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post #11 of 26 Old 08-18-2015, 02:49 AM
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Yes money is always going to be a factor, but so long as you are committed and passionate about owning a horse than go for it! If you own a horse and you feel like its a physically hard and time consuming activity than its obviously not for you. And the amount of money you choose to spend on a horse is totally up to you! You don't have to get the best of everything! Just the basics :)

Maybe try some lessons or leasing first if you don't already. That way you'll get a real understanding of what owning a horse is like.
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post #12 of 26 Old 08-18-2015, 04:20 AM
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Originally Posted by HBMic View Post
I was curious what other horse folk felt were the top three annoying, aggravating, painful parts of owning (or leasing) a horse?

I don't own a horse and am still new to this world. I would assume one factor would be the need to purchase all sorts of tack when you first start out.
Painful: Saying goodbye, and making the decision to put a horse down.

Annoying: When you and your horse have an "argument" and the day has been totally unproductive

Aggravating: Hay season, barn drama (even if you live at home and do-gooders stop by to tell you ALL about what you're doing wrong ), spending money on stuff that ISN'T about horses, rain, hay, the inevitable: "Why did you decide to waste ALL of the bedding in one hour?! And did you REALLY just tear down brand new fencing?!?!" I could go on but I'll stop there.

But it's all worth it and I wouldn't trade it for the world!!
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post #13 of 26 Old 08-18-2015, 06:24 AM
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Annoying: When you and your horse have been working great but all of a sudden it goes to hell.
Aggravating: Some horse people
Painful: Watching your horse injured or saying goodbye
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post #14 of 26 Old 08-18-2015, 11:30 AM
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Painful - Definitely making the decision to put any pet down.

Annoying - Flies. Definitely flies.

Aggravating - Barn drama - my horse is a mustang who I've only had for less than 6 months and am in the process of training her. All the other boarders are competitive rodeo peeps who think my horse is worthless just because she is a mustang and isn't fully trained yet. I HATE it when they 'think' they are helping me by telling me to return my mare to the BLM and just go buy a well broke one.

I actually like shopping for tack and equipment, although my checkbook would not agree with me. :)
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post #15 of 26 Old 08-18-2015, 05:16 PM
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Agreed with others, cost is a big one. My feed bill alone is often $1000+ a month (but I have a herd of around a dozen).

That moment when you lose one (either planned or unplanned) is heartbreaking.

Frustrating horses that decide to be obnoxious or suddenly "forget" their training/manners.

But, like others said, it's all worth it .
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post #16 of 26 Old 09-09-2015, 01:49 AM
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Leasing = painful to not be in full control over what's best for your horse, especially as it ages and needs additional care. That's why I will never lease again.

In general tho:

Painful = watching other people passively neglect their animals, having a horse go lame, putting a horse down.

Annoying = flies, horses pooping in their water/grain feeder.

Aggravating = when other people borrow your stuff and you have to hunt around for it every time.
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post #17 of 26 Old 09-09-2015, 02:20 AM
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top 3 annoying and top 3 aggravating...
people whom go around telling lies about me, my place, and other horse people I know
people whom think that they can come onto my property and tell me what to do
people who tell me to put my horses down or sell them because they are not ridden

being told I abuse my horses.. (really old and crippled out on pasture , fed , etc ) because I dont ride them ..

being told I am a hoarder because i let my old horses live out their lives naturally.

being told I am crazy because I have all these animals.

hardest .. deciding when to euthanize .
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post #18 of 26 Old 09-09-2015, 09:30 AM
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For me the most annoying is having to work or have other commitments when the weather is perfect for riding and having it be too hot, rain, or the flies too bad when I have plenty of time.

Saying goodbye is the most painful even if it is having to sell a horse you would rather not.
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post #19 of 26 Old 09-09-2015, 10:48 AM
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Painful - as most have mentioned, having to let go
Aggravating/annoying - mud season, flies, unexpected vet bills, finding out tha my very comfortable dressage saddle that fits me beautifully does not fit my horse, crowded indoor arena at night in the winter
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post #20 of 26 Old 09-09-2015, 03:08 PM
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I think the top painful for me is either putting a beloved horse down or watching them be in incredible pain and not being able to help.

Also, least for me, is watching a good friend go through the grieving process of loosing their horse that you knew too and loved.
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