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post #11 of 12 Old 10-22-2016, 09:53 AM
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Leasing is a great way to "try out" horse ownership, especially if the horse you lease is in a lesson barn & you can take lessons on your horse. I bought a horse after about 6-8 months of lessons, thinking I'd be fine since I owned horses as a kid (until age 13 or so). I was NOT fine and I've really relied on my trainer and the other boarders a lot for answering all of my stupid questions to things I didn't know I didn't know. In the lease, you can get a good feel for if you are ready for ownership. As for the $, I think a horse costs about twice as much as I expected per month. Pretty much board x 2 by the time you add in the other stuff.
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post #12 of 12 Old 10-22-2016, 10:56 AM
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You should probably add child care costs in to cover the times you will be riding or attending your horse. Personally, I think 2.5 is way too young for a kid to get into horses IF his parent is a raw beginner. Highly experienced people can get their kids around horses at an earlier age, but a person who is a beginner herself may be setting up for a disaster by involving a child. Two former boarders at my barn did this and a toddler ended up injured badly in once case and a preschooler was injured in another case. Horses are BIG.
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