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post #1 of 23 Old 06-14-2014, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about buying a horse

Hi all! I'm new to the forum and I just came to learn everything I can about horses. My friend has two horses that are just amazing so in a few years I'm thinking about buying a horse. I already read the sticky about buying horses so now I just want any advice. I don't ride a lot but I'm going to start taking lessons, and next year lease a horse. I have a place where I'll provably be able to keep the horse (when I buy one) without paying rent. But just any info you have and advice would be just wonderful. I don't know if I'll even buy one but I just want to learn everything. Thank you!!
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One thing I can tell you is you will never learn everything about horses!

My advice is to take as many lessons as you can, to get hands on experience with handling and caring for horses and to enjoy.
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post #3 of 23 Old 06-15-2014, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! My friend told me where she takes lessons so I'll probably go there twice a week. Next year I might lease a horse too
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post #4 of 23 Old 06-15-2014, 12:48 PM
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It sounds like you're preparing well :) just make sure you don't rush into anything, horses are a BIG commitment! Leasing sounds like a good idea before owning, and definitely get lots of lessons before you even consider buying, good luck and have fun!
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I have a place where I'll provably be able to keep the horse (when I buy one) without paying rent.
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I wouldn't use this to determine affordability whether you are leasing or buying. Situations can change quickly and you would need to have a back up that includes being able to afford a reasonable barn rent. Learn all you can and enjoy!
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Well that was my other question, my friend said it costs about 1100 dollars a year for a horse without having to board it. Is that a fairly good estimate? I think it'll be at least three years before I even think of actually buying a horse.
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That all depends on where you are at and your situation. For me with multiple horses on large acreage and only buying feed and/or hay part of the year, being able to do most of the care myself including worming, shots and trims I had it figured out to be $52 a month per horse. That said last year my vet bills were $5500 between three horses. If I had to board or supplement more of the year my costs would be quite a bit more.
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start saving money now. practice financial restraint now, so that you'll know how to deal with it in a couple of years time when you must provide for a horse, no matter what.
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Since you're not going to buy straight now, here's my advice: make as much experience as you can, visit different places (not just one barn), read, read and read more, so you can form your own opinion on many things.

In time you'll notice that there are very few things about horses that everyone agrees on. What to feed, what tack to use: just those two things can generate flaming fights between people who have very strong opinions about them. Multiply for everything.
What are the priorities when you own a horse? For some, priority is having a nice barn with a good instructor and a well kept arena, so they can train all year and be competitive at shows.
For some others top priority is having a bombproof horse that they can leave in the paddock and ride once in a month.
For some people number one priority is finding an instructor who teaches their favorite training method (if we talk about training methods, flaming fights don't begin to cover it, we may talk about wars…)

A lot of people learn to ride at just one barn, and they tend to take the instructor's word as a undeniable truth. This can be very good or very bad, depending on the instructor, but no instructor on earth knows the true truth of horse-keeping and training. They may have methods that work, and work well, but that doesn't mean that everything else is wrong.

That's why you should learn more: the bit is not just something that needs to be in the horse's mouth: there are reasons to use a bit, reasons to not use a bit, and different reasons to use different bits, and no reasons on earth to use some bits. Knowing the difference will help you when you'll have to decide what to buy for your horse. And this is just the bit. There is all the tack, and the place where the horse will live, and the way you'll ride him, and what farrier/vet/trainer to trust, and what to feed… and I haven't even started to talk about the different types of horses and which one can be the right one for you.

Sooo a lot of things to think about ;)
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My main goal of riding is just to be fluid with the horse, I want a horse for trail riding and to be a companion. I just got a bunch of books at a library and have found multiple places to take lessons. I think I want to try quarter horses but I'll try everything I can. Thank you for the advice!!
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