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post #21 of 33 Old 01-29-2013, 06:13 PM
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Are you paying for lessons yourself? If you only have lessons once a week, you could find a job somewhere else, and work somewhere else, all while helping your family and doing what you love. Once you turn 14 you can legally work anywhere (at least in Sask, don't know about where you live)

If your lessons are not expensive, you could do them if that is what you really love.

I don't think I could ever get rid of my horse, or stop doing what I love, I would find a way to make it work, even if it means working 7 days a week to keep my horse and to help my family (I am 15)
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post #22 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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I check out news paper adverts, and there was only one advert, I applied for it though.
I also looked at adverts for riders needed again only one in my area, the horse is 17h. Do you think a 13 year old 5ft girl could ride a 17h horse? I wouldn't be doing much jumping as the horse has just started working again after an injury.
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post #23 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 02:53 PM
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You're a little too stuck on age. Age has nothing to do with riding ability.

If you're trying to get some sort of riding position, I think you should try something else. No one is going to accept the risk of liability of letting a random 13 year old on their horse. You would have a better shot at finding a place with a lesson program and offering to work a weekend day and get a lesson at the end of the day.
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post #24 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 03:30 PM
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I check out news paper adverts, and there was only one advert, I applied for it though.
I also looked at adverts for riders needed again only one in my area, the horse is 17h. Do you think a 13 year old 5ft girl could ride a 17h horse? I wouldn't be doing much jumping as the horse has just started working again after an injury.
Why can't a 5 foot person ride a 17hh horse? I've ridden plenty that tall and I'm 5'1". Heck, I've put 6 year olds on a 16.3hh percheron Likewise, I've seen many men in 14hh horses. If he can't jump, he can't jump. What's better, not riding at all?
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post #25 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Oh no I don't mind that the horse can't jump, I just wanted to know if others thought it would be safe to let a 13 year old ride a 17h horse.
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post #26 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 05:13 PM
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I think, honestly, they may be a little cautious about a 13 year old riding a horse recovering from an injury. I'm assuming you're from England horsecrazygirl? Have you looked on the preloved website for any free loans / small jobs and errands on their site. It's quite good for things like that. Hope you're okay chick, it sounds like a tough situation.

I started saving for my own horse at 13, I know it's tough. I got a job at a boarding kennels on a saturday morning. It took me 2 years before I could afford my first horse, but it was well worth it! Maybe right now, getting your own horse isn't on the cards, but if you could get a little job on a saturday, you could put your money towards something horsey (riding lessons/loaning a horse/ even buying your own)
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post #27 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 05:39 PM
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Really, you've had some fantastic advice. But I will say that the best bit is to sit down and actually talk with your parents. Ask them to give it to you how it is - don't fluff or sugarcoat it. Ask them flat out, ans tell them that while you love riding if there is more important things you are willing to cut down or quit for a bit (It sounds like if you have to you're willing). Offer to maybe go every other week instead, or cut lesson time in half. Riding is what you love but we all have to make sacrifices some times. If you've been riding that long taking some time off won't change anything. But the person you should be talking to is your mom and dad... Internet strangers CAN give you fantastic advice, but we don't know your family situation. They will tell you better than we ever can.

Another thing: Parents will do a lot to make their kids happy and hide struggles. When you talk to them, they may very well say "Oh, no, you can keep your lessons." Don't drop it at that. It IS what you want to hear, but it may not be the truth. Still offer to cut down to every other week. Me mature about it - I'm sure they will appreciate it immensely.

I give you this advice as a child who, when I was young, we had next to no money. I know how much of a financial burden was put on her - I didn't at the time, but I wish I could have realized (I was a bit younger than you are) because I know it would have helped her immensely but she would NEVER have told me herself just how bad things were getting.
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post #28 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 05:44 PM
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If the OP is British - and since she says 'livery yards' and not boarding barns then I'm thinking she is - I'd be amazed if anyone there would let a 13 yr old ride a 17 hand horse. Its more typical for UK children to ride ponies until they're at least 16 - unless they're tall anyway - maybe if the horse was really quiet but I still doubt anyone would take the risk.
Have you thought about asking for jobs at the yard you go too that don't involve handling the horses - like mucking out, tack cleaning, general tidy up work etc in return for a free lesson?
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post #29 of 33 Old 01-30-2013, 07:05 PM
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If the OP is British - and since she says 'livery yards' and not boarding barns then I'm thinking she is - I'd be amazed if anyone there would let a 13 yr old ride a 17 hand horse. Its more typical for UK children to ride ponies until they're at least 16 - unless they're tall anyway - maybe if the horse was really quiet but I still doubt anyone would take the risk.
Just curious, why is that? I just don't see the risk there. I'd rather my child be on a SAFE horse no matter what the size. Plus at 5 foot I wouldn't consider her child sized.
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post #30 of 33 Old 04-09-2013, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all your help! I talked to my mum she says she doesnt want me to stop as it took me 3 months to get in!
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