Idk what catagory this belongs in, but here goes. So you people probably see a lot of stuff related to this all over the place, but I couldn't find it in a way it would be extremely relevant to me. So I have been riding 6 years, leasing for 13mo, and I really want a horse. The half-lease I have has some pretty restrictive rules, and I don't feel as if I am improving as much as I could by only being able to jump once a week. Also, I lease a school horse, so he is also in lessons. I get to ride him 3-4 days a week, including lessons, and we are paying $305, cause I don't have to rent lesson tack since I got my own. The lesson barn emails out a schedule at the beginning of every week so we know when I can ride. Over the past year, I have switched lease horses once, the first one I leased for 7months was being used so much in lessons that I could barely ride at all. (one week he had 7 or 8 lessons--yikes!). About my riding, I have jumped 2'6"ish max, but usually jump around 2'3". I know my leads at the canter, etc. I have calculated how much it is to own a horse around here (california), and I know my family can afford it. I recently got a job helping out with the lesson program, and every 15hrs I work I get a coupon for free lesson. I work two 2 1/2hrs shifts during the week, and week shifts count double hours.
Basically, I am wondering what I can do to persuade my parents to let me get a horse! I have about $900 saved up, and I know that it isn't a lot to take care of a horse, but the point is that by working at the ranch I can pay for my own lessons, so if we don't have to pay that $200/mo for lessons, then my parents would hopefully be willing to put that towards owning. I have put a lot of though into owning, and I'm not one of those little girls who is like "I want a pony!!" who doesn't have ANY horse experience and goes and pouts when her mom says no. I have been researching owning for the past 2years on horse ownership, and I really want this. Any tips? Oh, and constructive critiquing only! No rude comments!