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        04-20-2012, 08:54 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Black Beauty--

    The sudden move back makes me think that your Dad saw something that scared the heck outta him - scared him more than the thought of you being near a guy with a criminal record.

    "Dangerous road" - what does that mean, exactly? High speeds? Blind turns? Poor traction? Isolated? A hang-out for gangs / drug dealers / drifters?

    I think - save your money....listen to your Dad...
         
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        04-20-2012, 10:04 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Creepy barn guys.. worth moving barns to avoid. Trust me..

    As for your father, talk to him about it (without seeming whiny, cause parents hate that.)

    As for how I manage to swing college, have a job (before I moved, 2 jobs,) and still have time to train and ride? Madness. Absolute sheer madness.

    I am a workaholic. I go to online school so it's a little bit different. But I budget my time. I study for 3-6 hours a day, give myself a day off for my horse, and squeeze in extra riding time inbetween a job. It's a circus act, but it makes me happy.

    As for having enough.. a good rule of thumb is to be able to pay for 1.5-3 months board if you suddenly lose your job. That gives you enough assurance so you aren't scrambling.

    So if board is $100, then you should have up $150-300. You should try and save as much as your paycheck as you can once you get all the bills paid (school, gas, food, utilities, etc.) obviously you won't have the bills listed but just to give you a good idea.

    You will just have to budget time.. and I highly recommend getting your horse to a place where you could use him in lessons or lease so that you have some help with board money and for supplements and such.

    Make sense?

    It's 2am here so one can never be too sure :P
         
        04-20-2012, 01:40 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94    
    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.
    Other people might think other things, but just because someone has a criminal record doesn't mean they're a bad person. I've known a fair few people who have criminal records and who have been to prison and while they have made some mistakes in their life, they are lovely people. I'd be really offended if someone avoided one of my friends because of their criminal record. They did their time and it's not fair that people treat them so terribly - especially if such a thing happened seven years ago. Of course this depends on the crime, but you didn't mention what this guy did.

    There are also some people that seem strange or "creepy" to people, especially teenage girls. I'm not saying that there aren't really messed up, bad people out there, but sometimes when people hear about a criminal record, and see someone unfriendly, they jump to the worst conclusions. If you've expressed your worries to your parents, and your father obviously cares, and they think this guy is okay then maybe he is, and you're just reading into it way too much.

    I obviously don't know your situation or this guy, but I just don't like people randomly jumping to conclusions :)
         
        04-20-2012, 03:47 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94    
    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 :)!!!
    So you have to pay for just your horse? Will your parents be assisting with tuition and books, or is that something you are going to pay for too? And, will you have rent/utilities to pay?

    I guess I am very lucky in that I still live at home. I do not have to pay for rent, utilities, or food. Along with utilities, they pay for water to keep the pasture nice and green. My parents also pay for my tuition because I do well in school and they want to keep me encouraged. I appreciate that!

    I pay for:
    - pasture fertilizer ~$250 (every 2 years)
    - hay for winter ~$350
    - grain
    - just got new car tires $400
    - oil changes
    - gas (monthly~ $140)
    - clothes
    - school books
    - phone bill
    - car insurance just under $100 monthly
    - laptop ~$800 I used graduation money for this
    - SADDLE after a YEAR of having no saddle that fit right I worked worked, worked last summer, saved some and with that + my tax return= buy a new saddle! It should be here in a few weeks!

    A tip for school books: buy used from online, places like Amazon or craigslist are good, then you can re-sell them at the end of the quarter on craigslist for nearly as much as you paid for them! If you have a really expensive book, then you can rent from CHEGG or bookrenter.com.
    Instead of spending $450 this quarter for USED books at the bookstore, I bought all online for only $215!! Very proud of myself lol
         
        04-20-2012, 05:35 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I have been at this barn for a year and a half, he went to prison as he says 'rape' or attempted murder on his wife. So it is serious. I have seen him get mad and it isn't nice.
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    Other people might think other things, but just because someone has a criminal record doesn't mean they're a bad person. I've known a fair few people who have criminal records and who have been to prison and while they have made some mistakes in their life, they are lovely people. I'd be really offended if someone avoided one of my friends because of their criminal record. They did their time and it's not fair that people treat them so terribly - especially if such a thing happened seven years ago. Of course this depends on the crime, but you didn't mention what this guy did.

    There are also some people that seem strange or "creepy" to people, especially teenage girls. I'm not saying that there aren't really messed up, bad people out there, but sometimes when people hear about a criminal record, and see someone unfriendly, they jump to the worst conclusions. If you've expressed your worries to your parents, and your father obviously cares, and they think this guy is okay then maybe he is, and you're just reading into it way too much.

    I obviously don't know your situation or this guy, but I just don't like people randomly jumping to conclusions :)
         
        04-20-2012, 05:35 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    He was in 25 years so I think that is serious enough.
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    Other people might think other things, but just because someone has a criminal record doesn't mean they're a bad person. I've known a fair few people who have criminal records and who have been to prison and while they have made some mistakes in their life, they are lovely people. I'd be really offended if someone avoided one of my friends because of their criminal record. They did their time and it's not fair that people treat them so terribly - especially if such a thing happened seven years ago. Of course this depends on the crime, but you didn't mention what this guy did.

    There are also some people that seem strange or "creepy" to people, especially teenage girls. I'm not saying that there aren't really messed up, bad people out there, but sometimes when people hear about a criminal record, and see someone unfriendly, they jump to the worst conclusions. If you've expressed your worries to your parents, and your father obviously cares, and they think this guy is okay then maybe he is, and you're just reading into it way too much.

    I obviously don't know your situation or this guy, but I just don't like people randomly jumping to conclusions :)
         
        04-20-2012, 05:36 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    No, he just doesn't like that it isn't all highway driving and he cannot speed on these roads. People drive on them everyday to go to work and I have 4 people saying their fine.
    No hangs, it is in the country.
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Daisy25    
    Black Beauty--

    The sudden move back makes me think that your Dad saw something that scared the heck outta him - scared him more than the thought of you being near a guy with a criminal record.

    "Dangerous road" - what does that mean, exactly? High speeds? Blind turns? Poor traction? Isolated? A hang-out for gangs / drug dealers / drifters?

    I think - save your money....listen to your Dad...
         
        04-20-2012, 05:38 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Thanks so much again :) Yes, I have great time management, I posted about the situation on the guy above :/
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Creepy barn guys.. worth moving barns to avoid. Trust me..

    As for your father, talk to him about it (without seeming whiny, cause parents hate that.)

    As for how I manage to swing college, have a job (before I moved, 2 jobs,) and still have time to train and ride? Madness. Absolute sheer madness.

    I am a workaholic. I go to online school so it's a little bit different. But I budget my time. I study for 3-6 hours a day, give myself a day off for my horse, and squeeze in extra riding time inbetween a job. It's a circus act, but it makes me happy.

    As for having enough.. a good rule of thumb is to be able to pay for 1.5-3 months board if you suddenly lose your job. That gives you enough assurance so you aren't scrambling.

    So if board is $100, then you should have up $150-300. You should try and save as much as your paycheck as you can once you get all the bills paid (school, gas, food, utilities, etc.) obviously you won't have the bills listed but just to give you a good idea.

    You will just have to budget time.. and I highly recommend getting your horse to a place where you could use him in lessons or lease so that you have some help with board money and for supplements and such.

    Make sense?

    It's 2am here so one can never be too sure :P
         
        04-20-2012, 05:42 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Yes, I can stay at home as long as I get into the college in my area, so I am keeping my GPA high and trying to raise my ACT. I dislike ACT very much :/ Suggestions to do well?

    They will not pay for my books, but they will let me live at home for free. I have to pay for everything of my horse, around $500 a month. I will have about $25,000 in my bank account by the time I go to college. (give or take) plus 5k if I save up from my work money over the next few years. I am keeping my GPA high and doing volunteering to help me later get scholarships :)

    Thank you!


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AQHA13    
    So you have to pay for just your horse? Will your parents be assisting with tuition and books, or is that something you are going to pay for too? And, will you have rent/utilities to pay?

    I guess I am very lucky in that I still live at home. I do not have to pay for rent, utilities, or food. Along with utilities, they pay for water to keep the pasture nice and green. My parents also pay for my tuition because I do well in school and they want to keep me encouraged. I appreciate that!

    I pay for:
    - pasture fertilizer ~$250 (every 2 years)
    - hay for winter ~$350
    - grain
    - just got new car tires $400
    - oil changes
    - gas (monthly~ $140)
    - clothes
    - school books
    - phone bill
    - car insurance just under $100 monthly
    - laptop ~$800 I used graduation money for this
    - SADDLE after a YEAR of having no saddle that fit right I worked worked, worked last summer, saved some and with that + my tax return= buy a new saddle! It should be here in a few weeks!

    A tip for school books: buy used from online, places like Amazon or craigslist are good, then you can re-sell them at the end of the quarter on craigslist for nearly as much as you paid for them! If you have a really expensive book, then you can rent from CHEGG or bookrenter.com.
    Instead of spending $450 this quarter for USED books at the bookstore, I bought all online for only $215!! Very proud of myself lol
         
        04-20-2012, 05:43 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Thanks for your post!
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    Other people might think other things, but just because someone has a criminal record doesn't mean they're a bad person. I've known a fair few people who have criminal records and who have been to prison and while they have made some mistakes in their life, they are lovely people. I'd be really offended if someone avoided one of my friends because of their criminal record. They did their time and it's not fair that people treat them so terribly - especially if such a thing happened seven years ago. Of course this depends on the crime, but you didn't mention what this guy did.

    There are also some people that seem strange or "creepy" to people, especially teenage girls. I'm not saying that there aren't really messed up, bad people out there, but sometimes when people hear about a criminal record, and see someone unfriendly, they jump to the worst conclusions. If you've expressed your worries to your parents, and your father obviously cares, and they think this guy is okay then maybe he is, and you're just reading into it way too much.

    I obviously don't know your situation or this guy, but I just don't like people randomly jumping to conclusions :)
         

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