Horse People

I want a horse. Maybe two. I got the space for them. Is there anything you could tell me in advice? Like start with the basics.
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I looooved horses and took lessons since I was 8 and FINALLY when I was 13 I got my own! I boarded him for a couple years at the place I rode and then I decided to bring him to my place... not only would he jump my electric fence, and practically gave me a heart attack just imagining being hit by a truck but when I left for College I had to sell him and the First Lady who came to check him out he bucked her off within first 5 mns ... I freaked out... she wasn't moving. Luckily, she was ok and the next person who looked at him was very experienced and bought him. Basically, you don't just wake up one day out of the blue and buy a horse...have you ridden before? Like I mean gone through all the gates? Trot, canter, etc? Do you know about the leads? Are you western or English rider?
female from USA
Leo Sun/Cap Moon/Aquarius rising
Lots o''s a huge commitment. My sister breeds and shows. Has since she was 15, and she's almost 60. Broken hands, feet, and back. If it isn't in your blood and it's just a neat fantasy, DON'T DO IT. It's not fair to you or the animal.
26 years old female

Good videos for you to watch.
26 years old female
You can do it. But board first. And make sure you want it Good luck!
26 years old female
Posted by Sagithehunter
I want a horse. Maybe two. I got the space for them. Is there anything you could tell me in advice? Like start with the basics.

Don't buy a horse. You are obv not ready.

Seriously. I am being trying to be kind.

Equestrian science a science.

I rode horses for years. My ex and his family ran a livery yard. He had a business degree his brother is an equestrian vet and the other brother has a degree in equine science and the parents ran this yard for years before his dad passed. I did a course in stable management and volunteered to help in two riding schools so I could get lessons. I also helped the stabled in an animal shelter.

You need to be around horsey people for a couple of years and learn to ride. Then buy a couple of horses and stable them in a professional yard.

You don't have to buy a horse to enjoy horses. In fact it's best if you don't for a couple of years.

Having the land is a great start. You also need heated stables. A yard. A paddock. Horse box.

Buying a horse is a MASSIVE commitment. Take a riding lessons for a few months. And volunteer around a stable yard. See what it's really like.

People think oh I have land or money ...etc ..but horses are not easy to re home. And if you suddenly get sick or need more time or have less money. They need someone there full time. And a good home will not come up just like that you need to wait. Also if you have not trained the horse well ...they won't be taken by a good owner. A good owner will want a good horse and will know what they are looking for.

I can ride ok...not great ..I can tack up I can groom pick out hooves i can muck out prepare feed measure it out etc still I know I would have no where NEAR enough knowledge to look after a horse on my own. But I don't need to I can help out for a day somewhere and get a ride or go for a pleasure ride etc. And that is the best part of horses really the riding.

Ok decide if you want to board in a livery yard (recommended) or keep them at home. You need a paddock a stable and land. If they are at pasture you need to remove the manure in stables muck out. You need to pay someone to remove it for you or try selling it.

You need an acre per horse and you need to rotate pastures or they eat to the root and it doesn't grow back. Also monitor time at pasture field horses get real fat real easy.

You need to realize what you know and don't know. Would you know if your horse had laminitis? Or had colick? I can tell you now I would not always be sure if the horse was being pissy with me or had a genuine tenderness and needed help.

You need to clear your land of trees or plants not good for horses. You need to learn to de worm regularly.

They are fed twice a day hay first grains second. You need a feed tub a water heater ...I dunno where you live but horses don't like drinking in cold weather. We need them here. Water trough...You will need to learn about horse nutrition ....vitamins etc ...stuff I don't know about...

You need to learn to care for and wash tack then tack up etc. Foot care.

So if you are serious KNOW you will need help.

Tack (Bridle Bit girth saddle reins) Rug blankets Grooming brushes dandy brush soft brush mane comb hoof picks need to learn proper foot care how to pick out hooves oil them etc and get a black smith or ferrier with experience to talk to you about shoes or barefoot you will need expert advice on this. Halter and lead rope whip crop.

Your own riding gear helmet back protection etc jodhpurs.

Tote bags ...tote liniment eye wash shampoo ..sponges...then stuff to wash the stuff ..tack or leather soap

It took me a while to learn how to pick out hooves properly. And you need to avoid the soft frog of the hoof. You need to learn how to groom and clip in winter and wash your horse. Look after their teeth etc.

You need to learn stable safety making sure your horse doesn't get stuck or walled in when laying down by putting hay around. There is lots of things about horses and yards you can really only learn by being there. It's horses knack or sense ...

All your tack needs to be fitted.

Bear in mind people who have been riding since they were six adults would be considered beginners to OWNING a horse. My ex rode since a child in a family that ran a livery yard and considered his Dad the expert.

Saddle pads. First aid stuff.

Bran mash. A whole lot of patience money and knowledge.

Board the horse first ..please! They need to be fed twice daily groomed daily

In fact just ride for a few years ...then go do a horsey holiday ..then buy ..then board

You don't need to own to ride. Lots of stables shelters need people to help and once you get into the horsey community you will find them very warm

The above poster said her mom boarded ..this is what most people do. You are better off imo.

And you need to train the horse and learn to ride etc.

I would still be nervy picking hooves out and some horses would just be too large for me to contend with cuz I am small.
Well if you have the land, and plan on keeping them on the property- your going to have to look into building a run in shred, even if you live somewhere without seasons- it still rains, and they need somewhere to go to avoid the elements.

Fencing- really important.

Feeding- every morning- every night- If you end up building a stable your going to need to let them out in the mornings. They can't be cooped up.

Farrier- about every couple months they need to re-shoed- On that topic you have to clean their feet daily to avoid infection- crap, mud gets buried between the shoe and natural sole- so if you don't have the patience or courage to screw with a few ton horses legs- one that could kill you- don't get a horse.

I would board- depending on where you go they will do everything for you- clean stalls- feeding, and trails nearby. Alot of them have enclosed arenas- which is really nice if you live somewhere that snows- granted some of these nicer ones cost 1000+ a month for 1 horse-

My mom has boarded most of my life- she finally got a piece of property a few years ago.

On average she would spend 500-600- and she was on the ghetto plan which required her to provided her own hay, grain, and cleaning the stall herself.

Another issue with boarding is that all the horses get turned out together- so since your horse is the new horse- it's very likely the herd will make it the cookiemonster. Kicking, and biting the horse- so again it will need daily personal care for the atleast the first 6 months to address any of the wounds.

Then comes into play- transportation- if you plan on trail ridding you need a pick up and a horse trailer

Then comes into play where you buy the horse- most auctions the horses are totally drugged up to mask any injuries or aggressive personality traits.

Have you spent any time around horses? If not your going have to learn basic things- This isn't the movies, where you just throw a saddle on- even a simple task like putting on a bridle is made difficult when you a few ton beast swinging in your direction trying to bite you and butter.

Oh- and they sense fear. lol. So if your scared it could spook them- which is basically a term for when a horse goes completely ape butter.

38 years old male from The Sun
DXP's Town Drunk
What tcta said.
Taurus Sun/Rising - Cap Moon - Aries Venus/Mercury - Pisces Mars
seriously, you need to do a lot of research and/or go to stables and volunteer and learn the ropes so to speak - it's not like getting a dog or cat - they also need shelter and vet care and all that ...
Taurus Sun/Rising - Cap Moon - Aries Venus/Mercury - Pisces Mars
they need food and water

and they poop
38 years old male from The Sun
DXP's Town Drunk
They poop.
33 years old female from Somewhere out there, In your head, Jupiter
Sagittarius Sun, Libra Moon, Libra Rising
I want a horse. Maybe two. I got the space for them. Is there anything you could tell me in advice? Like start with the basics.

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