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    07-03-2010, 11:49 AM
There is a young lady at our barn that has to work off her lessons at the barn by cleaning stalls. She just recently bought this incredible 5 year old paint and I asked how she did it. She saved her birthday and Christmas money, and offered to ride or lunge boarder's horses when they couldn't get out to give their horse exercise. Now that she's bought the horse, she's trying to earn money to buy a saddle, so she's doing the same thing. As boarders go on vacation, they hire her to exercise their horse a few times a week, or when one set of parents bought a horse that was way too much for their daughter, she rode him for $30 a session to try to tone him down a bit. She now has almost enough money to get one of the nicer saddles at a local pawn shop (quite reasonably priced I might add).

Now, she's extremely talented and everyone at the barn trusts her with their horse. I would put her on any horse out there--she could handle it. If you have a reputation like her at your barn, why don't you offer to exercise horses for people who can't get out to the barn enough. It's given her a lot of experience. She just recently had shoes put on her horse and she told me that she offered the BO's husband a day plowing arenas and mowing if he taught her how to drive the tractor so that she could earn enough to pay for the shoes.

If you are resourceful, you would be amazed at what you can do. My 8 year old earned enough to buy a new saddle pad and reins by helping out. She told my husband and I, and my parents that she wanted these things for the horse, and she wanted to know what she could do around our houses to earn the money. My dad paid her a quarter a pine cone at his house which worked out to be about $15! Be upfront with people when you are asking for work, even your parents. Tell them that you'd like to earn some money for shows, and make an agreement about how much you will earn, and do your job well. People will want to continue to hire you if you do a good job.

As a high school teacher, I find kids who are willing to work for what they want to be most successful in life. I commend you for trying to find a way to do this yourself. You'll value it a lot more this way.
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    07-03-2010, 12:38 PM
Sounds like that girl is very dedicated, that is great!
    07-04-2010, 08:39 AM
Oh gosh wouldn't have a clue lol I pay for everything myself so not sure how to ask someone else only being polite and say you will work it off over time I spose?
    07-04-2010, 10:59 AM
Originally Posted by RadHenry09    
sounds like that girl is very dedicated, that is great!
Yes she is, but if you want something bad enough, you'll work hard for it. She doesn't ask anyone for money.
    07-04-2010, 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by Fowl Play    
Yes she is, but if you want something bad enough, you'll work hard for it. She doesn't ask anyone for money.
That's very true I second that one
    07-05-2010, 12:27 AM
Originally Posted by SuprisedLove    
That's very true I second that one
Very true, if there is a will , there is a way!!
    07-05-2010, 11:36 AM
I have the same deal going on..Im broke and in school and love riding but can only afford to do it once a week right now : /..i would really love to be able to do it more. But I do everything on my own without my parents help.
    07-05-2010, 05:54 PM
You could also try what I'm doing right now. I'm working ALL summer, and everything I earn goes towards buying the mare I want. Working the amount of hours I will be, I can buy her but not the tack. I have my eyes on a complete set of tack that costs about $1000. Working 15 hours a week during the school year, I can make enough to pay for her board, farrier, vet, etc. and I'll have just under $100 extra every month. My parents have said that since I'm being responsible and paying for everything, they will buy me the tack, and I'll gradually pay them back every month. This is a good option, because THEY KNOW WHERE I LIVE!!! LOL. But I can't back out of what I owe them, so everyone wins!

You could do the same with the shows. If you tell your parents that this is what you want, they may be willing to pay your show fees, and as you earn money back doing little things any way you can, you can pay them back.

Good luck!

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