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post #11 of 31 Old 08-15-2012, 10:26 PM
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I've had my horses since junior high. It was never an issue for me because horses were the only thing I did. No clubs, no sports, no dances. I had just the basic classes that I needed to get by, and I went straight to the barn after school. I've never been a good student, if you can't tell.

You sound a lot more responsible than me. I'm sure you could make it work. The bigger thing is, what would you do with the horse if/when you go off to college? You could take him with you if you could afford it, but otherwise, you'd have to figure something else out. It would really suck to buy a horse and have to sell him a couple years later because you're going to university. Just something to think about. I do my schoolwork online, so that's another way to go. Good luck!

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post #12 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 12:15 AM
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I am going into my (hopefully) last year of highschool and have just purchased a yearling. I find that having a horse gives me more incentive to do good, and finish the day so I can get out to the barn/farm! I think you can do it, if it's what you really want. :) Just manage your time, choirs, etc wisely.
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post #13 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 12:41 AM
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Its all about time management. To be honest, I kind of wish I had the time I did when I was in high school. Starting at 9am, having huge lunch breaks, finishing at 3.15pm and barely having any responsibilities at home other than the usual chores. Bliss! I had far more time at school than what I do now working full time, and yes, I did well in my schooling ;)

You just need to compromise school work vs hores committments. Get your homework done first and reward yourself with a ride. Its only a year or two of your life, not forever and your horse will be perfectly happy onnly getting worked a couple of days/week.

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post #14 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Kayty View Post
Its all about time management. To be honest, I kind of wish I had the time I did when I was in high school. Starting at 9am, having huge lunch breaks, finishing at 3.15pm and barely having any responsibilities at home other than the usual chores. Bliss! I had far more time at school than what I do now working full time, and yes, I did well in my schooling ;)

You just need to compromise school work vs hores committments. Get your homework done first and reward yourself with a ride. Its only a year or two of your life, not forever and your horse will be perfectly happy onnly getting worked a couple of days/week.
Yes, it is about priorities and time management, just as Kayty describes. You can do it, just figure out a plan that works for you and stick with it. Do the hardest thing first (schoolwork) and then reward yourself with time with your horse. Take it on yourself, show your parents that you can handle it. Junior year is really hard, so keep to your plan to do school work first and then horses. You may have to miss a day or two of riding sometimes. That's OK, just keep those grades up so parents know that you are managing your responsibilities well.
Oh, and this is from a HS teacher who also is worrying about how I will manage my impossible workload (due to budget cuts) and my horses. Same thing... I will stay after school and do what needs to be done, and then go to the barn for my horses, knowing that I am ready for my classes the next day, and I also get my horse fix. Of course, I know that there will be days when all I do is go out and groom because I don't have the energy to ride due to sleep deprivation, but that's OK. The beginning of a new school year is always stressful, but then everyone gets into a routine and things settle down. Good luck, looks like you have good parents so there shouldn't be much of a problem
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post #15 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 01:27 AM
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I'll go against people and say it would probably be a better idea not to at this stage.

You can probably manage it in time, but its a lot of stress. Around year 11/12 was when I got out of horses for a while because of the school work and also just growing up. You want to be able to see your friends and do things and study, but having a horse makes it harder. There is the money, the time, and just the stress of it all happening all at once. You want to do really well in year 11 and 12 (if you plan to do further study) and in the end you'll wonder if it would have been better off not having a horse.

Then straight after, university, if that is what you choose, you might be moving somewhere new.

Going out to the horse everyday, or twice a day, is a lot of time commitment.

If I were you I'd wait until you finish school or, if you plan on going to university, your second semester onwards.
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post #16 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 07:51 AM
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I was raised with horses but got my own Keeper horse when I was 12. She was in foal but nobody knew it. I kept that foal until I had to lay him to rest when he was 29 and I was 42.

Since I am old enough to be your grandma, I will repeat what my mom said to me when we bought Goldie:

"This is your responsibility - every day - unless school activities keep you from getting home at a reasonable time to feed the horse - unless you're too sick to get out of bed and go to school, THEN AND ONLY THEN will I take care of the horse for you. IF you don't take care of the horse, you will come home from school one day and find the pasture empty and the next time you get a horse, it will be when you have a job and can pay for everything yourself"

Even though I'm an Old Timer, I can still pretty much remember those words verbatim - lol

I think I missed one day of feeding from the time I was 12 until I moved out at 18, and that's because I really was too sick to get out of bed.

Mom was an animal lover and far from being mean, she just wanted to be sure I fully understood the full scope of responsibility of caring for a horse and learning how to manage my time wisely. If something happened and we needed the vet, I never had to beg, she was on the phone while I was still at the barn.

As far as sports and academics? I played softball, was a basketball cheerleader (my very rural school was too small for football) and I graduated high school with a 3.89 cumulative.

If you want the horse bad enough (meaning there's a degree of horse addiction coursing thru your veins:), stick to your end of the bargain by being diligent about caring for the horse and keeping your grades up. If your parents think you should work to help earn money for its care and keeping, get busy

I spent summers putting up hay on my granddad's farm. He raised beefers and Welsh/Morgan crosses so there was a lot of hay coming off those fields for a young lady to work off feed for the winter

I loved my horse (eventually two when Sonny was born) enough to devote all my spare time to their well-being, which wasn't much because my parents skillfully always had just enough things for me to do that I was busy until bedtime - lol lol

The surprise foal that nobody knew the mare was carrying stayed with me 29 years, as I've already stated. That means I found a way to keep him, get a job with General Motors and work a boatload of overtime, get married, have a baby, get divorced, be a single mom and make sure the child got his homework done, played a bit of sports in school, and STILL take premier care of that foal who taught many children to ride in his later years.

YOU have to decide where your drive and ambition is. If the horse is just a passing fancy, wait until you're on your own and can afford one; if it's a born-in-the-blood addiction (like it was with me) you will find a way to manage your time and make it work.

You asked, so there's first-hand experience from an Old Lady who's only been out of horses one year of my life since I was 12

That was the year I laid the surprise foal to rest, when he was 29, and I was so devastated I didn't want to think about owning another horse.
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post #17 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice, everyone!

I'm definitely willing to take some time away from my social life, if need be, because my friends and I usually see each other enough during school and only hang out outside of school once in awhile. Plus, my parents aren't the kind to let me go out and party each weekend.. like probably 65% of my school's students.

I know it's not a "passing fancy" either, as I've been riding a good seven years now.. although I would've started sooner because I was begging for riding lessons for as long as I remember and reading tonnes of books and I even had an imaginary horse. (as in, I once spent an hour or so clearing out a part of the lot at our cottage so she could have a pasture haha) My mom only agreed to lessons when I was nine, so that's when I started. :) I've been leasing a horse for three years (two different horses but I've been leasing the current one for a year and a half, almost two years), so I've gotten a brief glimpse into what horse ownership would be like.

I'm prepared for a lot more work, and to be spending most of my money on horse things.. which I really don't mind because I already have plenty of clothes anyways. I do have about $1000 saved up from my part-time job, but I'm going to be doing up a resume for a couple stores around here. Plus, my instructor said I can work off part of my board if need be.

I know it'd get more difficult as time progressed (ie: university), but I'm really going to try and either bring her with me.. or find someone to half lease her while I'm gone. (although they'd be very thoroughly "evaluated") I do know one girl at the barn who is in university and doesn't half lease her horse out while she's gone.. but even after a few months of no riding, her horse doesn't act like he forgets a thing. He's a sixteen year old TB who is probably the most well-trained, in-shape horse at the barn.

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post #18 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 08:59 AM
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I'm going into the same grade as you and I have three horses in my backyard....all of which I take care of myself. I don't pay anyone to muck their stalls or feed them like you do at a boarding stable. So I think if I can keep my grades up, do my homework and take care of three horses you'd be fine owning one! I'm not sure if your boarding or not...but that would make it easier (less work)...however it is more money.
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post #19 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 09:43 AM
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When I was in high school (way back when) I had to care for our 7 horses as well as finish school work and other house chores no matter what. I was kinda lucky in that aspect but, it was a pain when finals and stuff was coming up!
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post #20 of 31 Old 08-16-2012, 09:48 AM
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I had horses in high school and I must say I had a heckuva lot more time to spend them back then. Now, as a 30 something married working mother... I'm looking at getting back into horses and wondering just where on earth I'll find the time!

My horses were (and still are) on 40 acres of good pasture so in the summer time it was just a matter of making sure they had water and were still alive. (Of course, we went riding a lot but if there wasn't time, they were fine out in the pasture). We'd brush them regularly and apply fly spray, too. They had run in stalls they could go in any time to get away from the flies.

In the winter time, I had to haul water out and feed them twice per day. Interestingly enough, when I went away from college it didn't take long for my dad to cave in and install a stock tank and heater (lugging those heavy buckets all the way from the house was definitely no fun in below zero temps!).
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