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spirit11

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spirit11 says:

My new horse (well, in a few months)

I have agreed with the yard owner/my instructor, that I can buy my first horse (Spirit) in about Feb time, basically when I have all the £ saved up. In the meantime, I ride him for 1-2 lessons per week at the moment and that will carry on!

The only possible downside is that he is to remain at the yard on working livery - which is just 1-2 lessons on a Wed, the same again on a Sat and then c.2 trail rides per week in the summer (we are in a touristy area in France but the horses arent typical trek horses, there are quite a few different trails into the mountains and they are well looked after etc.... mainly walking with the tourists really. He is 7 and is perfectly built for trail riding (draft x anglo arab)

I am just a bit concerned about how to bond with him, I know it will be more difficult because other people will ride him but I am prepared for the extra effort! As he lives out, most of my time can be spent riding, grooming, bonding etc... :) Do you think it is possible?

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horseface888

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horseface888 says:

Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

How exciting for you!:D and a great way to do it as you will know all his quirks etc.

I think bonding will be easy for you, as you will be the constant in his life, You will feed him, groom hims, etc etc. And he will be super fit from the lessons so thats another plus. Just make sure theres a rock steady agreement put in place that you are happy with. Have a think about if the horse becomes lame who is at fault and who will pay vets bills etc, also if he couldnt be ridden would that put livery costs up etc.

Love to see some pics! very exciting.

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

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spirit11

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spirit11 says:

Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

It is so exciting! I loved this horse the first time I heard of him, he is gorgeous and so sweet! He is really calm because of the draft in him but does have oooomph because of the anglo arab influence!  I have attached a couple of pics (I already bored everyone on here the other day with photos) lol

Thanks for the advice re. bonding and the agreement, she has a livery contract etc... and I will make sure there is something in their re. injuries etc...  definitely

He will definitely be fit which is probably good as I can imagine he would have a tendency to put on weight. He is just on hay at the moment but maybe I could feed a balancer or something (just a little) each day as our bonding time?  Only prob is then he might expect it and some days I might not be able to get down hmmmm maybe just grooming, walking around the yard and a carrot!

 

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spirit11

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spirit11 says:

Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

It is so exciting! I loved this horse the first time I heard of him, he is gorgeous and so sweet! He is really calm because of the draft in him but does have oooomph because of the anglo arab influence!  I have attached a couple of pics (I already bored everyone on here the other day with photos) lol

Thanks for the advice re. bonding and the agreement, she has a livery contract etc... and I will make sure there is something in their re. injuries etc...  definitely

He will definitely be fit which is probably good as I can imagine he would have a tendency to put on weight. He is just on hay at the moment but maybe I could feed a balancer or something (just a little) each day as our bonding time?  Only prob is then he might expect it and some days I might not be able to get down hmmmm maybe just grooming, walking around the yard and a carrot!

 

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spirit11

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spirit11 says:

Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

It is so exciting! I loved this horse the first time I heard of him, he is gorgeous and so sweet! He is really calm because of the draft in him but does have oooomph because of the anglo arab influence!  I have attached a couple of pics (I already bored everyone on here the other day with photos) lol

Thanks for the advice re. bonding and the agreement, she has a livery contract etc... and I will make sure there is something in their re. injuries etc...  definitely

He will definitely be fit which is probably good as I can imagine he would have a tendency to put on weight. He is just on hay at the moment but maybe I could feed a balancer or something (just a little) each day as our bonding time?  Only prob is then he might expect it and some days I might not be able to get down hmmmm maybe just grooming, walking around the yard and a carrot!

 

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horseface888

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horseface888 says:

Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

oh wow he is very stricking, amazing colour!

I think a balancer would be a good idea, even if maybe you did it once you have done whatever you went down to do, And when you cant get down the yard owner gives it to him to keep the consistancy.

Do you have any plans with him in the future?

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CharParsley620

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Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

 look at that colouring! 

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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leannemccabe

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leannemccabe says:

Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

 How exciting! he is beautiful - have i understood correctly that even though once you have bought him you HAVE to keep him on wirking livery? what happens if your circumsatnces change and you need to move away - can he come with you then? - i would make sure you have all this in writing before parting with your cash - with out sounding down on it all it sounds like they are after a cash lump sum with out acctually having to part compleetly with the horse?

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spirit11

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spirit11 says:

spirit

it is so exciting!

Thanks Leanne re. the advice, I know it must sound a bit dodgy! Basically, the situation is that I will buy him (from the owner who doesnt go to the stables but has financial/health problems and just cant keep him) and have the papers in my name/all legit etc... but I have an informal agreement with the riding stables owner (who is a really good friend socially and know her really well) that I keep him there for her to use for some lessons and hacking in the summer.

In exchange, I pay no livery fees, she provides food, hay etc....and basic care and I just pay for shoes and vets (although I will get him insured). I will still have 1-2 lessons a week (I do her tourism website so they are foc). Obviously if I moved house, we would just have to cross that bridge but that certainly isnt on the horizon and if we ever moved, it is likely to be within the area. It isnt the most straight forward arrangement but I think/hope it will work for both parties and I get the opportunity to have a lot of support with my first horse and he is cared for and also exercised twice a week. I definitely want to do as much as I can though to bond with him!

 

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tbgirl25

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tbgirl25 says:

Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

To be honest, why do you want to buy this pony - sounds like its more like loaning than buying if you HAVE to keep him at that yard on working livery.

 

My main concern is what happens if he gets damaged while being used on a trail ride or lesson. I realise this is a risk with any working livery but the way I see it, its either your horse or the riding schools horse - it seems a little blured.

 

Sorry....Just make sure your not getting carried away, maybe it would be best to find another horse that in the future, you have the option to move if you feel the need. Otherwise loan the pony instead of buying.

 

With the aggreement you seem to have at the moment there seems to be many benefits for the riding school - they keep a good riding horse which they don't have to pay for - and not many benefits for you.

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melxvengeance

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Re: My new horse (well, in a few months)

 i agree with the above, it sounds very complicated and i definately would not be pleased. why, once you have paid your money for the horse, do you have to comply with keeping it there?

 

i know you're saying you're not going to move away but what if you HAVE to?

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