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        02-17-2010, 11:07 PM
      #41
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    Originally Posted by AppyLover615    
    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:
    If harsh is what it takes to get people to understand that horses aren't objects that we can love one minute and disregard another then so be it. I don't regret, nor would I take back what I have said.
    You know where I got my mare from? A girl who sounded just like wannahorse and who got everything she wanted, and once she got a horse that she had been begging for, for awhile, she got sick of that horse, and it sat in her back yard for 5 years. So excuse me for putting in my two cents when I see this replaying again.

    Like everyone else said, we're looking out for the welfare of the horse.

    And lets not forget that I work at a rescue and boarding farm, where I see girls ALL the time like her. When they first brought their horse to the barn they came almost everyday, but then once they got over their horse "fever" they came maybe every three months, on a good day.
         
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        02-18-2010, 05:18 AM
      #42
    Green Broke
    Yeah I think AL615 is right in saying the OP is probably very young, I think the OP should think a little more of what she wants, she seems to have changed her mind several times since this thread started! I wanted a horse when I was 5 :P, didnt get one until I was 17. My parents knew nothing about horses so couldnt help me look after it. Op- if you think you can look after your horse on your own and you are old enough and mature enought to then consider it, but I think you should bored the horse so less pressure is on you.
         
        02-18-2010, 08:13 AM
      #43
    Weanling
    Well I was young when I got my first horse. I was only 10 or 11. (I have had him for 2yrs in May!!)And I still love Sonny to death. I go out to see him whenever I can. Even if I can't ride. Just to go spoil him :).
         
        02-18-2010, 09:22 AM
      #44
    Foal
    I totally see where your coming from White Foot, it is really sad about the amount of animals given up because their owners simply lose interest in them :(

    I don't think the OP saw (understood) where you were coming from, but at least she said before she would just go out, after she convinced her dad, and get one, she'd give it time. Hopefully she will be aware by that time whether or not she will be willing to make a long-term commitment for a horse and make a good decision for both herself and a horse.

    ~AL615
         
        02-18-2010, 10:17 AM
      #45
    Showing
    Appy, my greatest concern is because she herself admitted that one minute she thinks she loves horses, and then the next doesn't want to be bothered with them.

    As far as I'm concerned, if you're not absolutely, positively, unwavering in your desire, you shouldn't take on the care of a living, breathing creature. The one who gets the short end of the stick will be the horse, and I find that intolerable.

    The OP should continue to take lessons, as well as get a weekend/after school job taking care of horses. Mucking, feeding, watering, sweeping aisleways, grooming, bathing, cleaning tack, hauling feed and hay, and on occasion helping to keep fences repaired may make her realize that horses really are hard work, and not all fun and games.

    We're talking about a living animal, not a My Little Pony. You can put down a My Little Pony and walk away. You can't do that with a real horse. Whether or not someone 'feels like it', horses need to be cared for and kept properly exercised.
         
        02-18-2010, 10:32 AM
      #46
    Banned
    OP, here is an idea for you until you get a little older and are more sure buying a horse is the right thing for you.
    Take the money you would have spent on board/lease and take more lessons per week.
    You will get more ride time and have the extra benefit of extra lessons.
    And the idea of seeing if you can help out part time at the barn is a great one too.
         
        02-18-2010, 03:32 PM
      #47
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    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!
    Hahah... yea... I know the feeling.

    No one here is trying to insult you. You yourself said its an off and on thing. Once you own a horse... you can't just quit taking care of it. Its like a kid. Completly dependent on you. If he's sick... you have to be the one to take care of it... while your friends go to the movies or the mall. You may have to walk them till 3 in the morning and get up and go to school the next day.. dead beat tired. You have to be willing to do the work. Work comes before fun with horses. And you have to be willing to sometime give up other activities. Horses are a HUGE responsiblity. And there should be lots of thought put into getting one... not just buying one on a whim... because today you feel like having one.
         
        02-18-2010, 03:36 PM
      #48
    Started
    Maybe I'll ease up if she can answer these questions:

    How do you plan on buying a horse?

    How much do you plan on spending?

    Where are you going to keep the horse? At your house? At a barn?

    If you keep it at your house where will you get the money to build a shed/barn, and put up fence?

    Where and how much will you pay for hay and grain?

    If you board how will you make money to pay for board?

    How would you get to the barn whenever you wanted to go?

    How much per month do you think a horse cost?

    How much are you going to spend on tack, and horse products?

    How do you plan on paying for vet bills?

    And what are you going to do with the horse when you go to college?
         
        02-18-2010, 05:13 PM
      #49
    Yearling
    I have been looking at online horse ads. Lets say me and my dad went to look at one...we would bring the owner/head instructor at the horse barn I ride at weekly. I plan on spending 0-$7500. My family recently bought 10 acres there is alredy a barn there that my dad refurbished,and we had a Morton pole barn built, and they just got the roof on our new house! So I calculated to yearly cost if I board or if I kept it at home...i decided I would keep it on our property ( and yes I know its a ton of work, but I am more than willing to do it) And for all the money-related questions: I will do more chores around the house, and use my b-day/xmas money to help with costs. But I can't legally get a job. Not trying to brag in any way..but my dad owns a company so we can afford it (that is if the horse is kept on our property) I figured out that the annual cost (estimate) for feed (including grain+hay) would be around $800. Idk the per month cost but the per year cost is around $1800. When I go to college I will either lease out the horse at my barn ride at currently, or sell it (i would really rather lease it out though) So that's what I have so far. Thankyou for actually asking me questions instead of flat-out telling me I couldent handle it:)
         
        02-18-2010, 07:45 PM
      #50
    Foal
    It's good to see you are doing some research... and I did ask you a few of those same questions, your answers are encouraging, but I'm still of the opinion that working at a barn for a while before you decide is the best idea. From a parent's point of view: If my daughter were to spend her summer working at a stable, doing all the dirty work that entails in order to prove to me she could handle it... she would get her horse. The proof is in the pudding :)

    Now my reality is this... my daughter does have her own horse, I own Milo and she owns Lil Blackie but I take care of both of them because her passion for horses comes and goes.....
         

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