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post #11 of 21 Old 08-05-2010, 11:42 PM
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I've been wanting to own a horse for awhile (but I lack the knowledge of care)


I'm sorry but I just have to applaud you for seeing your abilities. I am so sick of seeing the preteen girls in my area (the ones that come from richer families) cry and pitch a fit because they want a pretty horsie. And none of these kids know the first thing about horse care. One of them almost poisoned her horse by hand feeding it what she called "yummy grass". I can't think of th plant name now, but thank the lord somebody was there and recognized what she was about to feed her horse.

Sorry for my rant. You are showing responibility for taking the time to know how to care for a horse, as well as working for your riding lessons.
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-06-2010, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! :)
I'm glad that someone applauded me for something that I didn't think was possible to compliment about. (woah, confusing sentence). I know that I probably won't be able to care for a horse for a few years, until I know all the ropes. My other riding stable didn't even teach me how to put on a simple halter, and he expected me to know how to saddle the horse even though I explained to him I needed to be taught. But besides saddling, I have the grooming part down pat, and now I just need to learn everything else. I can't wait to learn, and that's surprising coming from me! ;)

P.S. That's very sad for the horses that live with those people around you. I wouldn't want to keep any pet if I didn't know how to keep it happy. It would kill me inside if something was unhappy and suffering because of me.
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When I was between 8-10 years old, I thought I knew how to care for a horse just because I had read a few books on them and everybody in my class (of 19 kids) called me the horse expert. Thank G-d my parents didn't have the money to buy me one. I only learned how little I knew about the actual care of a horse until I took my first riding lesson at 13. I've been working with horses for 5 years now, and just this week I was allowed to work with the horses by myself for the very first time.
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post #14 of 21 Old 08-06-2010, 01:03 AM
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Is there a way that the trainer will let you work off some of your lesson fee? I used to do that when I was younger cause my parents couldn't afford even the 20 for an hour that it was. So on Sundays when my lessons were I would cleans some stalls and in turn that paid for my lessons. Talk to your trainer. Many barns I know do allow this.
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post #15 of 21 Old 08-06-2010, 11:17 AM
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Unfortunately horses are very expensive animals. You buy the horse but then you have to buy tack, feed, vet care, ect. BUT if you have the will you can find a way ;) I know I'm eating ramen noodles all year so I can afford to take some horses to arabian nationals in 2011 (and don't even get me STARTED on how expensive THAT is). ;)

The others have given you some good ideas. Maybe your parents can pay for at least half? Or you could ask for money for your birthday/other holidays for lessons.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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post #16 of 21 Old 08-06-2010, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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The others have given you some good ideas. Maybe your parents can pay for at least half? Or you could ask for money for your birthday/other holidays for lessons.
I've been thinking about that and I was even thinking about not having a birthday party so that I could get more money, because my mom said she would rather give me the money than run an expensive birthday. But in the end I'm not sure if I would get more money from not having a birthday or money from my friends. Mostly what I will be asking for for Christmas too will just be riding clothes and money for saving up for a horse. I've also entered alot of my poetry to competitions and I am researching so I can do online articles to earn money. I have a will and hopefully there will be a way!
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Not having a party sounds like a good idea actually. Would your friends actually give you money or just gifts?
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post #18 of 21 Old 08-06-2010, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Some of them might give me money, the others would give me small gifts, but in order to get all money I would have to ask, and I don't want to sound greedy or anything so I don't think that one's going to work out.
Last year I was going to get a laptop if I didn't have a bday and gave up the priviledge of having more presents, and laptops are expensive, so I might be able to get around the same ammount of money if I don't get so much stuff this year.

Oh, and don't worry, I didn't get a laptop. I quickly changed my mind to horse riding lessons!
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It is nice that your parents are trying to help you make this work. It sounds like they see how much you want this and how you are trying hard to help (and they just do not have the funds to simply hand over the extra monies).


When I was younger my birthday and Christmas present were both the money to ride in a small in barn lesson show. Best gift I could ever imagine.
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post #20 of 21 Old 08-06-2010, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, we're currently trying to pay off three different houses (and renting them out) so I guess it is the best they can do. But I'm glad that they are willing to do something like this!

I'm sure that was quite a gift... must have been really exciting to get that!! :)
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