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    01-30-2010, 06:23 PM
Green Broke
Roro, you are fortunate, but sounds like you appreciate your parents too.

While I was never able to convince my Mom or Dad that I needed a horse, they are my biggest fans today!

They love hearing my stories and have met many of my riding friends with genuine enthusiasm. Dad loves to visit and sit on the back deck and watch me work the horses both on ground and in saddle. He is quick to grasp what is happening or should happen, and is always full of questions that further demonstrate his sharp eye for detail.

So, at my ripe old age, I am still a girl in heart, basking in my parents admiration and moral support! I guess if you work hard and long enough, dreams do come true. LOL.
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    01-30-2010, 10:13 PM
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.
    01-30-2010, 11:25 PM
^ Awww that is a gorgeous story!

And I adore your daughter and her little pony, it is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time.
    01-30-2010, 11:35 PM
:) Thank you!
    01-31-2010, 08:25 PM
^^I knew you divorced your Ex-husband when he made you choose between him and Bella, but I didn't know you got her that young. What a sweet story. I still think she is just beautiful. Good luck as you deal with her cancer. It's so hard watching our beloved pets get older. I hope she proves the vet wrong and lives pain-free for many years.
    01-31-2010, 08:53 PM
Originally Posted by snoggle    
^^I knew you divorced your Ex-husband when he made you choose between him and Bella, but I didn't know you got her that young. What a sweet story. I still think she is just beautiful. Good luck as you deal with her cancer. It's so hard watching our beloved pets get older. I hope she proves the vet wrong and lives pain-free for many years.
Thank you so much. She is actually doing remarkably well right now. We have her on an all mash diet, and it seems to be helping her a lot. The vet even said light riding (walking on flat ground) would be good for her, which I am happy about. We have come a long way together, and I think we have a long road still to come.
    01-31-2010, 08:56 PM
Hmm well both sides of my family have horsey past actually my grandpa died from a heart attack on his horse. Anyways I was always into horses anything to do with horses was a dream come true and my dad wanted me to have a horse. So we looked and looked finally finding Champ a unbroke skinny little quater horse. But my mom was set aganist it I promised I would take care of him... And the present I have the best horse in the world! And very supportive parents.
    01-31-2010, 09:25 PM
Green Broke
I was lucky enough to be born into a family where horses were already a part of our lives. From there, it was just a matter of convincing them I needed this horse when the "need" for another arose, lol

Fast forward several years and I was blessed with a daughter just as horse-crazed as I was/am. It took her and I quite a while to convince my husband that we needed a horse. I think DD had pretty much given up, and that broke my heart. I sat down and figured out exactly how we could make it work and pretty much presented it to my husband as, "This is what we need to do for her birthday this year" and he didn't argue, for once.
    01-31-2010, 10:03 PM
Lol it was easy, I came home on my birthday and there was a pony tied to the asking involved!

Second horse, I sold the pony, and my mom let me look on the internet to get another one, also no asking involved.
My mom has always let me have horses
    02-16-2010, 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by Annaland13    
My parents have been warming up to the idea of me having one. Theyre just worried about the vet bills.
Vet bills aren't as bad as the sound - I think Shannon's yearly vet bills might be 200 dollars, more or less. (I'm actually thinking less) Her farrier bills are... 240 a year. Course we have an inexpensive farrier. If you get a healthy horse, you shouldn't have many problems

Hope this helped, I really hope you can get one

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