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post #11 of 15 Old 03-19-2011, 08:30 PM
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My parents have always been supportive. It took a few years of continually bugging them and taking lessons before they decided it wasn't just a "phase" that I'd grow out of. My dad even took some *GASP* English riding lessons with me, and when we finally got horses, he got one for himself too, so we could go trail riding together. Mom rode a horse ONCE when we were horse camping, and has refused to ride since then, but she still comes to shows when she can. After dad's horse was put down, he hasn't done anything with them since, but they both support my decision. My younger brother used to ride, but quit after my dad's horse took off with him, and ran him under some trees, and my older brother has never had an interest, and definitely used to "hide" whenever he was in the car and my mom would take me to the barn. He's better now, but still isn't a huge fan. My dad's definitely been more of the "its not really as dangerous as you think it is" kind of person, and wanted me to go whatever direction I wanted to go in, drove me around to look at horses, and my mom is a bit more the "it looks so dangerous, are you sure you are being safe, make sure that you do a,b,c to ensure your safety" kind of person, so she'll come to shows, but it took years of dad telling mom that I wasn't a good rider, took lots of lessons, and knew what I was doing, before she backed off a bit. They paid for years of lessons, pony club, two of my horses, gas to get to the ranch, all my competitions, and then when I hit 18, they said that I had to start taking over paying for the horse, and if I couldn't afford it, then I had to sell, as it is expensive, and they didn't want to spend the rest of their lives paying for my "hobby", I now train horses, and hope to work as a breeding manager at a farm, and they still support me, though they do think I could make better money with a different job.
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-20-2011, 10:27 AM
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My Dad thinks it's a waste of time and money, but I pulled the "are you paying for it?" card(I work part-time and pay everything myself) and he doesn't comment on it anymore, just drives me to and from the barn with the music blaring so he won't have to hear a word about horses.

Mom tries to make an effort. She had friends who were involved with Standard bred racing when she was growing up, and they were heavily involved so she tries to meet part way with me. She can't understand it, but she's excepting that this is something I am going to do, and that she can't talk me out of it, and watch's my lessons/tests and is coming to my shows this summer! (Dad is staying home obviously, but he's no-longer making negative comments, that is the best I can hope for. When I eventually get my own horse this will probably change and I'll have to tell dad if he wants to come to the barn he is not allowed to bring food because he is spoiling my horse)

When my cousin and aunt came home to visit a while ago, she wanted something to do since she moved to an area with little entertainment. Now, she rides horses because of me haha. It boggles my Nans mind.

So my parents aren't awesome yet, but they are coming along. When I eventually get my own horse, I can see them trying harder though.

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post #13 of 15 Old 03-20-2011, 10:44 AM
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haha, you guys are so lucky!

My parents have never been overly supportive of me riding horses. I mean, they used to pay for my lessons, but kept asking if I really wanted to continue, and I think they thought I would grow out of it at about 12. Even now, at 18, they still tell me to shut up when I start nattering about what I've done at the stables, or how Lottie is progressing.

They don't understand why I love horses and I guess they never will to be honest, but I don't really mind, I'm used to it now. It would be surprising if they ever did make an effort! I'm not begrudging them, because they don't understand, and they're there for me in every other thing I do. :)

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My hubsand is not a horsie person. He is alergic to horse hair (dander?) and also the hay dust. Makes him break out in large red welts. These last 5 weeks while i've my mending my hurt back, he's loaded up on benadryl gone out and fed and brushed Jack 2 times a day for me.. Some days he'd stay out there for 45 min, just to scrach, pet and brush him.

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post #15 of 15 Old 03-21-2011, 03:47 AM
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haha, you guys are so lucky!

My parents have never been overly supportive of me riding horses. I mean, they used to pay for my lessons, but kept asking if I really wanted to continue, and I think they thought I would grow out of it at about 12. Even now, at 18, they still tell me to shut up when I start nattering about what I've done at the stables, or how Lottie is progressing.

They don't understand why I love horses and I guess they never will to be honest, but I don't really mind, I'm used to it now. It would be surprising if they ever did make an effort! I'm not begrudging them, because they don't understand, and they're there for me in every other thing I do. :)
I know what you mean. Don't get me wrong I love my mum but... she often gets me to hurry up and stop talking. Also if I don't ride for a couple of days (especially when I had a big crash with confidence) for whatever reason. She tells me to hurry up and ride or she will sell my horse. That kind of hurt when I was trying to build my confidence back and she was getting really angry at me for not getting on and cantering around straight away.

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