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post #31 of 32 Old 07-09-2012, 09:12 AM
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Hmm. This a tough one.

Is there any way you could find a different camp? Most of the ones around my area are at least six days long. There are some available for more advanced riders, too.

I will admit that consistent lessons are better for learning how to ride.

However, if you really want to learn things about basic horse care, a horse camp is probably one of the best ways to go.

If you have a choice, a camp where you go to a place and sleep over there would probably be your best bet.

I have very fond memories of horse camp that I will probably never forget. It's simply a blast, even if you're advanced compared to other people. That's how my cousin and I were at last year's horse camp. There's something to be said about being able to help people and having fun relaxing!

If you go alone, you'll meet new people. I'm very shy too, and the first time I was away from home for more than three days was at my first sleep-away horse camp. I hung out with the group I was with and had fun!

I totally understand about your mom. It's been an adventure trying to get my parents to let me ride. Eventually, little by little, they let up! Tell your mom that a weekly commitment to the barn doesn't take a huge amount of time, unless your driving an hour to get there or something. Tell her that it is very possible for children to be at the barn even if the family isn't horsey. It just takes a little time and effort from either her or your Dad to drive you, which I don't think is too much to ask.
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post #32 of 32 Old 07-09-2012, 09:36 AM
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Money is tight for a lot of college students, but it you learn to ride well enough, you might be able to either pick up some cash or to get some free rides - I'm on vacation right now, and I don't want my horse to stand around in the paddock for a week getting lazy and losing his conditioning, so I pay someone to ride him. Not a lot, but it makes a difference to her, and I know that I'm getting him a quality ride and it takes the worry away from me. I know I'm not alone in this, either. A friend of mine who was in medical school (talk about time-consuming and expensive!) still had time to go exercise horses every week for a woman who had a string of 5 or 6 foxhunting horses, and not enough time to work all of them regularly.

It sounds like your mom isn't horsey at all, which is why she doesn't know about these things - don't worry about what is going to happen in the future.

Also, it's difficult right now (14 and 15 are two of the hardest ages to be, I think) but once you're a little older, you could get work mucking stalls and such, and instead of being a "hobby" like it is now, it would be a "job". My parents aren't horsey at all, and they don't really approve of time-consuming hobbies, but they *totally* understood "get a job". So that might work for you in the longer run. At least your folks will get you lessons - mine wouldn't even go that far.

Where there is a will, there is a way.
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