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Too inexperienced for getting a horse?? (please read)

Discussion in 'Horses - all breeds / types' started by Silverain, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. Silverain

    Silverain New Member

    Hi, my name is Bridget, I’m 14 and I’ve been riding for well over a year, lessons, pc, shows etc. I'm in a bit of a bad situation with the current horse I’m leasing and due to being so far away and the other problems I’m being faced with I’ve decided not lease this horse anymore. Instead I’m looking to buy. I'm well aware of the responsibility and constant care having/owning a horse requires. I've sorted out grazing, 35 acres 2 minutes down the road from where i live (my mums best friend who owns horses lives there) she has a brilliant farrier and vet (if i did get a horse). I'm currently looking a very quiet and laid back Clyde appy cross whose 15.2hh, hunts and treks. He is 7 and is very sensible, I rode him walk trot, canter, jump he was very happy and content even though we did not know each other. I’m 155cm tall and weigh 50kg. Am i jumping the gun in getting a horse and am I over horsing myself? Replies much appreciated.
  2. someday

    someday New Member

    The horse sounds like a good match, and if you feel comfortable on him, that's great. I would continue with pc and lessons and that should keep you on the right track with him and give you valuable knowledge that will be available to you if you run into a problem. The only concern would be the cost of keeping a horse. Is your mother willing to finance it? Are you going to be paying for his care? Remember to factor in feed, hay( even if he's on pasture, he'll need supplement in the winter), farrier costs, vet costs(emergencies can be expensive). Will you have the time to care for him every day, or will you be paying for boarding? Who will care for him if you go out of town?
    As you know, caring for a horse is a huge responsibility, but it you think you have the time and money, I think it will be fine. I bought a horse of my own when I was 14 and I still have him to this day, I'm now 25.
  3. Silverain

    Silverain New Member

    thanks for replying. My mum does have the money, and i'll continue with lessons and ponyclub to futher my experience and see how things turn out
    thanks again.
  4. brads

    brads New Member

    Yes, ditto. I too would like to stress that a horse is a huge responsibility. You have to take care of them even if/when you don't feel like it anymore. OK, enough of the tough talk. Sounds like you've got a pretty good head on your shoulders. Also sounds like you and your "horse to be" are a great match. So clear it with your "mum" and go for it. Happy trails! (couldn't resist)

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