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post #1 of 18 Old 09-26-2009, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Horseless Depression

So I have been riding for five long years and have mastered all three gates and can jump 2'3 and basic dressage. I have been craving for that day when my parents say, "You're getting a horse!" but it has yet to come. I am turning the big 16 on November 23 and I am planning on asking for a horse. That's all I want! I know what ya'll are going to say, "Well maybe you can't afford it?" well my family was going to buy a horse three years ago but it fell through after the barn owner showed her true colors and we left and never looked back.

Anyways, I just wanted to rave about my want for a horse. I just hope that this will be the year.......any comments please post.

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-27-2009, 12:44 AM
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Best wishes! I know the feeling of wanting a horse for so long. Even though I was 10 years old at the time. I started taking riding lessons at the age of 7. When I got my first horse he was only 7 months old. So after waiting 3 years, and then finally getting my very own horse I had to wait another year and a half before I could even ride him. I love my horse to death. It is crazy to think about, I will be 20 in december, and my horse is now 11 years old, and I remeber when I was leading him out of the trailer on my 10th birthday! I hope your dream comes true

They say a mans best friend is a dog, well I believe a womens best friend is a horse
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post #3 of 18 Old 09-27-2009, 01:00 AM
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I asked my parents every day for a horse for three years until I got one. I was doing two lessons a week and about to do three and my mother thought it would be cheaper just to buy a horse. It wasn't, but that's not the point.

It started with the whole, "we'll look for one to lease" but all the horses to lease at the point in time were big TBs. One owner actually approved us to lease her horse - I was 10 years old and had only ridden school horses - their horse was a 16.3 hand 8 yr old TB from the track who they hadn't had time to work for months. I'm glad my mum talked to my instructor and decided against that horse. Finally she decided that the only safe way for me to ride was to buy one so we could get what we really wanted.

I had to sign a contract saying I would have a minimum B average at school, that I would feed my horse everyday and such.

I guess the best way to prove to your parents that you can keep a horse is to show them. Be responsible, save money, find somewhere that you can transport yourself to. Make a budget that shows what everything will cost. The less your parents will be affected by a horse the happier they will be.

If they say no then don't worry, get a job and get your own!
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-27-2009, 01:58 AM
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I'm in a similar boat. I partially lease a horse, but that's certainly not the same as having one. And he's 25 minutes away, so I have to make that commute five days a week to work there so I can ride him three days a week.

I'm absolutely dying to have a horse of my own that I can do what I want with and not have to worry all the time about what I can and can't do, what could happen, etc. But I'll be graduating high school in the spring, and I'm not sure what I'll be doing. I could be staying here for college or heading to Australia, and I don't wanna buy a horse with such a possibility ahead of me. If I end up staying here, though, first thing I'm going to do is buy a horse. I've already picked out the one I want and everything. It's kinda pathetic. :(
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-27-2009, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great responses guys. I am just dying here. I have an obsession with looking at horses on the internet on sites lick horseville.com and equine.com. It's unhealthy really. In agreement with kelliannjoseph, I do belive in horses being a womans best friend. Boys always want dogs, but us girls, we dream of having a pony our whole life.

I will be getting my driver's license in May so my parents will only have to drive me around for a couple months if I get one. Maybe I will remind them of that haha.

Anyways, it's just I try so hard in everything I do. I am a 4.0 high school student. I attend a Catholic High School for free because I received a scholarship. That scholarship will also folllow me into collage at Duquesne University so my whole financial/education future is basically planned for me. I got a high school and collage scholarship at age 14 for god's sakes! All I want as a reward is my own horse to love and enjoy.

I believe I am very responsible, and my parents know that. Fingers crossed guys! Anyone else feel free to comment.....



Oh and if I do get a horse I am really intereseted in adoption. I feel if I want to make my dream come true I should be doing good in helping a homeless horse find his nitch.

Here is a rescue I am really interested in:


Life's Pursuit (Rosco)
(Lord - Neone )
1993 bay Holsteiner gelding. 16.1 3/4 hands.
Rosco is an exceptional and experienced show horse...wonderful ground manners, well schooled jumper. Great personality. A confident, consistent and intelligent jumper, Rosco approaches each fence without hesitation and never refuses. At WEF, against the "professionals" he read the course and jumped clean without a practice round. A confident rider of any skill level can easily ride him and be in the ribbons. Long extended trot. Commanding presence in the ring. Stills and film available. The video link below is the show in which he had not practiced the course...competed against "professionals"...and won with a clean round! Contact us for more information.

VIDEO LINK:

RESPONDS TO:Voice, hands, legs, weight.
RIDER EXPERIENCE LEVEL:Confident Novice.
POTENTIAL DISCIPLINES:Dressage, Jumping, Pleasure, w/t/c, Trails.
Rosco is available for permanent placement or lease

OR

True Steppin Mirage (Nick)
(Sonny's Big Step-Solar Image)
2000 Sorrel Quarter Horse gelding. 16 hands. Star, stripe, RH sock
Nick was rescued by a friend, Kari and two of her friends from the facility she boards her horses at. Nick was sold by his former owner to a 'dealer' and ended up at Thistledown racetrack. The new "owner" had told Kari they would not be taking him with them when they left for the season. Knowing what his fate could easily be, and knowing that he had the skill and talent to show or event, they bought him and brought him "home". Kari rode him the night he came back. Nick is a wonderful ride. He has a beautiful long, low trot and is a brave and consistent jumper. He has excellent ground manners and gets along well with other horses. He doesn't hesitate nor rush a fence. He is smart and loves to work. He is a professional. Nick can be ridden by a confident novice. Nick loves attention.
RESPONDS TO:Voice, leg, hands, weight.
RIDER EXPERIENCE LEVEL:Amateur / Novice
POTENTIAL DISCIPLINES: Trails, Eventing, Hunter, Jumping, Pleasure

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I don't know how you feel, because I've never been horseless for more than 4-6 months. But I do feel "depressed" when I can't ride my horse for a while.
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Dude! I was looking at Nick, too, in case I ended up getting a horse. I even have him bookmarked. He reminds me of Le Vado, owned by Laura Owlett, where I ride. :)
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that's crazy! I think he's gorgeous! He just seems like a well put together horse. I think the work Bright futures does is amazing.

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Thats crazy! I think he's gorgeous! He just seems like a well put together horse. I think the work Bright futures does is amazing.
Yeah, I bet he's very multi-talented. The only reason I decided I probably wouldn't get him is that he seems too sane for me. I like horses that are a little less than sane. Makes life more interesting. ;D
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post #10 of 18 Old 09-27-2009, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I ride sane-less horses all the time lol it is fun! Haha. See I would love to try my hand at eventing. I went to Stonegate in Lisbon, OH last saturday to spectate a horse trial and I fell in love! Cross Country looks so fun! Seeing that he is pretty quiet I can see how he could be an eventing prospect. They need to be pretty multitalented.

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