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post #1 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Might need to give up horse riding for a while or cut back

First of, I'm on my cell so it's hard for me to type on it, that's why I'm going to keep it short. I've been taking weekly lessons for a year now and couldn't be more happier. I love horses so much. My mom got laid off from work and we are struggling. I help pitch in, being that I'm 17 and can hold down a part time job and babysitting. I pay for all of my needs, except for my braces, which I'm going to have to somehow come up with the monthly payments. Bottom line is that I don't have enough money for my riding lessons and obviously I'm horseless. I'm in tears over this, because riding/being around horses is the only thing in life I look forward to. I barely can even afford gas money to get to the barn and its a struggle getting there once a week. So my question is, Will I learn anything with a lesson once every other week?It will be only for a little while, until things get better at home. I feel like a loser at the barn, everyone else are older, own their own horses and can take as many lessons as they want.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 12:39 PM
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First off you're not a loser. You'd be surprised at the number of working adults who have the same struggles that you are having.
Have you approached the barn owner about possibly working in exchange for lessons? They may need someone to clean, tack up, cool down horses or many other things.
I'd love to have someone like you around.
You'll be fine with 2 rides per month. At least you'd still be riding.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks and I'm sorry about the rant. The barn is private and small. I help out if I have time after my lessons, but there usually isn't much to do. It wont hurt to ask though.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 12:56 PM
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Try asking at other barns too.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 01:50 PM
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You are definitely not a loser. You also may look into other barns, particularly bigger barns. You are not going to miss out on that much if you change to once every two weeks. Budget concerns are a reality for most of us and adjusting ourselves around what we can afford is a part of life.

Hang in there, I hope things get better for you.

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 01:52 PM
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You should be proud of yourself. At only 17, few kids would think to help their family like it sounds you are doing. Keep your head up & remember, struggles in life help you become person in the end
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 02:29 PM
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Don't feel like a loser! I was unable to ride consistently from 18 to 25, because I had way too many other costs. I did find barns that would let me ride in exchange for stall cleaning, etc but when it came down to it, life had other priorities and it just wasn't an option to ride all the time. You'll work something out eventually, and if you really want it bad enough, there will be a way.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 04:58 PM
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Will you turn 18 before November?

One man, one vote, use it wisely.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the encouraging words. I will try my hardest to keep my weekly riding lessons, but it's going to be difficult. I'm willing to do anything. I finish school this month, so I'm going to try to find more work. I also have to save for uni this year though, so I have to use my money wisely. And yes, I turn 18 this May, so I WILL be voting this November.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-15-2012, 12:29 AM
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I am an adult, I own my horse and I don't even ride every week. You are actually being incredibly responsible and cutting back when you need to.

Yes you would get something from just riding once a week, heck you'd get something from just riding once a month. You don't have to ride to be around horses if you can get yourself to the barn. Lots of stuff we learn is learned in the barn rather than the arena.
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