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        02-17-2010, 12:15 AM
      #81
    Weanling
    I'm still working on it to!!! My dad said if I could take care of my dogs for a year I could get one! I guess you could try a deal like I am. I knew they are expensive so I said I would pay for tack and equipment ,but my mom was like you are not getting a used saddle I will buy the saddle.lol. :)
         
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        02-19-2010, 04:31 PM
      #82
    Yearling
    I have been BEGGING my parents to let me ride horses for as long as I can remember. My father hate's horses, even still today, and I own one.
    My parents both protested to letting me ride horses, there reasons being "look what they did to christopher reeves, you'll get killed!"

    But I was persistent, looking up local barns that offered lessons, the prices, etc.

    At 9 3/4's years old, I found a barn in my area, the lessons were medium in prices [not cheap, but not the most expensive" I gave my dad the number and told him to call them and find out about lessons. He finally agreed, and he called them. They told them they had a 5 month waiting list for riding lessons, and I waited those 5 months. I remember, it was march when they scheduled my first lesson. I expected to show up, and get thrown on a horse.

    I was wrong, I showed up, and a beautiful appy pony mare with a flaxen mane was on the crosstie's. The instructor greeted me, and after some financial things were discussed with my mom she taught me how brush the mare, pick her feet, tack her up. I was lead around on a lead rope, took a few trot steps [took me 5 weeks of riding to get posting down :P] After that she taught me how to take care of the horse after the ride and put her away.

    I loved it. I've been riding nearly 7 years now. Same barn. At that barn I learned the responsibility of caring through horses, cleaning up after them, etc.

    My mom always came to my lessons, slowly warming up to liking horses. 5 years into my horse life I got her into taking lessons there herself.

    Throughout these seven years I begged nearly daily for a horse to call my own, my dad tossed it off as a ridiculous idea, he never took my passion for them seriously.
    My mom said it would never be financially possible, ever.
    I was down, depressed.

    Soon after my mom started riding she took up my interest in owning a horse, and started pursuing my dad also.

    Not this last christmas, but the one before that my dad surprised me and my mom with an adorable, stocky, pony. Bombproof to ride.

    Me and my mom were over joyed, but soon after our joys were shattered. Our pony had been abused in the past, and due to my dad's inexperience with horses he didn't really examine the pony. One hour with the pony would show you he was aggressive. He bit and kicked anyone he could reach. We tried so hard to gentle him, he had him for two months till he put my mom into the emergency room with stitches to her scalp, he bit her extremely hard.

    We didn't get out money back on him, we gave him back to the woman who sold him to my dad without a second thought.

    We took a break from owning horses for a while, but this coming august the barn I was taking lessons at received a new school horse. One ride on this boy and I connected.

    I had my mother ride him at her next lesson, she clicked with his as much as I did, we loved him. We asked the owner of the barn if he was up for lease [she leases school horses out sometimes] she said she would allow us to lease the horse. 2 months into the lease and the owner of the barn approached us, with a price. She told us she would sell him to us for 8k. 8k was way over the price my mom ever expected to pay for a horse, but she did it. And now we own my boy Mickey, and we love him, to death, dad's permission not required in this situation.
         
        02-22-2010, 03:26 PM
      #83
    Weanling
    I'd been riding since I was 6, but I lived in the suburbs, and we weren't well off financially. After years of lessons and reading every horse book I could get my hands on, and doing tons and tons of research, my parents relented and bought me my first horse when I was 15. And then a car to visit him at the stable!

    What made my parents decide was that we had bought land and were going to build a house on it, so eventually we wouldn't be paying for board. My horse was also boarded at a friend's house and they were not charging us. It also helped that my mother was wonderfully supportive and wanted me to have one, so she did talk my dad into it!

    Now that I'm older, it's the husband that needs to be convinced. He is supportive, but he is finding it hard to believe that a horse could cost $3,000... or more! Hopefully soon I'll have my next one!
         
        02-23-2010, 01:00 AM
      #84
    Foal
    LOL, when I was a little girl, I asked my parents and God numerous times for a horse. My parents kept saying no it was the upkeep that was so expensive. So one year I got a summer job and found a horse I could make monthy payments. I got the courage up to tell my parents what I did. Duke was a blessing cause he got the entire family envolved with horse activties. My dad bought our second horse. I had so much fun teaching my mom to ride. I am grown now and mom has passed on. I thank God for those precious memories. Oh yeah my dad pay the vet bills.
         
        02-23-2010, 01:35 AM
      #85
    Yearling
    I never did...My mommy and daddy don't buy me stuff I support myself and if I wanted a horse I had to buy and pay for everything myself
         
        02-23-2010, 06:26 PM
      #86
    Foal
    I didn't have to convince them, my mum has always loved horses and they got me my first pony when I was 3 years old
         
        02-25-2010, 08:11 PM
      #87
    Started
    Mine actually took very little convincing.. I was riding at a lesson barn and part leasing the gelding I was taking lessons on. But, he was for sale. So one day my mom heard that someone had put an offer on him, and she went to my BO right away and bought him for more than the other people had offered. Needless to say, my dad was PO'd!! But, I was happy! Hahaha. :)
         
        02-26-2010, 01:41 PM
      #88
    Yearling
    I didn't have to convince her. She saw my obsession from a little kid and fostered that love. We got my first pony because they gave it to us....cuz it was evil and foundering and died a lil while later but it was a good introduction into care. I guess she also figured since I wasn't scared off by the demon pony that I'd stick it out. So they got a lil paint pony I wouldn't ride because if my experience with the FIRST pony but I was still riding the lesson horses. 3rd time around my Mom was smart, she said if I could earn half she would pay for the rest. I think I had to earn like $500 for Artex a half welsh cob half arab gelding cutie! The lady selling him was my trainer so we worked out a deal for me to muck stalls .50 per stall and would keep track of it. I also did chores around my house for .25-$1 depending on the chore...lots of laundry, bathrooms and stacking wood ;)
    4th horse bought from same trainer paid $1500 all earned by working for her. He was an OTTB she rescued and we bonded she didn't have much of a choice because he would either throw or lay down on everyone else.

    My Mom always looked for consistency, she wasn't going to shell money out on a passing fad and I don't blame her. Even though I own horses now my son earns the right to ride, he's 5 and he has to help clean stalls/paddock, feed, groom and assist tacking up and down. I think if you have to work and work HARD for something and fall in love with it in spite of exhaustion, blisters and bruises then you have found something real and worth the time and money. But it takes time to really discover this.
         
        02-26-2010, 01:41 PM
      #89
    Foal
    I really like this thread lol,
    Well my mom has always supported me with horses, they are my happiness. My first horse was given to me by my auntie, My dad hated having to pay for an extra mouth, so I got a job at the ranch and paid most of the board off. With every horse I have ever had, my dad hates the fact that I put so much time into something "so useless" Buuut! After I got Johnny, My dad saw pictures and videos and what not and decided that he would take me out to the barn instead of my mom and meet johnny, that alone amazed me. But when he kept on commenting on how much he really liked johnny and the bond we had, that was a total shocker! My dad never complains about johnny, he actually congratulates me on the progress we are making and says he is super proud of me! It feels great, my dad isn't the sort to compliment me on everything, he wants a 'perfect' daughter. And working with horses just so happens to be what I plan on doing my whole life, He FINALLY supports that, and even comes out to the barn quite a bit always smiling. FEELS GREAT!
         
        02-26-2010, 02:49 PM
      #90
    Yearling
    I was lucky enough to be born to a mother who always had horses. So I have always had a horse... I could ride the old gelding we had by myself at the age of 2.
    That being said... Once I was about 8 yrs old... I resumed all responsiblity... as far as picking stalls, cleaning water tubs... feeding and haying. And once I was big enough to tack... I either tacked my horse, rode bareback or didnt ride at all...
    Once I turned 18... I took over all costs. My mom hasnt paid a penny towards my horses in about 4 yrs now. Of course at the time I had only 1. But because of my love and determination... and How well I have taken care of that one horse... the lady I got him from... has given me a yearling (now 3 yr old), and baby mini, and let me lease a mare and breed to her stud (with a $2500 stud fee) and Didnt charge me a Penny :)
         

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