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    08-10-2012, 11:41 PM
Can't be taken seriously with my riding

Im not really sure where to put this post but anyways. I have been riding since I was 3 non stop. I have moved around gone to quite a few different barns and I know I want to jump, hunters, jumpers, grad prix the whole thing.

I have never been able to own my own horse due to a few reasons like parents, money, space ect. I have only been able to show in IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Assoc.) I have done very well in it and I have become a point rider for my team now. I am by no means a bad rider. I have had a lot of differnt styles of riding drilled into me by many trainers which has made me pretty good rider.

I have been asking for my parents to get me a horse and if they could cover the boarding expense somewhere, and they just wont. I have tried asking the local barn owner if I could work off a board or just work at her barn for more was also a no. I am very thankful for just being able to ride in the IEA but I feel like I'm going in circles..not progressing.

I do dream about making it to the olympics (who doesn't lol) and anytime anything comes up about me getting a horse or progressing in my riding the idea just gets shot down, or Im told you need a plan "B". I really have no idea how im supposed to progress at all. Any ideas/help please. Im starting to feel like riding is just a joke.
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    08-10-2012, 11:42 PM
Lease a horse?

I'm assuming you're probably 18 or under since you're asking your parents. It's unlikely you'd keep the lease when you went off to college, and if it's only $150 a month, it's going to be a lot cheaper long term than a horse with boarding and vet costs and all that stuff. It's also already most likely trained very well. You don't have to worry about it at all if you lease it.
    08-10-2012, 11:50 PM
Tried that one. My parents said no. Also there aren't any barns around here with a lease program. The barn im currently training with, the lease is VERY expensive. I've tried getting a free lease with a lady in my old 4-H group but another girl wanted to lease the horse and the lady picked her because she was willing to pay money.
    08-10-2012, 11:58 PM
Originally Posted by PaintCrazed    
Tried that one. My parents said no. Also there aren't any barns around here with a lease program. The barn im currently training with, the lease is VERY expensive. I've tried getting a free lease with a lady in my old 4-H group but another girl wanted to lease the horse and the lady picked her because she was willing to pay money.
Are you sure? I find it hard to believe there are absolutely no lease places with reasonable prices around there. But I don't know exactly where you live so you could be right.
    08-11-2012, 12:07 AM
I think the first step would be getting a job so you can support a lease by yourself. Your parents would be much more inclined to allow you to lease if you can prove that you can cover the costs.
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    08-11-2012, 12:15 AM
^ I agree, show them that you are being responsible and REALLY want to follow your dream, and are willing to get a job to support it.
    08-11-2012, 12:16 AM
Welcome to the horse world, and welcome to youth riding.

Regardless of your age, people will always question your choice at the mention of the word "horse". You absolutely do need a plan B. You never know what can happen that ends your riding career.

That being said, you're underage. Is it really fair to ask your parents to take on the expense of a horse ON TOP OF lessons? Because in order to keep progressing as a rider, you're going to still need lessons. As you know, horses aren't cheap, and once you own a horse, you can't just stop doing it tomorrow - still have to pay for the horse until you sell it.

On the up side, if they are willing to let you keep taking lessons, do so. Network. Make connections and friendships. Those connections are what will help you find a situation you can manage. Instead of just asking your parents to take on the financial burden of a horse - why not get a job and earn the money for more lessons or to cover the expenses of a horse? Your post kind of comes off as though you feel you should get a horse because you're serious and really want it. But things don't work that way. You're not entitled to it - no matter how serious you are, or how good you are. It has to be earned.
    08-11-2012, 12:16 AM
I am younger and people don't like to hire me due to my age but I used to work as a stable hand, I watch my neighbors horse when they go away and work at a small tack shop on some weekends. Right now all the money I get will go towards my lessons and IEA. Ha my situation is sounding pretty helpless to me now.. Everyone around me has been discouraging me and saying give up now and its really driving me crazy..
    08-11-2012, 12:17 AM
Or, become the greatest volunteer the barns in your area have ever seen. Scrimp and save, swap and trade for some basic show clothes appropriate to your discipline. Put the word out that you are willing to ride anything and everything even the boring "coming off a lay up and must be kept at a walk" or "he spooks going by the stands, see if you can keep him going forward." Keep yourself in good shape and health. Display better than average manners, especially in crummy situations.

You may get some rides and who knows where it will lead. Some of us get this horse stuff handed to us. Most don't.
    08-11-2012, 12:20 AM
What part of Ohio are you in?

In your lessons, ask to ride different horses whenever possible to expand on your experience. Even if they're not as cooperative as others, you'll learn a LOT just by figuring out how to handle different horses in different situations.

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