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        06-24-2013, 08:26 PM
    I can see where everyone else is coming from but I also have my own experience (which was probably more luck than anything else). I got my first horse 2.5 years ago 2 weeks before I lost my job. My parents paid for boarding and necessities after I lost my job. As far as luxuries, I went without or asked for them for Christmas or my birthday. 9 months ago I finally found a job and resumed paying for everything my horse needed as well as boarding. I also started paying half the cable bill, my phone bill, gas, insurance, and whatever "wants" I had. One would think I have a good paying job. I don't. I don't even make minimum wage. But I had to decide what was important to me. Shopping, going out, or horses. Horses was always the answer. I still splurge occassionally but only after I know my horse was taken care of. I even just bought a SECOND horse a few days ago. I literally saved my change every week and when I could had extra I would throw singles, $5's, $10's, or even $20's into my piggy bank. My change paid for my new horse.
    The luck part was how much I paid for my new horse. I got a well broke show horse for $200. He's such a good, solid horse that someone offered me $3,000 3 days after I bought him. I turned it down.
    Be patient and keep your eye out for "steals"--horses that are worth way more than the asking price. Try Craigslist or petfinder (petfinder is an adoption website). It's worth the wait! Good luck!
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        06-25-2013, 02:58 AM
    I don't see why your siblings can't ride the new horse if you sell the pony. Given they don't cowboy around on it with out supervision. Most show horses are docile and broke enough for beginners to ride. Will they even be riding enough to make it worth to keep the pony? Im not saying every blue moon for a hop-on-hop-off, but for them to actually want to learn and put actual time into it?

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