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post #1 of 19 Old 06-03-2008, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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How do I do it!!!!

I'm trying to get my parents to buy me a horse. I've tried everything I can think of! What else can I do?!

These are some things I've done:

1. Opened my Dover catalog with things circled and written "Would look great on Spider!"

2. Found a place to keep him on my own.

3. Taken the responsibility of talking to his owners about his needs, special things, etc.

4. Getting advice from y'all and my horsey friends about problems he has.

5. Telling my parents how AMAZING he is!

What else can I do?! I'm desperate!

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-03-2008, 11:37 PM
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Those are good ideas...keep trying. If it doesn't work, then you'll just have to wait until you have the money to get one yourself. Remember, you have your wholeee life to get a horse. Just enjoy the riding for now! :) & being around horses too...it's a great privilege.

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post #3 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 12:54 AM
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Obviously I don't know you, and I don't know your skills, so keep that in mind. Do your parents know that you are responsible enough to own and take care of a horse? Owning a horse is not a thing like owning a dog or cat. They are alot of work, often involving blood on my part with matince... don't ask .

Maybe you can take horse quizes online or in magazines so they know that they can see that you know enough about them.

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post #4 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 10:07 AM
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I bought my first horse. I got a job and I made payments on him until he was paid for. I paid all my vet bills and board... etc. My dad was impressed by my "grown-up-ed-ness" and he bought me a $600 stock trailer to haul him with. I started hauling my own horse to lessons and shows at 16.....
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post #5 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Obviously I don't know you, and I don't know your skills, so keep that in mind. Do your parents know that you are responsible enough to own and take care of a horse? Owning a horse is not a thing like owning a dog or cat. They are alot of work, often involving blood on my part with matince... don't ask .

Maybe you can take horse quizes online or in magazines so they know that they can see that you know enough about them.
My parents know I'm responsible enough and they know I have the skills to take care of a horse. I voulunteer at a barn near me, and I always get compliments around my parents about how hard I work, how good I am with horses, and how well I ride. They know that I wouldn't sleep at night unless my horse was happy and comfortable.

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I bought my first horse. I got a job and I made payments on him until he was paid for. I paid all my vet bills and board... etc. My dad was impressed by my "grown-up-ed-ness" and he bought me a $600 stock trailer to haul him with. I started hauling my own horse to lessons and shows at 16.....
I am really trying to do this, but I live in a really small town (there's not many jobs.) and I'm only 15. I'm going to get a job next year at the vet's and at a local restraunt, but I'm not sure if that's going to be soon enough to buy my horse. I think they are trying to sell him soon.

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Those are good ideas...keep trying. If it doesn't work, then you'll just have to wait until you have the money to get one yourself. Remember, you have your wholeee life to get a horse. Just enjoy the riding for now! & being around horses too...it's a great privilege.
Sigh...I know I have my whole life, but this horse is really special! He's my baby. Our hair is the same color, we're both the same age (supposedly) and we're the same exact height. I keep on telling my parents that it's a sign! LOL! I am enjoying the riding, but I can't ride him right now (which is KILLING me!) , and I won't be able to ride him English.

I'm not giving up though!

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post #6 of 19 Old 06-05-2008, 10:20 AM
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I have been trying for the past 10 years to convince my parents to get me a horse... even though I live on my own, and I know its not going to happen its still at the top of my birthday and Christmas lists!

Just show them you are responsible, do stuff around the house without them asking, work really hard in school and just show them how responsible you are.
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post #7 of 19 Old 06-05-2008, 11:04 AM
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Yeah, keeping a horse or horses is no easy job, its really costly!!

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #8 of 19 Old 06-05-2008, 12:54 PM
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Have you ever sat down with your parents and asked them for an adult conversation of the reasons why they do not want to run out and buy you a horse? Are you ready to openly and calmly listen to their reasons and understand their reasons? Are you ready to RESPECT their decision? As a parent, I want to give my kids the world.....BUT I will not. They have to want and strive and WORK for things that they truely desire....And even then I sometimes will not get "it" for them. Some things are not valueable if they are just given...those same things are priceless when earned.

We (my Husband and I) have 2 horses...They belong to us...NOT our 4 children. Yes the kids get to ride but it is a priveledge that the earn...through work and paying attention and a general desire to try.

I do not know your parents or you, I would suggest (if you are not already) Begging your parents for lessons....BEFORE the horse. I would then try to "help" pay for the lessons with your own money.....then be prepared for them to still say no. I was 32 before I "owned" my own horse.....I guarntee that it means more to me now than if I were 16ish......

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #9 of 19 Old 06-05-2008, 01:43 PM
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Yes, I would take the direct approach :)
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post #10 of 19 Old 06-06-2008, 05:43 AM
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one thing you havnt tried - crying

worked for me :P

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