I started asking my parents when I was 4. I asked for one EVERY holiday, Christmas, my Birthday, and even Valentines day lol. My dad was very supportive of this idea. He thought it would be good for me, but my mom thought I was too young. It took another year of asking and my dad decided at age 6 that if I really wanted a horse, that I would need to learn how to care for one... If I could handle cleaning up after a couple of our neighbors horses (5 all together!) and not complain, that he'd talk my mom into it!
I worked all summer, and on the weekends when school started. I was paid too! So my dad told me that if I saved up all my money and found a horse that he would match what I had saved...... After making $550 (that included b-day and xmas money... all I asked for was money lol) we started to look for a horse.
Right after my 7th birthday my dad found a 13 year old Arab mare and didn't tell me... he just threw me in the truck and started driving... I remember pulling up and seeing a beautiful horse in a field and a lady waving at us when we pulled up. I went straight to the fence to see the horse, and my dad asked me if I wanted to ride her... of course I said yes... while I was riding my dad asked if I wanted her....O.O I was shocked... I didn't think I had saved enough. He than told me they were selling her for $600... The lady asked me how much I had saved and I told her.
She sold me my Bella for $550, which included her saddle, pad, bridle, hackamore, a bag of grain, a bail of hay, all her brushes, halter, and lead rope! I was so beyond thrilled I nearly peed myself lol. We didn't have a trailer, so we had to drive home to get our neighbors trailer, and I went to grab my money but my dad told me to keep it, that I may want something special for my new horse!!
16 years later, I still have my Bella. I think my dad knew that it wasn't a 'phase" for me. XD
My daughter, on the other hand, got a pony before she could even ask for one lol.
♥ Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark ♥