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post #41 of 96 Old 01-01-2010, 12:26 PM
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I didn't really have to convince my dad I needed a horse, I was pretty grateful to have two rabbits, two rats and he just spent $1200 on my baby rabbit to cover an eye injury, so I considered myself pretty lucky. I've wanted to ride since I was 4 years old, but my mom wasn't made for the barn and neither was my dad, they were both big business owners/city people but after 5 years of wanting to ride and loving horses they got me into lessons. I've been riding one year and without complaint I just rode what they brought me and I have progressed from never sitting in an English saddle before to jumping a 2'6 course, haha. My dad and instructor decided it was time for me to own a horse, and I did too considering all the BS I had to dig out of with the schooling show at our barn. I was on 8 different horses! Anyway, my dad and I, as well as my instructor decided that if I truly want to move on in riding I need my own horse!
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Thats cool!

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post #43 of 96 Old 01-01-2010, 06:32 PM
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I started taking lessons (saddleseat) when I was six, once I fell off a horse and that night I was begging to buy him. Well we didn't buy that one. In 2001 ish my dad bought my mom a horse for her birthday (she had been taking lessons also) four more horses shortly followed that mare. Around here if you buy a horse, you suddenly start getting calls asking if you want another. I finally had horses but not my own, my dad promised that when I was ten we would start looking. But when I was eight, I woke up on Chrismas and I had a horse =]

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post #44 of 96 Old 01-01-2010, 10:45 PM
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Well both my parents used to ride. (My dad on a farm in Utah, my mom at an english barn).
We lived in a neighborhoood for seven years, but decided to move back to the country, that house that we liked, on the papers it said this:
And I said: "It would be really cool to have a horse..."

And that's how my story started. And once we moved on from that house (someone had already made an offer), the next house we looked at, the people had horses. They let me get on him, and just sit there. The FIRST time I was on a horse.
Then a lady asked my dad how to build a stepping stool for horses.
And he told her that I liked horses (which was and still is a HUGE understatement(I know that has to be spelled wrong, but oh well).
She said this: "Well I have horses, why don't you come out, and let her ride?"
And THAT'S how I got started on horses.
after that my parents decided to let me get a horse :) but I only had six months of riding, so I took lessons for another six months, and then bought my horses.
And I have now been riding for almost three years. :]
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post #45 of 96 Old 01-02-2010, 01:47 AM
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My mom did most of the convincing! lol
For the most part anyway..We would both look at horses online and both critique them and look for other horses to get.
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post #46 of 96 Old 01-02-2010, 11:03 AM
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I wasn't brought up in an environment conducive to horses (I was a navy brat) until my family moved to Texas so I'm not sure how I caught this "disease". However, 20 years ago I was 5.. I was sitting on my dads lap asking for a horse and he PROMISED me that when he retired from the Navy he would buy me a horse.

7 or 8 years later.. the day after he retired from the Navy we bought Prince and I still have him. :o) He is now one of my lesson horses.

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post #47 of 96 Old 01-02-2010, 11:25 AM
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Well, My mom, sister, and I all begged for horses and since we would have kept them at my grandma's and they wanted horses to come there my Dad bought an 18yo retired lesson mare. She was good for my parents but they noticed 15.3hh was too big for 6 and 7 year olds. So we got my baby Bart, we got him when he was 12 and now he is 19! He is a little guy, only 12.3hh. For us, horses were kind of a phase. Bart was stubborn and hard to control so my sister and I stopped riding. Poor guy sat in a stall/turnout for two years. The only reason I got back on was because I tried lunging him and he was awesome so it gave me hope. After two years of gymkhana and lotsa growing with him, we decided I needed a bigger horse. It was easy to convince my Dad to get me Tater(we didn't know of his bucking problem) because our old lesson mare had gotten old and her arthritis was too severe for anyone to ride her so he figured he would ride Tater as well. That didn't happen after the first buck and it was super easy to convince him to sell Tater. My current horse Dozer was a complete surprise to him. I had asked him about Dozer and he said no when he found out he was still green and 18hh, so I took my mom to see him when my Dad was camping and we brought Dozer home. When my Dad got back from the camping trip it was love at first sight. My Dad has ridden Dozer three times and its been 9 months but its because I'm picky about who and when can get on him. So overall I didn't have to beg...

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post #48 of 96 Old 01-02-2010, 12:20 PM
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I've wanted a "pony" since I knew what a pony was. But my parents thought I'd grow out of that stage. Well, I didn't.

About 8 months ago I started dating my boyfriend whose sister has a mare that they keep at home. And his sister wanted someone to ride with (me!). So she convinced her dad that we could take care of the horses and such. Once I had a place to board him ($75 a month!), I started looking. My dad is far more open to my ideas than my mom so he took me to look at horses. I fell in love with Diamond and, a month later he was home. I paid for him in full by myself and I pay his board myself. My parents pay for nothing. My mom didn't agree at first, but now she loves him just as much as I do. =)

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post #49 of 96 Old 01-02-2010, 02:34 PM
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I took the occasional lessons at camp and in college, had friends with horses, but never really wanted one. I always figured they were too much work. I've always had lots of large dogs, cats, etc., but never pushed for a horse despite loving them and being around them.

Then a couple of years ago, my dear husband (who'd never ridden a horse at all) went on a trail ride with some neighbor guys. From that day on all I heard was, "I want a horse." Knowing how little he helps me with the housework and other animals, I said, "No." Kinda funny since I'm usually the one hauling in the strays. He kept at it for over a year. Then he and the boys took me on some trail rides and then took me out just to "look at" some horses that were for sale. Little twerps talked me right into it (LOL) and we bought my horse that day! Bought the hubby's horse 2 weeks later. I LOVE having the horses and hubby is way more helpful than I'd expected - he did all of the wiring in the barn, put up the fence, etc.

So no need to convince daddy here - I was the one that had to be convinced! Of course now I want a mini, a draft or two, maybe a kid pony (and kids for that matter). Now I just have to convince hubby that two horses just won't be enough for us. LOL. Oh, and I'm trying for chickens too - but I think I'm gonna win that one if I let him get a beef cow .

See turning 18 doesn't eliminate the need to convince the men in your life - it just changes the arguments a bit. Good luck and have fun!

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post #50 of 96 Old 01-02-2010, 03:42 PM
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I got into a car accident when I was 16 and I told my dad that my biggest fear was not owning a horse before I died. So he told me that if I got a job he'd let me have one. So I got a job at McDonalds, saved up my money and got a horse. There was only a brief period of time when either of my parents paid for him.
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