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    04-09-2013, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by brittabam    
Your skills might still increase dealing with a different horse. All horses have something to teach us. Spending time on things you missed will also make you a better ride. I can tell you that from experience. I had to learn to ride all over again with my current horse. It has made me a better rider. I don't think their is anything wrong with that. Riding is a life long process.

I am not sure where you live but perhaps you could put an add on craigslist or make a sign in the feed store offering to ride someone horse. I know in my neck of the woods their are people always looking for someone to ride extra horses.
Never put anything like this on CL. That is good way to end up on "have you seen this..." posters. Adults end up dead all the time from such foolishness.

And OP, if by benefits, you mean food stamps? Then you need to realize that you at this point can't afford lessons. Period.

Have you asked about cleaning tack, or cleaning office, or even BO's car/truck in exchange for lesson?
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    04-09-2013, 04:58 PM
Legally they don't want to do an exchange unless it's a show stable with insurance. I don't ask my teenage help to do anything besides be my extra trainers.
    04-09-2013, 10:34 PM
Palomine, I don't think it's up to OP to realize she can't afford lessons 'period', it isn't so black and white.
OP is 13, she really has no business being in her parents' finances, and it sounds like her parents aren't including her in the financial decision making. She hasn't been asked to quit riding (in fact she said her mother said she didn't want her to quit), so there's nothing OP can, or should, do about it. Most parents hate having their kids nose into their finances, as it isn't any of their business.

On the flip side, I'm glad you're at least concerned, OP. I have a sister your age who couldn't care less about our families' financial situation and is always begging money out of my pushover fathers' hands. I think your best bet is to be super thankful for the lessons your parents are getting you but don't ask for extras. Be happy with what you have, don't fuss over it too much, and don't go after extra material things or ask for money. That is the best way for a kid to help out with their parents' pocket books, IMO.
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