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    07-10-2010, 04:03 PM
Does anyone else...

Is anyone else in the same boat as me as far as paying for riding and all? I can hardly afford it and choose to be broke but I adore riding so I would not trade the being broke and working off lessons for anything!

It just gets hard sometimes when you need riding gear, etc...
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    07-11-2010, 01:34 AM
Yeah it's a huge difference when you pay for everything yourself!!

I had horses as a teenager but the horse I have now is the first horse that I've paid for 100% in every possible way. Vet bills and boarding and training and tack and brushes and starting everything from scratch.

It certainly does get pricey! I adopted my guy and he immediately needed x-rays and all these vet calls and it adds up fast!

For right now I buy most of my gear / tack at a consignment shop which I am SO lucky to have locally. I picked up a beaten up old saddle for $25 (and it miraculously fits him perfectly!) and stirrup leathers that don't match for $10 I'm going to keep buying as much as I can second hand until we both get to where we want to be and it will be worth investing in boots/saddles/etc. For now he is still changing shape and it's not worth buying those expensive saddles to keep forever. Dingy cheapo ones work just fine!

I spend most of my free time out with my horse so at least the fact that all my money goes into him doesn't bother me too much as I'm not missing it doing other things XD
    07-11-2010, 07:31 AM
Yep I've paid for my last few horses entirely out of my own pocket. As soon as I hit 18 my folks went 'right you're paying now!'. And yes, it's certainly a bit tricky trying to juggle money, but I think I'd rather be a bit poor with a lovely horse then rich with nothing but shopping to keep me occupied haha!
    07-11-2010, 07:35 AM
I work off my lessons and board (7 days a week). I can't afford to show otherwise I would be showing this year. It's way to expensive.
    07-11-2010, 08:06 AM
Green Broke
My parents pay for it all, but I am helping out by trying to get jobs and such to pay my own show fees
    07-11-2010, 10:05 AM
My parents pay for most stuff, I have a job but I recently became completely dry of money, but when I have money that I'm not using for gas/ car insurance I buy my own stuff.

One more year till I'm 18 and I'm on my own.. gulp!
    07-11-2010, 01:17 PM
I pay for all my own horse expenses, but luckily live at home rent free! After board and lessons I don't have much left over for showing, so at the moment that's taken a backseat. I figure it's better anyway - by the time I can afford to show we'll kick serious butt :P. I think I may have guilted Dad into buying my new CC saddle though XD.
    07-11-2010, 01:26 PM
I pay for everything myself unless my money runs dry then my parents help out. I bought my horse as well which made me broke.
I model to make money for my horses cause there my release
    07-11-2010, 04:18 PM
Glad to see im not the only offense though if you don't pay for anything- just be glad someone else does, your lucky! But I would rather be broke than not do it because it is so worth it
    07-11-2010, 04:25 PM
LOL anyone who has a horse is broke :) I have 5 they are all rescues I spend every last dime I have on them.... I teach kids to ride for free but they help me with horse chores.... its all good but yeah I know what ur talking about

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