have all given me excellent points to think about. I think I'm going to research leasing and go from there. Someday I'll have my second horse. Maybe sooner, maybe later but there are definitely some things I still need to thoroughly think about. Thanks a million! I knew you guys would be helpful :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-28-2016, 12:43 PM
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Can you just take lessons on a more advanced horse without leasing? If you can only get to the barn once a week, are you sure it's worth it to lease? We have one horse and are looking for another, but we will be keeping them home so I feel two horses is a minimum, otherwise our current horse would get lonely. But I'm at the barn every. single. day. Often twice a day. Yet my daughter takes lessons at a lesson barn on one of their horses. It cost the same for a lesson whether she's using her horse or a lesson horse and she can do things with the lesson horse that she can't with ours. So for 35$, she gets a lesson on a different horse. I'm not out much money and it keeps her happy.

Seems to me if there was the option to do one lesson a week on a lesson horse without going through the expense of leasing (because with a leased horse, you'd still have to pay for the lessons right?), it would make more sense for you. And you're not committing to anything in the long term.

One day, your kids will be older and you'll have more time. Maybe then, it will make sense to get a second horse.
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