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GeorgeFlannigan

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BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

Just been reading the article 'how do i persuade my parents to buy me a horse?'

Just been thinking there are so many options out there, not just buying your own! Maybe people who cannot afford to buy or are not allowed to buy could research loans (I mean loaning a horse)? These range from full loan, part loan, loan with a view to buy, sharing of the horse with small contribution, free riding in return for help around the yard....there are so many options to suit owners and riders alike!

Iv had my horse for years, but my mum got her first horse on loan at 42!! We have gone from full livery to having my horse, her horse and a horse that got left with us on our own land! But Iv recently moved so have had to leave my horse with my mum- heartbreaking but hes happy and I will be able to afford him soon!

Horses take so much time that some owners need extra help (like my mum) so I just wanted to make people aware that there are so many different options other than owning your own horse. Some people may even be so glad of the help around the yard that riding is free! Also if you're circumstances change loans are obviously less of a commitment if you need to change quickly than owning a horse. Or they are useful for a trial period. So many options to suit all involved!

Anyone who is looking for a horse, don't give up hope just research your options! Have a look at some websites....It usually takes years to actually be able to own your own horse!

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Justine Thompson

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Re: BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

 

Hi GeorgeFlannigan

I just wanted to say what absolutely fantastic advice you have just given to anyone thinking of buying a horse. There are many, many horse owners that would love someone sensible and reliable to help out with their horse - and it is such a great way to make sure you know what you are taking on. After all, riding out on a beautiful summer's day is one thing - getting up at 6am, day in, day out through the winter to feed and muck out is quite another!

So well done to you for pointing that out. I certainly helped someone on a yard and then loaned a horse before I could eventually afford the time and money to get my own, and I woudl recommend it as a great route for any potential horse owner.

Lol Justine xx

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Jenny LH

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Jenny LH says:

Re: BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

I agree, owning a horse is very good but you need some knowledge. Before i got my boy, i had him on loan for 2 years, i started off my just riding then it gradualy got more untill he was on full loan, then i bought him.

So as georgeflannigan look into all your options, as it will help you in the long run, as owning is a very big responsiblitiy.

Scout, my beautifull little boy

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brook

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brook says:

Re: BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

Hi George, I totally agree with everything that you have said. I look after Brook 4 days per week for my friend, who really has her hands full at the moment, with 2 other horses and a young baby to care for. The agreement really works well for both of us, and I have a free hand to do what I like with him ( within reason !! ) It is also great to have her back-up and support if he is ill or has an injury. I know that deep down I can't own a horse full time due to work and family commitments, so this arrangement is ideal for me and also helps my friend out at the same time, so everyone is happy !!  

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Ben's Mum

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Ben's Mum says:

Re: BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

So agree with what you say.  I went into buying my first horse this year (aged 38) with my eyes wide open as to cost, commitment etc but It's still been very very hard!

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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horseface888

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horseface888 says:

Re: BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

thats a reli good point!

however has anyone noticed the are very rare oportunities to loan compared to how many horses there are for sale!?

i was lookin to loan another horse a few years back and there was literally nothing in my area!!!

we need more people to loan out horses and more people to consider loans!

'i will be true when i ride u, with strength and harmony! when u carry me!'

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jackysian

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jackysian says:

Re: BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

I agree! I was lucky enough to stumble across Danny when literally 2 days after I found out the new horse I'd bought was not only partically sighted but also alot younger than thought and completely unbacked!!! Danny came to us on grass livery in my fields and his owners said he was 'uncatchable' and 'dangerous' to ride!! Turns out Danny was neither of those things and an absolute pleasure to be around!! I took him on loan from the owners (who quiet obviously didn't have a clue about horses!!) and spent over a year with this wonderful horse!! If I hadn't already bought and committed myself to Kane I would have had absolutely no need to buy a horse because in Danny was the perfect young horse free and ready to go!!!

When Kane was able to be ridden I didn't have the time to give 2 horses and Danny went to live with a friend of mine, she still has  him 3 years on and his owners have handed him over completely to her. So she was the lucky one, ending up with the most wonderful horse for nothing!!

I still joke with Kane that I should of swapped and given him up on loan and kept Danny for myself!!!

Here's the boy himself!!!

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When you're young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you're my age, you splatter. ~Roy Rogers

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Darcyboylover

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Re: BUYING HORSES NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER??

Thats really good advice! :)

I love my pony Darcy boy as you can see by my name.

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