Expiriences with Owning My First Horse: Messes, Mistakes, & Fun
I decided to create a little hub bout me, and my own personal expirience for a change.
After years of hard work and persistance, my dream came true and I finally go to owning my own horse. He's a dun appaloosa, 8 years old and 16hh, and he's absolutely adorable. He's probably one of the most mellow horses I know, and I love him to death. Now I knew horse ownership would be hard, I'm dedicated to the sport, and ready to put hours and lots of money into it...but I didn't think it would be this crazy! So after the first month, here's my story.
Mess on the first day!
The day my horse came was a mess. His owner was bringing him to our new barn, and got up a canyon road- without cellphone signal- and was lost. It took a good while to get her back down. To add to that it was freezing outside, when the weather forecast said it would be warm!
After that struggle finally was over, he was here. I was so flustered I could barely think straight. So anyways, he's going in a pasture with 3 other horses, right? The owner tells us he's aggressie and very dominant, but before the purchase she said he was fine. turns out he's at the bottom of his herd, and his reaction towards other horses is more like, "Do you want to be frends?"
But after that mix-up, he seemed to be fine and went to his new pasture.
Getting Use to Things
The first day I took him out to groom, I made tons of mistakes. Let's just begin by saying I was beyond flustered. I think I know a good amount about horses, but now I felt like a total beginner. I tied the halter and lead too lose, tied in the wrong areas, messed up the tack room lock 1000 times, etc. Everything at my pristing boarding facility was way different then anything I was used to.
so then there comes the first day I ride him. you see, I'm used to riding in a drill team with 15 people in the arena...but now people riding with...minds of their own??! Definately something to get used to. I avoided the indoor arena, where it was always crowded with lessons and riders. I would rather ride in the freezing cold outdoor arena, which was always empty, but kind of a pain. I'm still getting use to to the crowded indoor, but it's definately going to take more time.
Everyone Has a Way.
Most expirienced horse people have developed their own 'way' to do things. I certainly have my own way. Well, when I came do the boarding facility, I learned a thoussand different 'ways'.
The first day I was at the stable the director warned me that everyone has a way, and there is thousands of 'right' ways to do everything, and I was going to learn alot of ways to do something while I was there. Boy was she right. The first couple weeks I was bombarded with tips and tricks from other people. Don't get me wrong, most of the times these tricks came in handy and I highly appreciated them, but sometimes it was kind of annoying. I never had to ask for help, because I always got it anyways! The trainers we all over me, wanting me to be their client. It was like haing a lesson without even paying! Overall, learning other people's style has been a great expirience and I learned alot, but I'm definately happy with the way I do things.
To Blanket or not to Blanket?
I had never really met people who blanketed their horse. I had been told here and there if it was good or if it was bad. Blanketing was highly reccomended by the boarding facility, (Honestly? I think it's because they make money every time you ask them to put the blanket on for you.) So, we measured our horse and bought a blanket. It does keep him clean and warm, and I'm glad we bought it, but trying to figure out whem to put it on and when not to had become difficult. Luckily, though, I have figured all of that out.
Owning a horse has been way more stressful than I thought it would be, but boy am I glad that I'm an owner now! I would never go back. I like the responsibility of it and the bonuses that come with it.