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post #1 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm a fifteen year old girl and I've really been thinking lately about buying a horse, but I'm not 100% sure I'm ready. My parents are on board but say that I need more experience which I totally agree with. I've been riding for about 3 years all together (I had a 3 year break not that it was my choice). I know I still have much to learn and that's why I've made this thread. At what stage in your riding life did you get your horse? What are some of the necessities that I'll NEED to know? Thank you in advance for any answers, I really appreciate it.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 06:31 AM
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I got my horse when I turned 18 because my parents aren't particularly taken with horses. I would suggest and I think a lot of other people will as well to maybe lease out a horse first before buying just to get an idea of your responsibilities. I would also possibly get a part time job just so you can help out with paying.

I would also learn some horse first aid and the names of decent farriers and vets so that you're prepared.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 06:34 AM
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I got my horse at 18 but I would suggest you possibly lease out a horse before you buy one so you can get an idea. I would learn all you can about first aid, feet and just about everything.
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I got my horse at 18 but I would suggest you possibly lease out a horse before you buy one so you can get an idea. I would learn all you can about first aid, feet and just about everything.
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 06:50 AM
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I got my horse at 18 but I would suggest you possibly lease out a horse before you buy one so you can get an idea. I would learn all you can about first aid, feet and just about everything.
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 07:09 AM
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If your parents are on board and you have a trainer you work with, then I would start looking! Or at least talk with your trainer about what type of horse would suit your needs. And if something becomes available, whether a lease or for sale, then your trainer could help you evaluate if that horse would be a good match for you and help you with all other horse hiccups that come along, such as feeding, boo-boos, vaccinations, etc.
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 07:22 AM
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If your parents are on board and you have a trainer you work with, then I would start looking! Or at least talk with your trainer about what type of horse would suit your needs. And if something becomes available, whether a lease or for sale, then your trainer could help you evaluate if that horse would be a good match for you and help you with all other horse hiccups that come along, such as feeding, boo-boos, vaccinations, etc.
Adding to this get a vet check on a horse before buying and even before leasing them.
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 12:12 PM
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Take your time. Start making a list of all of the things that you need. From a brush to vet services. Go over the list with your parents so they know what the costs and care that will be needed. No surprises. Make a list of what you want to horse to be and do. Talk with your trainer. Get a part time job working at the stables. You will learn and if you earn a little money, it will help with the later bills. Go slow. There are so many horses that are purchased by first looks. We want you to be happy and the horse to be happy. This is a big step. Good luck.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 12:27 PM
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It depends. Are your parents knowledgeable about horses? Are they willing to help with the work and cost involved in looking after a horse? Where are you going to keep your horse? If your parents are "horsey", then you might think about getting a horse now (assuming you are willing to sacrifice the time and money to look after it), but if they are not, I would wait.

I had ponies since I was 5, but they were boarded. I got my first real horse (a QH) when I was 12 and he lived in our backyard. My parents were totally clueless about horses and in fact, they were afraid of him. I would not recommend this. I was completely overwhelmed and they couldn't help in the least. I also didn't have anyone nearby who could help advise me when issues came up. I read a lot of books and magazines (this was pre-Internet) but I did a lot of things wrong and it was really hard. It took me 20 years to even think about getting a horse again after that experience.
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post #10 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 12:51 PM
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Buying your first horse is a big step and I am pleased to hear that you want to give it some careful thought. The first thing is to consider what direction you want your riding to go. If you want to go into showing the horse that is right for you now may not be right in a few years. Also, what are your personal plans for the future ? Are you planning to go off to college? There is nothing wrong at your age to be unsure of your ultimate goal, but in that case leasing or a partial lease might be the way to go for now. There is nothing to be lost by waiting to buy as long as you continue to learn and add to your experience.
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