Recently, my parents and I got into a semi-serious discussion about horse ownership. I was joking about them buying me a horse for Christmas (serious, even though I knew it wouldn't happen). They then proceeded to say "if you get straight A's for the rest of the year we'll lease Paquita (horse I love to death.) Now, this sounds like a great deal until you consider the barn she lives at. I would have little or no opportunity to do work with her on my own, and I would be under a lot of restrictions. And honestly, right now, I'm basically the only one riding her so its almost like a lease but cheaper.
I then asked what it would take for them to buy me a horse. "*sigh* *pause* Only if you could pay for all or a significant portion of it." And I asked, what if I could? What if I could right now? They said if I showed them the funds to care for a horse, we would have some serious discussions.
Well you know THAT got me thinking...Parents should really never put these ideas into their kids' heads.
So, about how much WOULD it take? About how much do you think I could show to my parents as a legitimate starter fund for a horse? (Note: I'm in the process of getting a job as a referee for kids soccer. Approximately 50 bucks (!!!) for a good game, with games at least weekly.)
I have the following:
Wintec Saddle (with changable gullet, so it can fit many horses), thin saddle pad, saddle pad with back riser, and shaped wool pad. I have numerous grooming supplies, proper equipment to ride (boots, helmet, crop, vest, etc), and a leadrope. My parents would pay for any lessons I took, (and seeing as they agreed to pay for leasing in full) shoes and vetting.
I am currently about 16 and a half, with riding experience since I was 9. I consider myself an advanced-intermediate rider with the ability to ride greenies. Thanks to this forum, outside research, and experience I have a good bit of horse sense.
Okay, sorry for the novel, but...Long story short, how much do you think I should consider (per month plus initial costs)?
(Final note: This isn't finalized yet. Seeing as I'm a junior in high school, buying a horse may not be the best idea for someone leaving for college in two years. There would be muchmuchmuch discussion about even considering the idea after I proved I had sufficient funds and cared enough.)