10-02-2012, 08:41 PM
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Been doing this since I was 14 1/2. I'm 16, I work full time and do online school so I can pay for my horses. My grandma will occasionally help me out, but I do pay her back. My mom pays for 1 or two month board occasionally which is a BIG help. I board my new horse currently, and I have a Haflinger and Curly at home.. So they're really easy to care for, it's the board that kills me. I offer to pay for water and electric but my mom says no. I make 6 dollars an hour because I work for family, which kind of sucks but I like to help out my own family, so in a way we're both benefiting (I make profit, she makes profit) And as of minor labor laws, it was all worked out so it was legal somehow for me to make 6 an hour at 14, we know lots of cops and lawyers.. I just hope they weren't bending the law for me or something..
Mom bought my car (1,000 dollar car and when I don't use it, my family fights over it LOL! Great on gas!!) though, and without that I'd be NO WHERE!!
But I guess the state pays my way a bit because I get my schooling for free (My school is called ECOT, it's free no matter what your income) and they pay 20 dollars per state test you have to take (I'll make like.. 120 dollars for taking the OGT. I'm happy, but I feel like that's ridiculous that they pay.)
So I'm proud of myself!! :) My dad on the other hand, makes a lotta money, but has "problems" that left my family in MAJOR debt (He left now..) so I really shouldn't have my horses at all. I feel guilty but hey, my brother/sister/mother have food, medical, jobs, clothes, their own hobbies that they don't feel guilty for, so I think they'll live! :)