I would like to go to horse camp again before or when I am 18. The only thing is, it's a lot of money. SO I need you guys to tell me what you would do if you had saved up the money and had to make a decision.
The camp I want to go to is this one: article My reasons for wanting to go this camp:
-I would just plain looove to go to sleep-away camp again. The first horse camp I went to was where I first learned how to ride. It was so much fun and I made loads of good friends. The experience was just so great that I really want to relive it before I grow up completely and don't have the time anymore.
-This camp is the best camp I've found! There are much closer ones to my house, but none offer 5 hours of riding a day! I'll be sore like hell, but I'll be smiling like there's no tomorrow at the same time.
The others are also just as or almost as expensive, but as I said, they don't offer as much riding!
This camp is pure horse, there aren't really activities like going canoeing, swimming, and blablabla.
When you don't ride you can spend time with the horses, socialize or sometimes they go for ice cream, or to the shops nearby for a small, fun trip. ANyhow they explain everything really well on the website. If you have the courage to go through it, they explain very well what it's like.
-Because you can ride up to 5 hours a day (4 if you're really not up to it) I would be able to progress soo much in just a week.
-Hell! THEY FILM YOUR LESSONS! They then sit down and watch it with you, trying to show you what you need to improve and such.
My reasons for not being sure if I should go:
- The price is 1485 for a week, plus 350 for extra expenses (because they go to shows on the weekends so if you wish to participate you need to pay for the fees, and as I mentioned before, they do small excursions to town for ice cream and such so you need cash for that too.)
Almost 2000$ is A LOT! Ok I would get a lot of riding out of it. And if I put money away each summer from my job, and maybe ask my parents to pay a small amount, I could afford it... but issssssh. I keep thinking if I wouldn't have better uses for all that money.
My lessons are currently 40.50$ for semi-private, or 45 for private. For private, I'd be able to have 33 lessons for 1500$. (or 37 with semi-private). With the camp I'd probably ride 30 hours in lessons, plus a little more if I show.
I don;t know if anyone has read so far, or is getting what I am saying, but basically spending a lot of money all at once scares me because I don't make that much, and I hate to think: Oh, with that money I could have spent it more wisely or differently or... grrrrrrrrrr.
PLease, I really want opinions. Whatever is said, I might go and I might not. Worse case I'll go when I am older.
Another thing, for my 18th birthday my 2 older sisters (11 and 9 years older then me) want to take me to New York city for a nice sister shopping trip. Lot's of pretty clothes and bargains! :) And even if they'll pay for the trip, I need to bring money for shopping. Ok I won't bring like 700$ or anything, but still.
And then next summer my best friend wants to do a road trip with her high school friends to Florida (with a few mothers of course). If my mom and dad let me (omg that would be amazingly surprising and awesome) I would come along too. My best friend goes to another school, but I am really close to her school friends. It's my dream to do a road trip, especially with my best friend. Basically IF my parents let me, I would have to pay mostly for that too. Don't know how much it would be, but at least part of the hotel, and again... expenses.
Ugh, I am only 16, but I there is so much I want to do in life, and of course, I ain't got the dough like some. The camp seems like a dream, just a dream, but I want to know if some here think it's really worth me putting other things off to live it.
Kudo's to you for reading the book of my life. lol
Thanks, you are persistent.