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post #1 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Horses are for rich people.

My dad tells me that horses are for rich people and I'll never have one so I should get that idea out of my head.

My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder He carries me away from all my fears And when the world threatens to fall asunder His mane is there to wipe away my tears.
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post #2 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:15 PM
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Having and keeping a horse can be expensive - his statement is not an uncommon one. I am sorry that he is not supportive of your desire to have a horse of your own at some point. Ultimately, there is no reason to give up on your dream of horse ownership -- and someday you can show him differently.
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post #3 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:18 PM
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Funny thing is, I pretty much live month to month. There is seldom a shortage of money but there is no great excess either.

I feel rich though, because I have horses.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #4 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:19 PM
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I am curious, though, I thought you did have a horse - or is that a lease horse?
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post #5 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:22 PM
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Yup - expensive. Wish I were rich though... it would make owning horses so much easier!!! I could just go buy all the stuff I want/need... oh well. I guess I will just stay broke and still have horses.

If you still live at home and it is parental responsibilty to care for a horse, I am sorry. Hang tough, it won't last forever. Depending on where you live will make a huge difference on how expensive it is to upkeep a horse. Just remember that buying them is the cheapest part.

There is nothing better for anyone than a horse - my honest opinion. They get one through the worse days by being a best friend and give you wings upon which to fly. Be patient, save your money, and get one as soon as you move out - end of problem.
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post #6 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:23 PM
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I totally know how you feel. I begged my parents for a horse ever sense I was in 2nd grade literally. I finally got my first horse at 14. Don't know how old you are or your horse experience, but you could always volunteer somewhere. I did when I didn't have a horse and did have a horse. It might not sound like the funnest thing to do, but I learned a lot from volunteering at various places. Good Luck.
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post #7 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:30 PM
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When I was a kid, we already had horses. I was the youngest of three kids, born four years apart. We lived on 1/4 acre in the middle of L.A.

My mother figured that horses were the cheapest way to keep three girls out of trouble. When a kid's time is consumed with grooming, riding, feeding, mucking, etc. they don't have time for drugs or alcohol - and the only boys who hang around are the ones who are not afraid of a days work.

It was how my grandparents kept their girls out of trouble, living in Brooklyn. It is how my mom kept us out of trouble. And it is how I kept my girl out of trouble.

I'll do the extra outlay of money for a horse or two anyday over drug rehab or teen pregnancy!!!
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Get an education (noticed I did not necessarily say a college education) that allows you to get a good paying job.

Move out of California to a place with a much lower cost of living.

Live below your means.

Prove your father wrong.
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post #9 of 115 Old 02-24-2012, 10:37 PM
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Well, then there are lots of people who are rich that don't know it.

Horses can be owned by people all over the money spectrum. You do not have to be rich to own one, just determined to put money on horse instead of "stuff."

Not that hard to do if you are determined to have a horse.

The most expensive thing is the care of horses. Board, and what not.

But not only for rich people. Not by a long shot.
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I am curious, though, I thought you did have a horse - or is that a lease horse?
When I was younger I did, I was not in the care of my parents. As of now I technically do not own a horse. I volunteer at a barn and the BO allows me to use her horses.
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