― Question by aqhaprincess111: How many years should a person ride/work with horses before owning a horse? I know this question really depends on the person, but in general, how long should a person be riding/working with horses before owning a horse. A friend of mine has been riding for 3 years and working at a barn for 3 1/2 years, and she feels she is ready to own a horse. Do you think this is too short of a time? Best answer: Answer by Jessica RNo when ever you feel ready to own a.... Click [...].