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        06-25-2010, 06:50 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Some of us have to wait till we're grown up and married, then provide the horses for our own daughters .
         
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        06-25-2010, 07:01 PM
      #22
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by themoshi27    
    And I don't consider it a waste of money it might be a lot of money but it will never be a waste
    It's easy to be so blithe about expensive things when you're not the one footing the bills.

    Let's see how well you can afford horses when you have a mortgage, a car payment, utility bills, food bills, and all the other things that go along with being an adult. Then add horses into that mixture, with all their attendant expenses.

    Probably won't be so blithe about it then.
         
        06-25-2010, 07:25 PM
      #23
    Banned
    My parents did everything they could to discourage me from riding. They had the same view that it was a huge waste of money. I paid my own way. I got a job at 13 washing dishes at a diner. If my horse needed vetted for anything serious, I better have some money saved. I paid for him by not eating lunch and saving my lunch money. To this day my father calls my horse a 'money eating nag' and has no interest. Its something I chose to do for myself.

    As far as the money wasting goes, for what I spend on my horse in a month...i could have a pretty nice sports car. I could have a pretty easy life. I could sit back, watch Oprah and in all honesty, I might be able to quit my job. But that life sounds dull to me. When you add it all up and get some perspective on cost in life, you will see why your parents oppose horses.

    My board is 175 a month plus feed. Call it 225 to make it even.
    He needs shoes every 6 weeks. That's $100 a reset and $140 for a new set
    He needs atleast one vet visit a year. My vets farm call alone is $75. Add in shots which were $118 this year...then add in a coggins test because I trailer out to trail ride and occasionally show. He had his teeth done, add $100 We had to have a bloodtest run on him $100.
    My saddle cost me $250. Saddle blanket $85. Bridle $60. Breastcollar $50. Grooming supplies $100. Fly spray $15/month. Winter blanket $150 Fly mask $25 Halters/leadropes $100 (he had a habit of eating halters for a while) Splint boots $50 Bell Boots $20 Worming $15/2 months.
    Luckily I only paid $500 for my horse...and I pay for that decision every day.

    So for a year I paid a grand total of $7318. Now granted, that is my first year and I did have to start from scratch as I sold all of my old equiptment. For that $7318...I don't get much in return. I love my horse and I think the world of him, but if you think he is worth $7318, bring a trailer. Ill help you load him.
         
        06-25-2010, 08:00 PM
      #24
    Banned
    Hey, being openly opposed is better than having your parents tell you if you can save enough money in one year, you can buy a horse. One year later and $2,000 dollars saved up, "Oh, yeah.....well we thought you would grow out of your horse phase, so no horse, but you saved a lot of money for college."

    And I'm not lying. That actually happened to me. I scrounged birthday money, holiday money, sold 80% of the the things I owned that served no purpose to me, scoured the ground for unclaimed change, worked odd jobs and got a loan from my grandmother for me to come clean her house twice a week til I worked it off. And I have been horse crazy since I was 7. They said no when I was 15.
         
        06-25-2010, 08:57 PM
      #25
    Banned
    Then you only have 3 more years until you can make your own financial decisions. It just tests you as a person and parents not wanting you to ride is Gods way of asking "are you SURE you REALLY want to do this?" If the answer is yes at 18, you will have a job and enough income to support yourself and a horse.
         
        06-25-2010, 11:05 PM
      #26
    Trained
    I grew up with my mom HATING my lessons, the time it took, etc, telling me if I didn't ride she could have........you name it. She drove me to the barn, but also never watched. Acted like she would rather have bamboo driven under he fingernails. And, I have a husband whose mom never watched him in any of his sports ever. Some moms can't stand the thought of their kid getting hurt, I guess, so they won't watch. Some are just selfish and self absorbed. Too bad, and certainly their loss.

    To this day, my mom is nearly 90......she STILL thinks they are a waste, and reminds me at every opportunity. LOL. She cannot believe I have a wonderful husband who totally supports my "addiction", and even enabled me to get our daughter into it also! I tried with the boys, but they preferred mountain bikes on the trails with my daughter and I, and then cars. HAHA!

    If you love horses you will eventually get one. Until then, hone all your skills and enjoy every lesson. Be a sponge, and soak up everything you can.

    BTW-both the cars and the horse interest were from my dad-he used to train QH's back in the day, and his voice still echoes in my mind when I screw up riding. Guess his genes were stronger than moms-thank god.
         
        06-26-2010, 12:16 AM
      #27
    Banned
    Yeah, I have one more year until I can make that decision to get a horse, which will be yes (but it might wait til after college on account of finance). I was in a rough patch when they finally gave and I think they thought that if I focused on that, I would forget about school and "friends" and after that I would get tired of waiting for a horse and lose intrest in them. A win-win in their minds.

    But it turned out to be a win-lose, I did forget about my troubles, but almost 2 years later, I'm still riding and reading and bloggin and talking and thinking about horses! And I'm going to keep try to keep them in my life if it kills me.
         
        07-12-2010, 07:17 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    My parents did everything they could to discourage me from riding. They had the same view that it was a huge waste of money. I paid my own way. I got a job at 13 washing dishes at a diner. If my horse needed vetted for anything serious, I better have some money saved. I paid for him by not eating lunch and saving my lunch money. To this day my father calls my horse a 'money eating nag' and has no interest. Its something I chose to do for myself.

    As far as the money wasting goes, for what I spend on my horse in a month...i could have a pretty nice sports car. I could have a pretty easy life. I could sit back, watch Oprah and in all honesty, I might be able to quit my job. But that life sounds dull to me. When you add it all up and get some perspective on cost in life, you will see why your parents oppose horses.

    My board is 175 a month plus feed. Call it 225 to make it even.
    He needs shoes every 6 weeks. That's $100 a reset and $140 for a new set
    He needs atleast one vet visit a year. My vets farm call alone is $75. Add in shots which were $118 this year...then add in a coggins test because I trailer out to trail ride and occasionally show. He had his teeth done, add $100 We had to have a bloodtest run on him $100.
    My saddle cost me $250. Saddle blanket $85. Bridle $60. Breastcollar $50. Grooming supplies $100. Fly spray $15/month. Winter blanket $150 Fly mask $25 Halters/leadropes $100 (he had a habit of eating halters for a while) Splint boots $50 Bell Boots $20 Worming $15/2 months.
    Luckily I only paid $500 for my horse...and I pay for that decision every day.

    So for a year I paid a grand total of $7318. Now granted, that is my first year and I did have to start from scratch as I sold all of my old equiptment. For that $7318...I don't get much in return. I love my horse and I think the world of him, but if you think he is worth $7318, bring a trailer. Ill help you load him.
    man, you worked hard, a year for me would be about 4000 dollars... So far I only have 750... I reallly want one by next summer. I usually pack a lunch, and if I don't my mom writes a check. I save up all the coins I find and so far I have $81.54.. just in coins.. where do you sell your stuff? I've sold cd's and what not on craigs list. I told my dad id get a job but he said he doesnt want me to get a horse or job because that wiill distract me from school but it wont, I've always been an honors student expecially when I had horse riding lessons with a span of 3 or 4 years. So im kind of stuck on what to do. If I got a job a modeling job( itd be kinda weird) but thatd get me plenty of money. But I have braces.. so im kind of stuck
         
        07-12-2010, 11:11 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Everyone has luxeries in their life. The way I see it, other people my age drink, smoke, some take drugs, buy expensive clothes and shoes, go out to dinner, go out to the movies, buy cds, eat expensive foods. I don't do that. I don't have a horse right now, but if I wanted one I'd go out and buy it because that would be what I wanted to do.

    I've seen friends throw $150 a night away in alcohol/club entry. Sometimes they do that twice a week. They might buy a cd or two a week, a $100 bag, people get takeaway. It adds up real quick. All these things are just as much of a "waste".

    I find it funny that some parents will say spending $100 a week or whatever on a horse is a waste, but they spend $50+ on wine, buy expensive meats or cheeses or whatever. Its just as much of a waste.
         
        07-12-2010, 11:14 PM
      #30
    Banned
    Ahh but it is their money to waste.
         

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