How to convince your parents to let you buy your own horse?
Okay so let me just start off by saying I know that so many people have asked this question but just remember that I said I wanna convince them to let ME buy the horse and supplies. So I have rounded up the costs for everything and found the local vet and farrier and all that. I have figured out all the monthly costs of the farrier, feed, hay, Dewormer, vet, and supplies such as tack, grooming supplies, fencing and other supplies including pitch forks and buckets. I am going to get a job where my mom works in February next year that pays $7.78 per hour and I can work about 6 hrs. A week because I am only 14. So if I did that I would make about $190 a month, and after all of my costs I figured out and typed and put in a binder that it's going to cost me $110 per month plus I will have any extra money go towards emergencys and I won't blow it on stupid things. I have not asked them yet, but I plan on showing them the binder sometime soon. Do you think I should? Any advice is appreciated!! Thanks!
Go for it, all they can say is no! I don't know what y'alls financial situation is or if your parents have horse knowledge, but show it to them and get some dialogue going. They may be able/willing to offer advice, an alternate plan or even help a little if they see how serious you are.
I did the same thing as you, and it worked as well! Another thing I did that really showed my parents I was thinking of the 'what ifs' and things that could go wrong and how to plan for them, was made a list with things that could go wrong and how to solve them. Like one was since my barn is 45 minutes away if my horse got seriously injured how I would be able to tend to her without driving out everyday and I got permission from my friends that live 10 min away and own horses, that if it was ever needed I could keep her there and take care of her there until she healed. And I too had to get a job and put a part of my check each month to an emergency fund. Also, we don't own a trailer so I talked to horsey friends who agreed to trailer the horse to the barn for us. Just things like that really show to your parents you're responsible and thinking of every aspect of owning a horse, the good&bad. First they agreed to a lease, but only for the summer...then winter rolled around and we still had the horse, but they said you'll never own a horse until you're out on your own...and now I own my very own, beautiful mare! The financial committment is sometimes hard as you can't just spend your money on whatever you feel like, like other teenagers, but it is SO worth it! Good luck, I hope everything works out for you :)