My husband told him to get a summer job and save up money and that he would think about it, but I don't think my son understands how much it will really cost in the long run. Thank you so much for this very informative hub. I will share it with him so he can get more information on owning a horse. Voted up and more. Congrats on your well-deserved Hub-of-the-Day award for this interesting and useful post.
You've done a favor to everyone involved in the possibility, from the teens, to the parents, to the horse, to the local vet! Great Hub. I have always wanted a horse.
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That was good information about the "free horses". I did some volunteering at a nearby horse farm and it's bloody hard work!! Horses require a lot of attention and although I love horses and would love to own one someday, the thought of the expenses dampers that dream!
Nicely written hub and congrats on HOTD.
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My four girls were lucky to have a Veterinarian as a father! Otherwise, we could never have been able to have our Quarter horses to show. My girls are all grown up now, but they still miss their horses. People just don't understand how expensive it is to have a horse and properly care for it, so you have given readers some good advice.
Hopefully teens who are not 'rolling in dough' will thoughtfully research this topic and read your articles and others to make a wise decision. I worked for a Girl Scout Camp for two summers and one job I had was to drive the girls to a horse riding experience twice a week. There they rode and groomed and mucked out the barns. It was great training for would be horsewomen in the future.
I don't ride nor anyone in the family does but saying that I am very aware of the expense in getting and keeping a horse. I have friends whose kids ride so some of your tips could be the basis of an interesting discussion. Hi Stephanie. I was very intrigued by your article. I would have loved to see you explore other aspects of this topic. The reality is that not everyone has the privilege of having parents who are able or willing to help their child pursue the dream of owning a horse or even riding lessons for that matter whatever the reason may be.
Without other means, it may never be a reality for some teens to pursue this dream, no matter how hard they work at it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading your article. Thanks for sharing! Fantastic article and accurate. It's clear you know what you are talking about, but then again you are a pony clubber! Of course you know what you are talking about!
Thanks so much. This is an excellent model for helping any older child or teen connect a hobby or passion to growing into responsible adulthood. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
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Saving for a Horse Saving for a horse takes determination and many hours of hard work. Horse Back Riding Camp If you haven't already, spend a week during the summer at a local horse back riding camp. At camp you'll ride regularly, get a taste of daily barn chores depending on what camp you attend , and learn some very basic horse handling skill and knowledge. Just Taking Lessons vs. Owning Your Own Horse. Horse Back Riding Classes Before you even consider buying a horse of your own, take lessons at a local horseback riding stable. This will make your lessons much more affordable, give you invaluable experience working with horses, and help you form connections with knowledgeable equine professionals.
Where and When to Look for a Horse Now that you have some knowledge and experience caring for and riding horses, you may want to start looking for your own horse and equipment.
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Start by looking at equine specific classifieds sites like dreamhorse. Ask around to see if your instructor or barn manager knows of any horses for sale. Don't be afraid to travel a few hours to see a horse that you are interested in. Where to Buy Horse Equipment Tack and other necessary equipment can be almost as expensive as the horse itself!
You can often find second hand tack from friends and tack sales. Make sure that it has been well cared for, and it fits you and your horse. You can find almost anything on Amazon and eBay. Amazon usually has great prices, but when you buy things online, you don't have the opportunity to try things on for size. You local tack store is a wonderful resource.
Make sure you go in and ask questions about products, sit in the saddles, and try on your helmet. Not all tack shops offer the best prices, but they do offer an invaluable service. Every year, at the Big E in Massachusetts, is the Equine Affaire , where many vendors from all over the country compete to sell you their product. I have found great deals on horse blankets, saddles, bridles, show clothes, and anything else you can imagine. And, it's a ton of fun! Where to Keep Your Horse The most cost effective way to keep a horse is to keep him on your own property.
A horse needs a sturdy shelter and an acre of fenced turnout. Factors which affect the price of board: Indoor Riding Arena -- Barn with an indoor riding arena is almost automatically a few hundred dollars more expensive than surrounding barns. Quality of Care and Reputation -- Some barns are managed better, and some are run by people who have more experience and knowledge.
Your horse is worth a lot to you, so choose carefully in whose care you place him. Quality of Turnout -- Because land is expensive, many barns have small, muddy, or rocky pastures. Few barns have spacious grassy fields. Alternatives to Owning Your Own Horse If you are not prepared to put the initial investment into a horse of your own, but have some money that you are ready to put into a horse that you can ride regularly, you may want to lease a horse.
There are several options: Full Lease-- A full lease usually means that you have full time access to the horse, and that you pay most or all of the horse's expenses. Auctions Never buy a horse from an auction unless you, or someone you trust, are an experienced equine professional.
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Furthermore: Dealers at an auction often know next to nothing about the horse's history, training, and personality. Unfortunately, many horses are drugged to appear calmer and more cooperative than they actually are. Where Does the Money Come From? Questions must be on-topic, written with proper grammar usage, and understandable to a wide audience. Fascinating article and informative. Great tips for horse lovers. Congrats on HOTD! Congrats on HOTD. Angels are on the way to you Congrats on HOTD ps.
Does he need to live out on pasture rather than in a stall? Does he need supplements like Stomach Soother, probiotics, or slippery elm and aloe vera? Or does he just need time off from work to decompress? A healthy horse that assimilates nutrients easily will be less expensive to feed during the winter. A barefoot trim costs less than four shoes, and is healthier for your horse.
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You can find the forum at www. Now is a great time to type both yourself and your horse visit www. A well-managed horse is healthy, happy, and less expensive to keep. People are always more willing to barter in tough economic times. Another technique that works well is to buy hay and feed in bulk.