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post #1 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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So I'm fairly new(ish) at riding and caring for horses but I want a horse.

I have been riding for a year now have mostly ridden slow easy lesson horses some harder than others. Jumped a foot in the ring can groom and lead a horse (I ride english). I want to join the pony club/ 4H and do show jumping and own a horse. I'm a newbie when it comes to horse care but better when comes to riding anyway I need help. Quick good instructions on tying a horse would be useful and some links to other posts please post these if you can. Could a horse live in a paddock with daily vists and rides? What are some of the best foods to feed your horse? I'm thinking of getting a throughbred anything I should know about them. If there is something people think I should know please tell me. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 05:05 AM
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Honestly I would be be leasing or part leasing a horse under supervision based on your questions first before you even think of buying.

Riding and owning two VERY EXTREMELY different things.
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 05:13 AM
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It sounds like you don't really know enough for horse ownership quite yet.

You need to make sure that you're up to the financial and time responsibilities of a horse. They can live in a paddock fine, as long as it's well fenced and with some sort of shelter. Likely your horse will need feeding some or perhaps all of the year as well as a supplemental feed for nutrition purposes. The horse will still need hoof and dental care, as well as vet.

The major tip I have for you is to buy the right horse. One that is trained and experienced with novice riders. Most horses are not suitable for this, and many that are suitable for jumping, pony club etc with a novice rider are highly sought after. I wouldn't not recommend a Thoroughbred as a first horse. While they're are some that are suitable there are many that are not. They have a reputation for being high maintenance and quite sensitive which don't sound like characteristics you would want.

Talk to your riding instructor to work out if you're ready to own a horse, and what sort of horse you should look for.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 07:05 AM
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Is there any way you can add horse care to your lessons? Riding, grooming and leading are purely basics and with just those under your belt, you really don't have the knowledge to own and take care of your own horse. See if you can pay your instructor to take you further in your knowledge with the goal of owning your own. If you have a good one, they will tell you when you are ready and probably help you find the perfect horse.

Working with/or for a horse owner would give you a realistic picture of what it's like and the sacrifices that must be made. Do you have anyone at the stable where you ride that you can work for and learn from? Are there horses for lease where you can contribute time to their care?

Even for those of us with decades of experience, owning a horse can be a hardship-time, money and pure work. You really don't want to actually hurt or neglect a horse you buy just from pure lack of knowledge. Horse ownership costs have been rising constantly-mine are costing me $2000 more a year than I was paying 2 years ago and I have not changed anything! These animals are incredibly expensive and that's without the unexpected vet bill!

There are some great, calm, sensible TBs out there and OTTBs are extremely cheap but in general, they are the worst breed a beginner/novice can buy.
I love them myself but in general they are hard keepers and most are extremely high strung. If they come straight off the track, they will require transition training to become safe riding horses.

Gather your knowledge, ask questions, work with them with the goal in mind of buying one in the future. With what you know now, you'd do a horse more harm than good.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 11:02 AM
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I agree with the others. Getting a horse before you are ready could be compared to getting married before you are ready. Both would probably end up being a bad situation for everyone involved.

Set your goal to have your own horse in the future and do your homework now. Continue your lessons and improve your riding. I gained a lot of knowledge in my teens by donating my time at a few barns Some of it was hard work but I kept my eyes and ears opened and learned a lot. Talk to your instructor and possibly the barn owner where you ride and tell them that you would like to gain experience in horse care and see what could be worked out. Another thing that a first time horse owner should have is backup. If you are boarding your horse some of the responsibility is taken off you, otherwise it is important to have a few knowledgeable people that you can rely on.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 01:25 PM
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First off, you do not need to own a horse to be in Pony Club, I'm not sure about 4-H though.

I'm not trying to be mean, but you don't sound like you have enough experience to own a horse right now, or even lease one. I would ask (as already suggested) your instructor or a very experienced barn mate or stable hand to teach you all of the basics.

If, once you have enough experience and still want to own a horse, and are set on a Thoroughbred, I suggest contacting New Vocations, Friend's of Ferdinand, Canter, and/ or ReRun for a horse that is known to be beginner friendly and can do what you would like to do. These horses are mainly OTTB's and have been put through a retraining program and the staff know each horses abilities and rider level.

You are already on the right track by just asking, the more you ask the more you learn.
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Lease a horse. You can do pony club AND 4H without owning your own horse. You just have to use the same horse at the end of the year in 4H that you signed up with. Leasing will be the easy intro to horse ownership. Some leases are better at prepping you than others. Is there a horse where you take lessons that you can lease partial or full? That's usually the best way to go about it.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 06:05 PM
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If a new rider was at my barn and was eager to own a horse and learn, I'd sure let her learn with me and my horse. So my advice would be to find a nice lady (like me, ha ha), who has an easy going horse and ask her if you can brush her horse, lead her in and out of the paddock, tack her up, and just basically help out in exchange for the experience and answers to questions. You could learn a ton in just a few months.

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post #9 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 07:58 PM
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Just a note, not sure where the OP lives but I know that where I live, and probably throughout all of Australia at the very least (may not be relevant) you generally must own, or perhaps fully lease, a horse to be a part of pony club.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-02-2015, 09:34 PM
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From the questions you've asked, you are not ready to own. That's not meant as a bad thing at all, simply that you should gain as much knowledge as possible before considering owning. The "best" feed will depend greatly on your individual horse and it's needs - same as with people. Boarding situation will again depend on the individual horse - some horses are not good with 24/7 paddock board.

Also, do not limit yourself to one breed. Unless you are doing breed shows, there is absolutely no need to consider one specific breed, especially when you are still such a beginner. Your choice of horse should be a quiet one that can show you the ropes, rather than "this breed" or "that breed".

My advice to you is to see if your barn, or a barn near you, would take on a working student of sorts (these types of arrangements can vary depending on location as well as type of barn). Take as many lessons as you can, and make sure that whatever barn you are at (for lessons or work or volunteer) is also aware of your goals to someday lease or own so you need to get as much experience on the ground as well. Once you have done that, then look into a lease.
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