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        02-17-2010, 11:37 AM
      #31
    Showing
    So we're snobs because we think you're not ready for a horse, when by your own admission you're only on-and-off interested in them?

    Horses are 90% WORK and 10% fun, dear child. If you're not passionate about them, the rewards won't be worth it.

    I love taking care of my horses, but often the weather makes things rather, ahem, challenging. I'll be honest; sometimes I'd rather huddle in the house with a good book, some chocolate, and snuggle up on the couch. But it's my passion for these animals that gets me out and up, and making sure they're taken care of properly.

    You seem to have the idea that it's all going to be fun and games, and it's not. It's hard, back breaking work, and if you don't find that to be its own reward, then you're going to be one miserable little cuss and your horse will be neglected.

    As I said, horses are a grand passion, not a passing fancy. You either have the bug or you don't. You don't appear to have it.

    Too bad for you that you don't like that answer, but our concern is for the animal who might fall into your clutches, not your precious feelings.
         
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        02-17-2010, 12:15 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty    
    There are many weeks I eat nothing but ramen. While my horses are out in seeded pastures with hay in front of them 24/7 and the best feeds. Are you willing to do that?
    Ramen noodles, lipton noodle packets and lucky charms are the only staples in my house! I spend more just on Danny's supplements than I do on my own groceries!
         
        02-17-2010, 03:47 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty    
    Well I agree with what has been said. You have to be ready to give up everything for a horse and do what is best for it. And if your not... you shouldn't have one. Im 21 and have had horses my whole life. And never once have I questioned my love for them. I have my own place with 4 horses. And let me tell you. There are many weeks I eat nothing but ramen. While my horses are out in seeded pastures with hay in front of them 24/7 and the best feeds. Are you willing to do that?

    Ohhh my goodd. I love ramen noodles I could eat them 24/7.
    Sorry, unrelated. But good points. It's a heavy commitment.
         
        02-17-2010, 05:51 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    Its not your concern to tell me if I have a "passion" or not,I would know if I did...and guess what? I DO. So for you people that actually answered my question,thank you! For those that found some way to offend me, that had nothing to do with what I was talking about...Well poop for you:)
         
        02-17-2010, 05:58 PM
      #35
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    Its not your concern to tell me if I have a "passion" or not,I would know if I did...and guess what? I DO. So for you people that actually answered my question,thank you! For those that found some way to offend me, that had nothing to do with what I was talking about...Well poop for you:)
    We didn't try and go out of our way to offend you. Guess what? When you grow up and go into the real world there are ALOT of people who can find a way to offend you. You can't let it get to you.

    Stop being a brat, that is exactly what you sound like. You CAN'T put a horse though what you're saying. You're very up and down, up and down. You need to get a good head on your shoulders before you even think about owning a horse. And right about now you sound like that girl on charlie and the chocolate factory... Take a step back, breathe deep, and come back when your head isn't up in the clouds.
         
        02-17-2010, 06:18 PM
      #36
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    Its not your concern to tell me if I have a "passion" or not,I would know if I did...and guess what? I DO. So for you people that actually answered my question,thank you! For those that found some way to offend me, that had nothing to do with what I was talking about...Well poop for you:)
    So, exactly what decision have you made? What plans do you have now?

    And by the way, nobody here has outright insulted you. Everyone here is trying to give you good advice that you should heed.
         
        02-17-2010, 06:42 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Sorry we arent saying "great go buy one" but that's not what you are always going to get when you ask for help. Just because we don't agree with you doesnt mean you came on here to offend a total stranger for blissful purposes. We care about you and your horse, and are going to tell you whats best, even if you don't like it. We don't hate you or think you suck we just don't agree with you. Get over it. Also, ALL the responses on here were to help you so saying "you were just here to offend me and not being relevant" that's not true, that's just trying to defend your sensitive ego.
         
        02-17-2010, 06:55 PM
      #38
    Weanling
    You'd think when the majority is saying that you shouldn't buy a horse, you'd get it through your thick skull that that is the absolute truth.
    Deflate your bloody ego and think about the horse, who cannot speak or scream but still needs a quality of life that just so happens to require a huge amount of work, experience, and knowledge.
         
        02-17-2010, 08:20 PM
      #39
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wannahorse22    
    Its not your concern to tell me if I have a "passion" or not,I would know if I did...and guess what? I DO. So for you people that actually answered my question,thank you! For those that found some way to offend me, that had nothing to do with what I was talking about...Well poop for you:)
    Find a barn that needs some help and start shoveling that poop you are referring to. Where are you going to board? How much per month will it cost? How much will hay/feed cost per month? How about tack? Do you have any idea how much a good saddle goes for? What about the vet bills? Vaccines, teeth floated, farrier services...etc etc.

    Having a passion is one thing, but learning and living the reality of it is another. Passion is not something that comes and goes. One really good sign of self awareness and responsibility is learning to take constructive criticism without throwing a tantrum and calling names. You aren't displaying that ability. The responsible thing to do at this point is to admit that you aren't quite ready for the reality of owning a horse, but it's a goal that you can work towards someday. I wanted a horse really bad when I was a little girl as well, most little girls do, thankfully I waited until I grew up.

    Now someone mentioned Lucky Charms up there.... good thing I have a huge box in my pantry because that sounds dang good right now!
         
        02-17-2010, 09:46 PM
      #40
    Foal
    I am probably going to get bashed for this (I hope not though!), that isn't my intention at all for that to happen, but I can see why the OP is upset with some of the things said about her. I wouldn't have used the words snobs or whatever she used to respond back, that IS a kinda rude, but I think a lot of you were being pretty harsh on her. Some of the posters did have construtive criticism, but when things like this are said:

    Quote:
    It sound like to me you're one of the people who just like to test to see if you can get what you want, then once you do you won't care. 'Ya know?
    So my answer is keep up with lessons but no, don't own a horse. :) We don't need anymore homeless ones
    (and btw I have NO grudges against the poster of this statement, so please don't think I do! :) it was just an example, in fact I like everyone on here so far.)

    Then people WILL get offended (and I am guessing >>if she is younger) and she might act a little immature. It might be more effective to tell the OP in a way to where it will be beneficial to her if she does want a horse (like many of you mentioned waiting until she is absolutely sure she could take care of one without losing interest) IMO the OP is aware of her interests wavering, or else she wouldn't have posted. IMO it is also not up to us to tell the OP or assume whether or not she has a passion for horses. We don't know her personally, but of course since she did post this thread, she might not get feedback she likes so much and especially if she throws jibes at people (it is not needed, she could've expressed she didn't appreciate comments in a different manner), but overall I don't think some should've been so blunt and harsh.

    To the OP if you are still here, I agree that you might wait till you are older or more willing to just focus on your passion for horses, as they are fun, but a HUGE responsibility (as was said) and know you might come across feed back here (or in the world as you go through life) you might not like, but be willing to take whatever criticism is given to you and apply it to your life in a positive way, rather than the way you did express yourself. It does no one good to bicker IMO.

    ~AL615
         

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