Above 16 I would say, when you can responsibly pay for and look after your horse. Unless you have parents who are willing to pay for your horse for you, it's useful to get a job of your own to pay for your horse. I'm 16 myself, but have a part time job and juggle college with my horse commitments. It's fairly simple once you have a routine, but the only free time you have is with your horse. My social life is fairly non existent right now, so unless you're prepared to give that up then I would not recommend investing in a horse.
Despite having a job of my own, I do get support from my parents towards Grace. I pay for the feed, straw and tack, she pays for the weekly stable rent. It works but it's expensive. Even with a job I need a hand!
It’s not about how old but more how long you have been riding for and if you can afford it. I brought my first horse a trail 13 and I know people that have had horses since they’ve were 3 and even younger
I got my first horse when I was 12, as long as you take responsibility for it, be willing to give up lots of time for him/her and make sure you have somewhere for him/her to stay. A horse is a big commitment but as long as you and your family as well are ready then it's fine
I don’t think there is any certain age where’s it’s acceptable. As long as you can ride a lot, care and have a relationship with a horse and have enough money, there’s nothing wrong with you owning a horse. I’m hoping to start saving up money so I can buy one soon and I’m 15, but my Nana doesn’t have a lot of money.
I am 13 and I have been riding for 7 years but no horse yet. As long as your sure your not in the “pony phase” and you have been riding for a year or two I think that your set to get a horse. I would suggest leasing a horse for a while or part boarding one before you buy a horse. 😊