Hldalgo I wish I had been fortunate enough to have lessons when I was younger. My family simply could not afford it, and I knew better then to even ask.
I did come up with many detailed plans on how I could have a horse, and once even presented the plan to my dad. Bless his heart, he listened intently to all I put forth, and then when I was done, complimented me on my well thought out plan. Then told me .............no.
It was for the best, though I didn't see it that way, and I know the stricken look on my face must have cut him like a knife.
He is my biggest fan, and loves to watch me work my horses and has a keen eye.
We , when younger, don't have a broad view on all the variables that life can so quickly throw at us. It's when we get older, and have so many responsibilities that we then can look back and understand where our parents were coming from, most times anyway.
Enjoy the time with your dad at the barn, I'm amazed he doesn't complain about it and I think perhaps he cherishes this time with you. A father knows that eventually some one else will come along and he will not be the "man" in your life anymore. Though I have to say, I am a daddys girl and **** proud of it, even at my age!