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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Well...you could look at it this way. At least you've had the chance to own and help train horses at all. Coming from a mid-lower income family, I consider myself SO lucky to have ever even gotten to pet a horse let alone do what I've done with them. My parents couldn't afford even riding lessons for me, or summer camps, or anything similar. There was no way they'd be able to buy me or help me sustain a horse.
But luckily I met people who gave me a chance, and ended up learning to ride and handle horses. The farm where I volunteered eventually turned into...well...a dangerous dump with far too many animals, and all of the horses I EVER got to even touch were dysfunctional, lame, crazy, sick, or horribly trained...whereas I had friends with dressage horses, traveling to clinics, taking bi-weekly lessons, etc. I rarely got to ride and worked 10-11 hours for every 1 that I got to spend leisurely with the horses. And when I did spend time with the unruly ones, then finally got them to a point when they were trustworthy, they were taken away from me and ruined again or claimed as someone else's time and time again.
But it was worth it. Why? It taught me a HECK of a lot more about animal care, maturity, standing up for myself, perseverance, and plain old nitty-gritty work than those friends of mine will ever know. I never got the chance to show or ride really nicely trained horses, and I may never. But I learned valuable lessons...and you can't put a price on that.
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.