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post #1 of 37 Old 04-19-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to college in a few years and I was wondering how you guys do well in school, have a job and pay/spend time with your horse often. I am just getting worried about that...

I also have a choice I need help making-- Long story short: In March I moved to this barn I really love,(my mom only took me their too look at it, not my dad.) and she said it was fine to move and also did my dad because it is only .7 miles farther than the stable I was at. But then after 2 days of being their my dad forced me to move back to my original barn, I was so upset because I do not like some of the people their, it is unclean, hay is not quality, etc, etc. He said I had to move back because the roads are 'too dangerous' but even though I told him the care at the original barn was bad, he didn't care. I moved back March 3rd.

Now that I have a job I am thinking about trying to move back their, if I pay some of the board. Any suggestions to convince my dad to let me go back? (He is VERY VERY stubborn and only wants it his way) BUT then I have to think about college, and saving up....


Is it worth having $2,000 less by the time I go to college to go to the stable I like alot? Should I stay at the barn I don't like and save for emergencies?

I cannot decide what to do, any input would be great. Thanks!


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Well, I can’t awnser all your questions, but I would say you have to be able to balance your time wisely. I’m an college student, keep up with an house, actively job hunting and mange time for my horses. With the fact about the stable, you seem to need to think of a couple things. How much better care? Is it this hay, or is your horse possibly in danger where you are now? How much more of board is it? Can you drive yourself there? Can you improve your riding more there than you can where you are now? This somethings you should think of.

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Thanks for your reply!
The people know what they are taking about more, more active in the horses.
He isn't in danger, but this male at my barn kind of scares me but my parents think it is ok because he hasn't shown a record in 7 years.
I haven't talked to my dad about it, but I will probably have to pay 50-100 a month JUST in board their, plus supplements and I need to pay for college. Probably 50.

They are practically the same distance from my house but I would have to pay to go to this barn but I wouldn't have to pay anything to stay at this barn, but they are the same price! :P

I think my riding will be the same, their are more people at this barn I like but more people you can ask for help :) More trails too :)
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Well, I can’t awnser all your questions, but I would say you have to be able to balance your time wisely. I’m an college student, keep up with an house, actively job hunting and mange time for my horses. With the fact about the stable, you seem to need to think of a couple things. How much better care? Is it this hay, or is your horse possibly in danger where you are now? How much more of board is it? Can you drive yourself there? Can you improve your riding more there than you can where you are now? This somethings you should think of.


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If your dad is even paying part of the board, then its really worth considering his opinion. If he's so stubborn, are you sure he won't just stop paying for the horse if you push it enough? It doesn't sound too bad where you are, not ideal but not too bad.

Growing up I wanted to keep my horse stabled at the really nice places, with the indoor arenas, people my age, jump arenas etc but my family couldn't really afford to. Sure, I could have paid extra and they could have paid a bit extra, and for a while we did, but it wasn't really worth stretching ourselves for it when really we gain little.

Even now, there is a place with two indoors, cross country course, more young riders etc about 2km from my house. It would be pretty cool especially with winter coming to keep my horse there but it is significantly more expensive than where I will keep mine. Even when you add in the extra distance, it still works out cheaper to stay where I am.

I'm at university, and living out of home, and these are the sort decisions you need to make. When you go to college you're probably going to have to make sacrifices and the horse often isn't going to come out on top. I'd save if I were you, not just for college, but you might want to travel in a gap year or something, and you don't seem to gain that much from this move.
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Yes, my parents pay for the board. But the board at this place I want to go too is $155 and the place I am at is $160 now, so it doesn't make much of a difference.

It would save my parents money, but it would make me pay for some.

Yes, that is what I am thinking, if I push it too hard what will happen? I am not going to even say something in till I know how much I make. But about $260 a month.

I'm not a traveler ;) Thanks so much for the info!
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If your dad is even paying part of the board, then its really worth considering his opinion. If he's so stubborn, are you sure he won't just stop paying for the horse if you push it enough? It doesn't sound too bad where you are, not ideal but not too bad.

Growing up I wanted to keep my horse stabled at the really nice places, with the indoor arenas, people my age, jump arenas etc but my family couldn't really afford to. Sure, I could have paid extra and they could have paid a bit extra, and for a while we did, but it wasn't really worth stretching ourselves for it when really we gain little.

Even now, there is a place with two indoors, cross country course, more young riders etc about 2km from my house. It would be pretty cool especially with winter coming to keep my horse there but it is significantly more expensive than where I will keep mine. Even when you add in the extra distance, it still works out cheaper to stay where I am.

I'm at university, and living out of home, and these are the sort decisions you need to make. When you go to college you're probably going to have to make sacrifices and the horse often isn't going to come out on top. I'd save if I were you, not just for college, but you might want to travel in a gap year or something, and you don't seem to gain that much from this move.


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It's definitely not easy. I am taking 20 college credits and have classes throughout the day, starting at 8:30 and going until 3:00pm. I usually spend a couple of more hours in the library and get home about 5pm with all of my homework and studying done, then can spend 1-2 hours with my horse. Fridays I usually work after school for 4-5 hours. Saturdays and Sundays I usually 9 hours each. I never really have time to do other events that I want, but I am BLESSED to have time with my horse. I realize that this is only temporary and eventually I will have a life again! ;)
Money goes so quickly in college. $2000 won't even get you a quarters worth of tuition and books. I guess if you are going to have to take out loans anyways, what is a little bit more to know that your horse is going to be receiving much better care? But then on the other hand, you don't want to be stressed with a bunch of loans when you graduate.

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... but this male at my barn kind of scares me but my parents think it is ok because he hasn't shown a record in 7 years.
I'd get out of there NOW. We're talking about YOUR SAFETY here.
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Wow, that is alot of credits! But I just guess I need time management :) I have that now too. I can see where your headed, and when I get to college anyway I have to pay everything for him (gas to get out their, board, vet, dental, etc and it will be about $500 a month anyway) Do you have to pay everything for your horse during College? How do you make sure you have enough money?

Thank you :)!!!
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It's definitely not easy. I am taking 20 college credits and have classes throughout the day, starting at 8:30 and going until 3:00pm. I usually spend a couple of more hours in the library and get home about 5pm with all of my homework and studying done, then can spend 1-2 hours with my horse. Fridays I usually work after school for 4-5 hours. Saturdays and Sundays I usually 9 hours each. I never really have time to do other events that I want, but I am BLESSED to have time with my horse. I realize that this is only temporary and eventually I will have a life again! ;)
Money goes so quickly in college. $2000 won't even get you a quarters worth of tuition and books. I guess if you are going to have to take out loans anyways, what is a little bit more to know that your horse is going to be receiving much better care? But then on the other hand, you don't want to be stressed with a bunch of loans when you graduate.


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I know, my parents thought it would be a good for me to leave but since my dad made me move back he thought it was OK because he has been out of prison for 7 years and has not done anything.
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I'd get out of there NOW. We're talking about YOUR SAFETY here.


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