Hi everybody I am new to this site. I am 15 years old and have loved and ridden horses since I was little. I used to have a lease horse when I was younger and rode him for probably 4 years and we did little shows together and all sorts of funs stuff. Then family stuff happened and I couldn't ride him anymore. So I have been riding friends horses whenever I get the chance. It is my dream to finally have my own horse, and I am finally having lessons.
I ride an awesome barn focused on hunters/jumpers. My trainer is amazing she has trained and ridden at the Grand Prix level for over like 35 years. So far I have had four lessons, I catch, groom, tack by myself and so far I know how to walk, sitting and posting trot, and I am improving at the canter. I have ridden before at all the gates that is why I am cantering so early on. I plan on continuing lessons.
So I guess what I am asking is If I:
- Continue with 1 hour lessons twice a week
- get a job/voulenteer at the barn doing barn chores and taking care of horses
- Learn everything my mind can absorb about horses
Do you think by maybe next summer that I could finally own a horse of my very own?
Also I know that most people have been consistantly riding for like 3-5 years before they get there own horse, but I am fifteen and don't want to wait untill I am in my twenties to get my horse.
Last but not least, I know all of the costs and time horses require I will be able to drive next summer and the barn is only 10 min away from my house, so transportation isn't a problem. And my family can afford it thanks to my supportive dad and Awesome! Retired grandparents. You do not know how thankful I am that they are supporting me like this.
So please give your input
Oh and this is a pic of me and my lesson horse Cheyanne