Yea, there's hunters around the fields but never in them, because they're privately owned by non-hunters and parks where they've restricted hunting. Even so, I always wear a bright green vest, put bells over Arthur's neck in winter, and put something bright on my miniature mare that runs around us when I ride. My mom has seen that I can handle myself on a horse; she just doesn't like me riding by myself unless I stay in the small area around our house that's just grass, where she can see me out the window....And I can't go faster that a walk. And the miniature mare always runs into the woods, so Arthur freaks out. (he and the mare are literally inseperable. I can't go on a ride without the mare running free around us, or Arthur freaks out and it's just bad...)
Sam got her mom to talk to mine about her purchasing or leasing a horse, and her mom told mine that she just doesn't want to have to pay for board, lease, feed, hay, etc...And in my school district we're going to have to pay $600 per school sport since the levy failed, starting january. Sam's doing a few sports so her mom said she can't pay for a horse and the sports.
As for having a schedule and holding her to it, honestly, that wouldn't work with us. I'm at my dad's house half the time, and my mom has errands to run and bills to go pay, etc during the day.
Thanks anyway, guys! Sam's still trying to convince her parents to let her get a horse, so it may work out lol