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Published by • Aug 24th, 2009 • Category: Ask Girls Horse Club

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I may be able to own a horse! We moved and my new neighbor might be willing to keep my horse free. The only problem is, I go to college in four years. I don’t think it would be right to get a horse knowing you would have to sell him again in four years. I don’t know what to do. Finally, I get the opportunity of owning a horse, but it might be too late. Do you have any ideas on who could take care of my horse while I’m away at college? I know this seems like I’m looking way into the future, but I feel like it would be wrong to have to sell my horse after four years. My parents know almost nothing about horses, so they could never exercise my horse and give him the care he would need. My neighbor might be willing to take care of him, but he is getting older and I don’t want to pressure him into it. Letting the stable where I ride use him as a lesson horse while I am gone is another possibility. I’d love to hear ideas and thoughts from everyone! Thank you!

–submitted by Allison, age 13

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  1. Hey Ali I have about the same prob you do. =0) Im 16 so i only have about 2 years until college!! I have animals myself so im worried about leaving them behind as well. Let’s see what you do want to do in college? Since I want to be an equestrian vet i found a college that has a stables on the campus where they have school horses and students can board their own horses there. Maybe you could look for a college like that. (it will be expensive though) Mmmm maybe you could look up and see if their are any boarding stables around the location of your chosen college. Then you could still live on campus and go take care of your horse. If none of these options work maybe you could find a younger friend or relative who lives nearby your house to take care of your horse and you can visit him on Winter, spring,ect breaks. I hope this helps a little.. you have 4 years to think it out Ali don’t rush it but learn to stay flexible and on top of things. Best of of luck to you

    ~HF

  2. Giving him to a riding stables is not a great idea if he is used to gentle hands, as many riding stables teach students to use strong commands instead of gentle ones. There are plenty of girls (such as myself) or boys who would take care of your horse while you are away, but they are to be payed. (Sadly)
    Some have fees which are not too high, but many of the cheaper ones are inexperienced. Find the correct level carer that is within your price range and you will be comfortable knowing that your horse is being well taken care of! ☺
    ~Diana

  3. Honestly, I doubt you will keep your horse for four years. The most out of my friends that I’ve seen is three. Most of the times after a couple of years you outgrow your horse, either size whys or capability. Maybe you grow a few inches and gain some weight. Your horse may not be a proper size for you anymore. Maybe you really want to pursue cross country, and your horse can’t.

    If you DO plan on keeping your future horse for a while, first of all make sure that it is big enough so that you have room to grow and still be the appropriate size. Also make sure that it is a good all arounder, unless you have already decided what type of discipline you want to do the most, you may want to get a horse that can do anything, but specializes in that.

    If not, a LOT of colleges do have riding teams, and you can board at the team’s stables. That’s what I plan on doing. :)

  4. A girl where I ride just went back to college, and she was crushed about leaving her Appaloosa, Flash. Since he is a top of the line show horse, she put him up for half lease so someone pays half the board/shoeing/care etc. That way he gets worked and she doesn’t lose thousands of dollars in board and care while she can’t even see him.

  5. Well, nobody ever said that the instant you hit 18 you’re going to move out. Is there a college within fifty miles? My sisters didn’t move out until they were 22 & 21. Even if you do move out when your 18 you might be able to come home on weekends and days you have off to spend time with your horse.
    Four years is a short time yes, but on the other hand a lot can change. Maybe you won’t continue school, but rather take on a trade or something.
    I’m just giving you options and I think HorseFeathers had great advice too.

  6. DianaLUV has a good idea, but something I would suggest is finding a girl younger than you who loves horses. Talk to her parents about it, and see if you can work out a plan. Like the horse stays on one of the properties, she gets to ride and care for him and treat him like her own, but you still get ‘visitation rights’ when your on vacation. You could work out something for paying for food and vet. Maybe split it with them? This way, a little girls gets a chance with horses and you get a home for your pet. =]

  7. Everyone basically covered some of the best ways to solve this problem. I think that (half) leasing can work out well, as your horse will be cared for and his/her bills paid from the money that comes from the leaser. Another option is to kind of “share” your horse with a close friend or family member from the beginning. This way, that friend or relative will develop a bond with your horse and will be able to continue caring for him/her when you’re busy, away or at college. I hope something works out for you!

  8. Some colleges let you take your horse with you. There’s an agricultural college near me that does equestrian studies and they let students keep their horse at the stables. But if you aren’t going to do something with horses at college that won’t work. You could loan the horse out for a few years, or share if the horse is near enough to the college for you to look after him/her at weekends. It’s different here, I’m going to sixth form college when I’m 16 and then I go to university when I’m 18.

  9. i have a problem like that too. i have a horse, a gorgeous, 9 year old arabian mare. i plan on being an equine vet, and i was going to take her to college with me(horsefeathers, what colleges have you found that allow you to board horses?) i kind of want to breed her, since she is the sweetest, most wonderful horse ever, but she has never been bred before, and i heard that would be risky. the downside of breeding her would be that in 4 years, i wouldnt have the time or the money to pay for training or do it myself. so if anyone has an opinion on that, tell me. allison, i would try leasing a horse. that way you wouldnt have to sell her when you go to college, and it is less expensive. if you truly like her, perhaps the owner will sell her to you after college, or maybe the owner could take her back for 4 years.

  10. Get a horse and make sure it is well trained by the end of the four years. Then you can lease him out to somebody. You’ll earn money, and he’ll still be yours, and he’ll be getting good care.

  11. Lana- i don’t know when you plan to go to college but i and i hope you understand that equestrian vet work costs alot of money and investment as well as time.. up to eight years or more. One college that i have my eye on is Findlay University in Ohio. Their equestrian program is really neat. Breeding is very expensive, and getting the sperm you want for your horse costs quite abit. I know cause i work and volunteer for a quarter horse breeder. If you really have you heart set on these goals i wish you the best of luck.

    ~HF

  12. Horsecrazzz, thats a brilliant idea! I just remembered that I am that girl who cares for a horse in my area who’s owner has left for college. And she still comes back for visits! Great fix to my idea! It sounds heaps better now!

  13. if you still want idias i have 6 minis and they can be used for therapy, carts, and halter shows. if you want a horse minus some of the hasle they rock. if you just want a horse all your own i would get one….but if you want one to ride and such you could try leaseing it while you are gone…if you wanted to…

  14. thanks horsefeathers, i realize that vet school is a long commitment, and requires tons of studying and money, but i am planning on applying for scholorships and i have a job. i dont really have my heart set on breeding my horse. sometimes i imagine having a foal and i really cant stand the idea of not having one, but then i spend time with my horse, and realize how special she is, and i couldnt bear the thought of losing her or ( i know this sounds selfish) sharing her with another horse. she shares a pasture with cows, so me and her are best friends. but thanks for your advice. i wish you luck on your vet career also:)

  15. You’re so lucky you can have your own horse!I live in a place were you can’t have any horses or livestock.You could by your own horse and when your gone to college lease it to a friend or stable.

  16. Sorry I haven’t commented in such a long time! My internet has been down. Thank you for all the great ideas! I think that half-leasing may be something I could do.