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        08-16-2012, 12:05 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Im just gonig into 10th grade and I have 3 horses and a bunch of other farm animals.. for me I DO have enough time.. but the school schedule does get to me.. I mean I live far out so I get on the bus at 6 and get home at 430.. which is okay during the light hours when it gets dark later.. but when it gets dark at 5.. im not going to be happy... but ya I think that you can do it.. my dad threatens to take my horses away when I get C's.. except spanish haha.. he doesn't nessacarily care about that.. I passed with a D-.. not one word was said to me.. and the rest of my classes were B's and A's//:)
         
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        08-16-2012, 03:19 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    I think you can do it, you sound really determined and responsible.

    One thing to do if you're not good at using an agenda (like me): I always keep a folder with all the things I need to take home, and one pocket is for the things I need to get done, like projects, homework, etc, so that I ALWAYS know when and what I need to get done.

    It might not always be peaches and cream but if this is what you want, and you are committed to it, I say go for it. You are one lucky girl :).
         
        08-16-2012, 03:26 PM
      #23
    Foal
    I don't see why you can't have a horse in high school. I am in 11th grade and I keep my boy at home along with my other mess of animals. I take care of all of them on my own. As long as the grades stay up I can keep the animals. Granted, I only work during the summer.
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        09-07-2012, 10:27 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    So I know that this thread is a little old, but I just saw it :) I got my first horse in 7th grade, and now my second horse in 10th grade. Riding two horses during the week is impossible (I'm taking english, chemistry, history and ceramics). I usually ride one and lunge the other and alternate days. I tend to spend a little more time with my new one because she needs more training.
    This went for me, but maybe not for you- Don't expect to be able to go and spend time at your friends house after school, or go to football games. I missed both Homecoming dances and the homecoming football games because I know my horses deserve my time more than my social life does. The last time I saw a friend outside of school was last year over winter break.
    My life consists of school, homework, barn, and sleep. Don't expect it to be easy and don't expect to be able to have a normal social life.
    If you find a way to make everything work then congratulations! I've been trying for 9 years to balance riding with the rest of the "normal kid things", and I haven't really found a way yet.
    Good luck!
         
        09-08-2012, 12:46 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    I too know this thread is old, and you already have Indie, but I've reconsidered my opinion.

    I've been talking to some friends lately who went through school without horses (as most people do) and I find that they went a bit off track. Without something grounding, like horses, they just become crazy teenagers. But when I look at the people with horses they did well at school - they had to.

    In the end I sold my horse at 17 and went through my own crazy teenager stage, but I came back to horses, and I think I'd be an entire different person without horses.

    I'm sure there are other social factors (such as already high family income/education), but I really do think that having horses can really help a teenager through a pretty rough time.
         
        09-08-2012, 06:58 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I, also, am a junior, and I own one horse (Mudpie) and am currently caring for and riding another horse (Rio). I am taking an AP English Class, a math class, a science class, a history class, a publishing class, and a music production class. Mudpie lives at a barn that's about 5-7 miles away from my house. I ride the bus, walk home, walk to the barn. I ride every night for about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours per horse. Because it is a co-op barn, I do all the feeding and cleaning myself.

    It's hard work, for sure, but it's really helped me learn time management. I'll frequently try to do as much work at school as I can, and then finish it at home. I've also learned to keep care/expense records, etc. :)
         
        09-08-2012, 07:04 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    I too know this thread is old, and you already have Indie, but I've reconsidered my opinion.

    I've been talking to some friends lately who went through school without horses (as most people do) and I find that they went a bit off track. Without something grounding, like horses, they just become crazy teenagers. But when I look at the people with horses they did well at school - they had to.

    In the end I sold my horse at 17 and went through my own crazy teenager stage, but I came back to horses, and I think I'd be an entire different person without horses.

    I'm sure there are other social factors (such as already high family income/education), but I really do think that having horses can really help a teenager through a pretty rough time.
    I think I have to agree.. although I do know a few teens with horses that still went the "crazy route" but likely because their horses are at their house and their parents help out a lot.

    My only wish is that the barn was closer.. but it'll definitely keep me on track and motivated. :)

    And Mudpie, I've also been a bit more able to manage my time now.. or at least have the motivation to do so. :)
         
        09-08-2012, 07:29 PM
      #28
    Started
    Just needed to say you kids are all freaking lucky! I begged for a horse sense the day I turned 9, got jobs to pay for one as soon as I was old enough - still no - we lived too far away all barns were 40 minutes away. I got a car and a job and school and had no time for a horse. I went to college and was distraught without horses. I drove up to my rescue every day off I had. FINALLY after finishing college, getting a real job, and having a car I finally bought myself my own horse. I think I died with joy that day and every day sense.

    You kids had better not ever be bad to your parents for letting you have one! Always appreciate them!
         
        09-08-2012, 07:45 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    I guess it's a girl thing (not being able to do more than school if you have a horse). :))

    I started riding at 11. Got my first horse at 14. Weather permitting I rode daily throughout high school (and whenever I was home during college). I worked cattle every year (lived on a farm). I also dated (even rode my horse 15 miles to town to see my girlfriend when I had time), was the photographer for the year book and school paper, was the DJ for the broadcaste club (we did an hour show at a local radio station on Sunday). I even found time to do some distance riding and camping. Ok, I didn't graduate with straight "A's", but I did finish with an 89.9 average (English pulled it down) and turned down a nomination to USMA (never said I was smart about everything).

    I've known a lot of people with horses who basically messed up their life. A horse is not going to make you responsible or help you make smart choices. A great many horses end up neglected because the person grows up some and discovers that they want to spend more time with boys or chase girls or some other activity (nothing wrong with that, but they've moved on from the horse which is now neglected). Behind the OTTB's the next greatest number of rescue horses I've seen have come from people who either moved on with life not wanting them anymore or had not made choices that would allow them to keep the horse (or both).

    If you're a responsible person who makes good choices you don't need a horse to help you to do that. If you're not that kind of person a horse isn't going to make you one. It will just end with the person still making wrong choices and a horse that should have been owned by someone else.

    The most common situation they're in love with wanting to have a horse, but find out much later (often many years later) that the horse takes up time they'd rather spend (or need to spend) doing something else and they don't know how to do both, so the horse loses out.
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        09-08-2012, 08:39 PM
      #30
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jore    
    I'm sure there have been other threads on this, but I figured I'd ask others what their experiences were with owning a horse in high school.

    Why I'm asking? My dad (and my mom, although my dad and I bear most financial responsibility) has finally agreed to a horse and we're going to check one out on this coming Sunday. I'm really excited, but my mom is worried about the time factor.

    This coming school year (grade 11), I'll be taking a total of three science courses and two math courses throughout the year.. which I don't believe will be too time consuming as long as I remain consistent in my work and studying. My mom however, is thinking I won't have enough time. I know that I'd likely make it work, because I want it enough to put in the effort.. but I just want to hear some of your experiences.

    Thank you!
    Very responsible of you to consider this factor. Good for you.

    I had a whole heard of horses when I was in high school, and I definitely had the time for them all. At one point I had 2 horses that I rode everyday, and I also bred miniature ponies, which I also trained for showing-so I had a lot to do, but loved every minute of it, and I made sure that I set time for school then horses.
    During my high school years, I think that's what in fact kept me focused on school, was the horses. While my friends were out drinking, or going to parties and staying up late, I was managing my horses and school and spent a lot of time on the better things.

    Make sure you keep school your focus, and you will be able to stay on top of everything else. Good for you for looking into this. You'll make a great horse owner.
         

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