12-04-2010, 05:42 PM
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Well, one thing you could do would be to lease a horse. That means that you pay a monthly price to sort of own a horse. This way you get a feel for horse ownership, but you can give the horse back if you don't like the horse, or the ownership.
But remember, horse ownership isn't just about knowledge, it is about experience as well. Have you taken any lessons? If not, I suggest you do, for at least 6 months.
Your parents are right, horses are expensive, and they are high maintenance. If you board, you need to see them at least 3 times a week, and if you are keeping them at home, you need to clean there stalls everyday, feed them, water them, and care for any wounds yourself. Not everyone is cut out for horse ownership. It is a lot of money, time, and money.
Good luck trying to convince your parents though! I was 12 when I got my mare, and she is my best friend now!