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        03-27-2009, 02:09 AM
    I know this already, and my parents are willing to help out
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        03-27-2009, 02:16 AM
    Originally Posted by horseluver50    
    thats just money I saved from not working.. birthdays and such.. if I work I will make alot more money...

    Are you just trying to find more things that could go wrong?? By the time I get a horse, I will be old enough to get a job, and I will make income.
    I've tried to let you know that you need to be prepared for bad things. Bad things can and DO happen. Horses are a luxury. Most adolescents cannot afford them. For example, any money you make will be counted towards your ability to pay for your own college. My goodness, I'm likely older than your parents and got first horse a year ago. They are expensive to maintain and it's not fair to your beloved horse if you cannot afford to treat it in case of illness or injury. Would you put it down if it became ill or was hurt?

    Look, I have 2 kids. Both are disabled due to a disorder they inherited from me. Didn't know that when I had them. I will soon go on disability after much nagging from my doctor. One of our dogs has seizures. Did I plan for any of this? NO! Stuff happens. The thing is...a horse is a luxury.

    When and if the time comes when you can afford a horse, I'd suggest letting your trainer choose for you. Your trainer will have a better understanding of your needs and ability. The trainer's decision will involve his head and not heart. It's tough to separate the emotions from your needs.

    I thought you said that your mom has repeatedly told you that you cannot get a horse and that they would not help with a horse.
        03-27-2009, 02:23 AM
    No, she just didn't want that horse... and you don't have to look on the bad side all the time... I could die tommorow.. but am I thinking about that... no..

        03-27-2009, 02:30 AM
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    I'm sorry - I'm confused. Which statement is true...

    This is stressing me out big time, cause my parents are losing money, so they can't help me out at the moment,

    I know this already, and my parents are willing to help out
    It can't be both. The economy is only getting rougher right now so don't count on help from your parents anytime soon. At a minimum you need $175 a month coming in to pay for board after the purchase price. You also need extra for farrier, vet, and any feed that the horse may need above and beyond what the board offers (which sometimes happens depending on what the agreement is). You only have $700, no job, and with the poor economy - even fast food jobs are hard to get due to so many trying for them. Just trying to keep you from making a mistake is all.
        03-27-2009, 02:43 AM
    Originally Posted by horseluver50    
    No, she just didn't want that horse... and you don't have to look on the bad side all the time... I could die tommorow.. but am I thinking about that... no..

    One thing you must learn from posting on message boards is that you can rarely control the way a thread will develope. When questions are answered honestly and with maturity, then outbursts like what I have just quoted from you are not necessary.

    You have given too many conflicting statements and when people have pointed out facts that really need to be considered you have come up with excuses. Your second thread about looking at a untrained filly (that could even be bred) then saying that, no you are not looking shows that you have not clearly sat down and really looked at your options and abilities.

    Get lessons and save your money. Most of us have not had the opportunity to have a horse at this age so you are not unique. Your mom sounds like she has your interests at heart and you should heed her advise.
        03-27-2009, 02:48 AM
    Honestly, while the OP is young, and has a lot to learn, I think she's mature for her age and willing to work hard to accomplish her goals. It may take a bit of trial and error to find out everything she needs to know about owning a horse. We all went through that. Yes, she's young. BUT she's ambitious, and that's good.

    We're not trying to criticize you - we're just trying to share our knowledge with you. When I was 13, I was saving up to buy a horse too. But the fact is, you can't work "on the books" when you're 13 - people can't legally hire you at a business. You can do odd-jobs for pay, like clean stalls, mow lawns, exercise horses, and sell things you make, but you can't ALWAYS count on that to be stable income. You know?

    Believe me, I tried it, girlfriend. ;]

    I'm glad that you're saving your money to make your horse-owning dream come true - just remember that after the horse is purchased, you gotta keep bringing in the money. There's actually a thread on here somewhere about the monthly and yearly costs of owning a horse.

    Board - $150-$500/month.
    Feed - $10-$25/bag - not sure how many bags per month, we dump ours in barrels.
    Vet - TWO of my five horses just had their teeth floated and their shots, and it cost $586. The cost of emergencies will vary - but it will be expensive.
    Farrier - $40/horse (barefoot) every 6 weeks.
    Wormer - $15/horse every three months.
    Bedding - $5/bag, 6 bags per stall, every month.
    Hay - $4-$7/square bale, about a bale a week/horse.

    You'll also need tack and grooming supplies, which, while are a one time purchase, are expensive to boot. Depending on where you live, you'll need winter blankets (which run about $100 each.) I live in Texas and I've got them for all five of mine.

    They're costly animals. Keep that in mind. :]

    But don't give up - your horse is out there somewhere, and when you find him or her, you'll be ready. Don't worry.
        03-27-2009, 02:51 AM
    Originally Posted by horseluver50    
    also, I don't have browband examples, cause I am just getting started.. but once I get some I will :)
    Yea, paypal is really amazing! I was scamed out of $400 and contacted them right away and they got my money back, yea I had to wait 30 days but at least I got it back!!

    I do also think you should keep looking, I started beging for a horse when I was 5 and had my own horse when I was 8, so if you ask me your plenty old enough, just keep working on your mom, she will cave with time!! I pretty much worked for my parents to keep my horse. Now I pay for everything my self, I just started boarding my horses at a really nice place! So im excited about that! But it might be good for you to wait tell your like 15 or 16 and you can get a really job, you should be able to have a part time job and school and have more than enough money to board.
        03-27-2009, 03:29 AM
    I will be saving my money for a year or so... my parents will be willing to help me out a little bit.

    Thank you, and once I make enough money, I WILL get a horse

    Thanks again
        03-27-2009, 03:32 AM

    Thank you, you have made some very great points... I have been looking into getting horse my whole life, so I know all the costs involved.. thanks for everything though, I appreciate it

    Twilight Arabians-- thanks again for all your help :)
        03-27-2009, 03:52 AM
    Not a problem. Best of luck. Glad you decided to save up. :]

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