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post #31 of 37 Old 04-21-2014, 04:54 PM
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When I was grooming Saddlebreds, I saw teenage Equitation riders come in from their class, grab their full length mink coats and toss them on ground because they didn't place well. They had 100K horses and up, at 10 through 18.

Didn't resent them a bit, thought they were twits. AND when their trainer got there, or got wind of their shenanigans, knew they were going to get ripped for their attitudes too, she didn't play that at all. And would put them and horses out of barn if it didn't stop.

Always amazed me how people could let kids act like that.

Anyway, as to you. Quit feeling sorry for things you can't fix, at your age, you can progress I am thinking, go to work for succesful trainer in discipline you are interested in, and work up to having a nice horse of your own down the road.

IF you are determined enough, and take advantage of opportunities that you will find, or make? You can be able to purchase a nice horse for yourself one day, either through your name or your expertise in identifying a young prospect that has "it" in him or her.
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post #32 of 37 Old 04-21-2014, 05:10 PM
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One thing I have learned is that life is never fair! Just suck it up.

I have known more than one person get a cheap problematic horse, work hard on ironing out the faults and sold it on, bought a better project and move on up the scale.
I have done it myself many times.
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post #33 of 37 Old 04-21-2014, 05:49 PM
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Life sucks. Nothing you can do about it, except just do the best that you can with your situation.

Hubby used to have a friend whose parents bought him a new Hummer every year. Bought a $250,000 cabin cruiser boat for him to use when he wanted. Also an $80,000 ranger fishing boat. His own house. Basically got things handed to him left and right.

It's not fair. I would love to be able to buy an expensive car every single year, just because I can.

Or buy a $100,000 winning rodeo horse. It would be so easy. It would be so nice.

But life is not fair and not everyone has an endless pocketbook. Including in the horse world.

Whether you have a $30,000 horse or a $3,000 horse, it still needs to be fed, ridden, and taken care of. The $30,000 horse can get hurt just as easily as the $3,000 horse.

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post #34 of 37 Old 04-21-2014, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by beau159 View Post

Whether you have a $30,000 horse or a $3,000 horse, it still needs to be fed, ridden, and taken care of. The $30,000 horse can get hurt just as easily as the $3,000 horse.
And often, it even seems like they get themselves hurt EASIER! No idea why...maybe because they're often on such high calorie feeds that they have energy out the whazoo, so when they do get the chance to get out and move around, they go nutso.

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post #35 of 37 Old 04-22-2014, 10:28 AM
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If you can't change something then its no point stressing over it. We are where we are and have to do the very best we can with what we have
On a typical show day I would be up really early to do my chores and get my ponies/horses ready myself and it was frustrating to know that some of the people I competed against would just get straight on theirs having done nothing at all while the groom did all the work - but realistically I got so much more out of what I did because it was for the love of the horses and not just for competing and winning prizes
There are lots of things in life we can't have so we should make a point of enjoying what we do have
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post #36 of 37 Old 04-22-2014, 10:35 PM
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I feel you. Back when I first had my horse Bagheera, I would groom for the girls with their big money horses at the horse shows, just so I could earn enough money to go to a horse show myself. Bagheera wasn't a big fancy Warmblood. He was a very talented Thoroughbred though that I bought for next to nothing because he'd been abandoned. I'd get envious of the other girls whose parents bought them $40,000+ horses. It just drove me that much more to be the best rider I could be and to work hard to bring out the best in my own horse. All that hard work paid off eventually. Bagheera and I would place in every class and often times won them. Yes, I only got to go to a handful of shows every year while others went to every show. I just learned to enjoy the few I got to attend and to work towards being the best we could be. In the long run, I am so appreciative to have had Bagheera. That horse took me from the low jumpers all the way to the junior amateurs. The hard work, blood, sweat, and tears was 200% worth it. I wouldn't have traded him for the most push button jumper in the world and I am that much better a rider because of him.

The point is, appreciate what you have now and don't let your spirits get crushed. Work towards being the best you can every day and don't let anyone hold you back. :)

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post #37 of 37 Old 04-23-2014, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Well guys one step closer to a horse already found a job in az at Topock marina which I will be starting next week since I have to finish a shut down for my current seasonal job with my mom. I'll be making the move to my dads and continuing to save. My dad has offered to help me get a horse or two as his fiancé loves riding also and he wants us to ride together. Between my last shut down check and my new job I should be able to put a decent amount away towards my horse.
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