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post #11 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Best of luck and please keep us updated on how things go when you get your license! We'd love to hear about your horse journey!
Thank You for your advice RedDunPaint! I will certainly start a journal once I get my license and start moving closer to my dream. Also I love your name! Is that an actual color? It sounds gorgeous!

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post #12 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 08:49 PM
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You betcha! But after looking at info about them, and riding a couple, I've decided I like heavy set horses better (from that experience at least). Like you said, expectation vs reality. In reality, a hot little zipper is probably not my dream horse. <3 With something as important as a first horse, changing your mind is a given! If I'd never have changed my mind from the first horse breed I wanted, I'd be stuck on an akhal-teke!
More power to you, my friend! Yes, the feeling is very different in every way. Same horse for different people can either feel hard work or very natural to move and deal with. It's like asking a person with a very fast walk (me) to walk very slowly all the time - that's how I feel with a slower horse vs. forward going. Experience has taught me exactly what kind of horse I'm able to connect with. Feel free to change your mind as much as it takes. :)
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post #13 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 09:15 PM
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More power to you, my friend! Yes, the feeling is very different in every way. Same horse for different people can either feel hard work or very natural to move and deal with. It's like asking a person with a very fast walk (me) to walk very slowly all the time - that's how I feel with a slower horse vs. forward going. Experience has taught me exactly what kind of horse I'm able to connect with. Feel free to change your mind as much as it takes. :)
Hmm, funny thing actually. I'm a fast paced person too, zipping around and hating when people ask me to be slow. But, I like steady, slower horses? Maybe it's an opposites-attract sort of thing! I like the anchor like feeling of those big animals, and fast (bouncy and excitable) ones make me feel too down-in-the-void, too real, and too chaotic. xD

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post #14 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 09:52 PM
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I never say this; I never do. BUT I wouldn't get a horse, if I were you. Not from what you have said your goals are.

All I ever wanted in life was a horse of my own... and, I got one, when I was... um, maybe 28? And I loved him dearly, and he was awesome, but it took all of my time and all of my resources to maintain him. Bye-bye any intensive lessons, bye-bye any thoughts of becoming a really advanced rider; all I did was work, go home, muck, groom, feed.

I chose his sire, I was there when he was born, and I trained him myself, which was a great experience. And we would go on rides - sometimes 20 miles or so - but I didn't have time or money for any serious lessons - I had to work! And any extra time was spent with my horse (and his adopted pony buddy, Macaroni) and my dogs.

Not that I was a fabulous rider with far-reaching dreams, which I threw away - but owning an expensive horse (they all are) with mediocre athletic abilities stopped any chance I might have had.

If I had your ambition and dreams, I would pour all of my resources into riding, riding, riding, working in barns, attending seminars, and so on. Then, when you get a horse, (and I'm sure you will), it won't be one which will hold you back or one that you will swiftly outgrow, and then either sell or relegate to a "lawn ornament".

Just my 2 cents... and worth about as much!
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post #15 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 10:15 PM
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First of all the fact that you realize the difference between knowledge and experience is wonderful!!

As far as if you are ready... I would wait just a little longer. Make sure you have the job, like the job, the job is earning you enough money, you will still have time for a horse with the job etc. Then maybe do a lease or a half-lease on a horse to get a taste of horse ownership and go from there. You might be ready for a horse and find "the one" right away or you might have a few lease-horses who have lessons to teach you before you find your horse to buy. Keep learning, working hard and looking for opportunities... everything will work out :)

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post #16 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 11:22 PM
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I absolutely love the maturity and reasonableness you have shown so far skimming through the comments. You seem very mature for your age!

I got my first horse when I was 14. It was a dream come true. I LOVED being at the barn, riding, grooming, just finally having my own horse was the most amazing feeling in the world after I had only had the occasional lesson and been to a few summer camps. Thankfully my parents were committed to the financial responsibility that having a horse involved. They didn't know one end of the horse from the other but they were willing to cover the cost to feed him and make sure he was healthy. As well as drive me there at least twice a week. Not all parents are happy to do that. (And there's nothing wrong with that).

Depending on your area, you may be surprised how many people are willing to let you exercise their horses for them. I only reccommend that AFTER lessons, though. Make sure that the barn you take lessons from prepares you for horse ownership/training and not just riding. Because many won't. Once you have been taking lessons for a few months a lease or partial lease option may be a great option for you! And take it from me: do not settle on your first horse. I did, and I regret it. I will say I learned a lot from the experience but it was not fair to the horse or me. We were not a good fit.

Patience my friend! Please keep us updated on your journey!
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post #17 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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post #18 of 37 Old 05-01-2017, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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post #19 of 37 Old 05-02-2017, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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I absolutely love the maturity and reasonableness you have shown so far skimming through the comments. You seem very mature for your age!

I got my first horse when I was 14. It was a dream come true. I LOVED being at the barn, riding, grooming, just finally having my own horse was the most amazing feeling in the world after I had only had the occasional lesson and been to a few summer camps. Thankfully my parents were committed to the financial responsibility that having a horse involved. They didn't know one end of the horse from the other but they were willing to cover the cost to feed him and make sure he was healthy. As well as drive me there at least twice a week. Not all parents are happy to do that. (And there's nothing wrong with that).

Depending on your area, you may be surprised how many people are willing to let you exercise their horses for them. I only reccommend that AFTER lessons, though. Make sure that the barn you take lessons from prepares you for horse ownership/training and not just riding. Because many won't. Once you have been taking lessons for a few months a lease or partial lease option may be a great option for you! And take it from me: do not settle on your first horse. I did, and I regret it. I will say I learned a lot from the experience but it was not fair to the horse or me. We were not a good fit.

Patience my friend! Please keep us updated on your journey!
Thank you so much horseylover1_1! I will certainly start a journal when the wheels start turning, and dreams start coming true! Until then, I'll work on getting those lessons.
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post #20 of 37 Old 05-02-2017, 09:35 AM
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I think it's great you have goals and you know that knowledge is not the same as experience- a lot of people don't!
I would just continue getting lessons, and keep learning. Hang around the horses, help feed, groom, etc. You will learn a lot.

I personally wouldn't get a horse yet, considering it is very time-consuming and extremely expensive. The cheapest part of getting a horse is buying the horse. You have to consider costs like vet bills, dental, farrier, etc. plus tack, and always have to have a lot saved in case something were to go wrong.
I wouldn't get a two-year old either.

Maybe try leasing first- I am leasing, I am 25. I don't have the money right now to actually own a horse. I still feel like he is mine because I ride him all the time and groom, help feed, etc. I just don't have the extra costs of owning him, so it works out.

:) Keep striving toward your goal, and just have fun! There is NO rush when it comes to getting a horse.
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