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        03-26-2013, 05:16 PM
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    Foal
    How to know if horse #2 is an option..

    While my has been at the trainer, I've been doing some thinking... It's past time to get horse #2. All I want is a steady going, older horse that is kid safe for my younger siblings (and of course me ) to ride. Because for one, my horse is being trained to be a WP show horse. He's got too many 'buttons' and might be a tad too hard to ride for my little siblings. For two, he needs a pasture mate. We have the room, so why not? My sister was going to get a horse for herself about 1 1/2 years ago (but she didn't end up wanting one anymore) so she got brushes, saddle pads, etc. I know we have the money for another horse. But I know my mom is going to question how we're going to afford keeping another one.

    Our farrier/trimmer charges $25 per trim, and my horse gets his hooves done anywhere from 6-10 weeks. All depends.
    Grain isn't too bad.. $17 per bag of strategy for example. My horse eats very minimal grain. Doesn't need it. But I do know that an older horse may need more.
    Spring shots are $150 per horse (including coggins), and checkups for mishaps and whatnot are about $80-120 depending on what happened (And then yes, of course when worse comes to worse and a horse totally injures himself and we have to pay $4567890 for a vet bill, we have means of paying for emergencies)
    The hay price is reeeeally varying around here. Anywhere from $6-$9 per bale. I have 1 "pasture" set up, and I'm about to fence in another one so my horse can rotate. They're at least 1.5 acres each.
    And then I'm not even going to worry about de-wormer.. That's only $10 and under

    So I'm 99% sure we can afford this.. Just not sure if my mom is on the same page. I am going to get a job this summer as well (trainer offered me one) soo maybe that will help her feel easier about the money situation? I know it all depends on how much I get payed, but still.

    Should I ask her about getting another horse? I'm honestly afraid she'll just shoot down the idea immediately.
         
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        03-26-2013, 05:22 PM
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    Green Broke
    Whose paying for the first horse?

    Irregardless of if your parents can afford a second horse, they may not WANT one.

    My kid wants a cat, I can afford a cat easily but is she getting one? Over my dead body.....

    My $$$, my decision and when she's 18, living in her own house and paying her own bills, she can have a cat.
         
        03-26-2013, 05:41 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    Whose paying for the first horse?

    Irregardless of if your parents can afford a second horse, they may not WANT one.

    My kid wants a cat, I can afford a cat easily but is she getting one? Over my dead body.....

    My $$$, my decision and when she's 18, living in her own house and paying her own bills, she can have a cat.
    Me and my mom. My mom pays for the vet bills, and I pretty much cover everything else.
         
        03-26-2013, 05:57 PM
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    If you want to ask, by all means go ahead. Best possible outcome, she says yes. Worst is she says no. You won't know til you ask, but just be aware that it is her house, and you can't get worked up upset if she says no.

    Good luck :)
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        03-26-2013, 06:02 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Maple    
    If you want to ask, by all means go ahead. Best possible outcome, she says yes. Worst is she says no. You won't know til you ask, but just be aware that it is her house, and you can't get worked up upset if she says no.

    Good luck :)
    Thank you :) The thing that makes this situation a little tougher(that I forgot to mention, sorry!), is that my parents are split up, so I can't just ask them both at the same time like I did when I asked if I could get horse number 1 :P But if one parents says yes, the other should too, knowing them.
         

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