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post #11 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 02:02 PM
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At 15 I would suggest leasing until you are out of college.

Start with an in barn lease on the horse and then move up to a full care if you feel you are ready. This will give you the experience you'll need when you get a horse of your own, while giving you a safe fall back if something happens - you outgrow the horse in ability, you go off to college and can't take a horse with you, fall on financial trouble, etc..

I leased for all of my high school years, then had to take a couple year break from horses when I ended up out on my own and couldn't afford it. I got my first horse at 22, after riding and leasing for 12 years and still found I had a lot to learn when I actually had full care of my own horse. If I had gotten one in high school, I would have had to sell when I moved out on my own, because there was no way I could have supported a horse.
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-16-2015, 08:33 PM
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I think you'll find that whenever you get a horse it will be a steep learning curve. To get through that you need commitment, high levels of responsibility and strong and critical perspective. If you are one that shies away from challenges the horse world may be too confronting.

Beyond that, many people get horses at different skill stages. Some get one after six months of riding, others six years. Your "success" at horse ownership is going to depend a lot on getting a suitable horse and, if you are relatively inexperienced, having a good trainer.

If you don't feel that you're ready, by all means, don't buy. Be aware though that there isn't really a "ready" stage, lots of the essential things you learn while doing them. I would want any prospective owner to be able to handle a horse on the ground safely and confidently, to be able to rug, clean out feet, catch and have a working knowledge of feeding. For a ridden horse, I'd expect a new owner to be able to tack up safely and correctly, mount up and do basic walk/trot/canter in an arena, and be able to stop, turn and dismount quickly and effectively if needed. That would be my minimum.

Many people on here mention leasing, and leasing certainly can be a good introduction to ownership. However, in my experience leases are relatively uncommon, and safe and reliable private lease horses are rare. You may be able to lease through a riding school or trainer who has a range of novice suitable horses.

When I was 10 I managed to convince my parents to get me a lease horse. I'd been riding for two and a half years, with 1 - 2 lessons a week, and also a couple of holiday camps. We went looking around and all the lease horses we saw were generally untrained or green, and definitely not suited for a first horse. It was only after my parents realised this that they agreed to buy me a horse - it was, for us, a far safer option. So keep your eyes open for a lease if thats what you want, but still be very critical. The most important thing is the right horse, whether it's a lease or a buy, make sure it's right for you. To this end, get your trainer to assist in choosing one.
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-17-2015, 11:24 AM
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I think 3 years of consistent riding is enough to know you love the hobby and to have a basic understanding around horses (depending i guess on how much you ride during that time..). Definitely research and ask questions about what it takes to own a horse so you understand. There's a lot of sage advice that's easily accessible.

Considering your age, figure out what your plans are for college, etc. Many people end up selling horses when they go to college.. too much work (school/job/horse), or they move away and it doesn't make sense, or their parents don't help with the costs as much. If you think this might be you - it might be better to lease. Horses live a long time and despite many people buying/selling - it'd be nice to give yours a long haul (hopefully a life long one!) with you.

I don't think anyone truly feels 'ready'. I've been on the fence for years.. right now I'm riding 5x a week to see if that's something I want long term (because I feel if I own a horse I should be prepared to make a lot of time for it!).

And honestly - I don't think owning a horse makes any sense whats so over... (at least with the costs the way they are where I live) - I could pay a lot less a ride whenever I want w/o any REAL responsibilities.

but - sometimes you just want a horse that is yours, where you get to call all the shots, not answer to anyone - and you are tied together though the holy bonds of ownership. :) Sometimes I ask myself what am I thinking, but at the end of the day no matter what the price tag I want to be able to say "That horse is mine." (mine mine mine!!! all mine!! and no one will ever seperate us! :) :))
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Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-22-2015, 05:13 PM
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I owned my first horse when i was 18. Coming from a completely non horsey family and living in a built up suburb ment that even though i had wanted my own pony when i was 12, that was not going to happen. I finished college then got a job straight away. In the years i had been riding other peoples horses/ volunteering at a horse trekking outfit, my mum started to get into horses and still rides with me to this day. I think money is very important, as i only had the 1 horse on grazing, i bought another then tack for both (plus there are the ongoing costs). You can buy cheap gear but make sure it fits properly :) I think you should not be in a hurry to buy, really look around for something you can gel with and if you do buy i recommend jumping on within the first week of having the horse on your property (or grazing). Also someone to ride with is huge for me, and my mum helping picking up poo etc is fantastic. Good luck!
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post #15 of 18 Old 06-22-2015, 07:26 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't have been experienced enough to own a horse after being in the horsey world for 3 years especially at your young age. Great for you if you think you're ready, though. Sit down with your coach and parents to discuss the possibility of ownership and what it entails. Make sure to do LOTS of research.. Forums, books, etc. Make sure you are ready for the commitment! Best wishes!

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-26-2015, 10:49 PM
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I got my horse 2 months after turning 14 (I'm 16 now) and I was so far from ready. I was just horse crazy and settled. Not to say I don't love my mare, but she wasn't the best choice for me and we've had a lot of issues. She is physically limited in what she can do and basically eats money. Definitely wait! When you're ready, you'll know.
As for what you need to know prior to buying your first horse, you won't know until things happen. I suggest volunteering at a rescue or even leasing a horse.
How do you treat thrush? How often do you worm? How do you increase a horse's feed quantity? How do you help a colicking horse? How do you calm down/distract a nervous horse? How do you identify a lame horse? Can you feel when a horse has a swollen or hot leg?
Those are just a few questions that you should be able to answer without thinking.
Good luck (:
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-26-2015, 11:53 PM
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Very open-ended question, but generally:
-- When you have the time to ride, train and care for one
-- when you have the money to pay for one and all of it's issues
-- when you know that your time commitments/ location won't change for a relatively long time -- a few years, at least.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-27-2015, 10:44 PM
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I would be curious if you plan to board the horse or have it at your home. BIG difference. Clearly if you plan to have it at home, there is a lot more you will need to know. If you plan to board, what WE did was find a small family barn with only a very few boarders. Our BO was wonderful in helping us learn about horses- showed us how to worm, helped us find farriers, told us that horses love peppermints.. you know, the important stuff!
While I know a lot of folks recommend leasing a horse... I dont necessarily feel the same. I did, briefly... but the owner arranged the farrier, wormed him, etc etc- it was not the same as owning a horse. I now own 2, and the connection is totally different. To be able to leave at the end of the day is nothing like being responsible for the care of the horse, and the connection is very different if they are your own!
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