Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
It sounds terrible but to get places in the horse world you need money.
Its not just the horses, its the tack, the up keep, the lessons, the clothing, the trucking.
People say you can achieve anything you put your mind to, and perhaps you can, eventually. But not when you are 16. Not when you come from a single parent family. I dreamed I could be a lot more than I am now when I was your age. It isn't so much that I failed, but I began to understand the world a little more, and learned you can only ever rely on yourself. I might sound pessimistic, but I am not, I keep achieving more and more with my life and I am always moving forward, but don't lose sight of what is important.
If you want a life with horses in it you generally need to come from a horse-family, or a wealthy family, or get a good education to support yourself. Don't forget about your education because the horse thing is working out - work hard for a scholarship and become educated in something useful.
Other than that I can only think of a couple ways to get the money, and not all of them are good or plausible.
Firstly you could get a full time job and get a loan out to pay for the horse. They may let your mother guarantee it, but you'll probably be working too much to actually compete.
Secondly, and I think this is the best idea, you gain sponsorship. You want to be achieving things now to make this horse worthwhile. Get local businesses to sponsor you and in exchange you advertise for them, perhaps name your horse after their business.
Third, if you are a promising rider some people purchase horses and let other compete them, and split the profits. Perhaps you can find that.
Although really think this over. You might want to do all these things and she might be a real nice horse, but there are literally thousands of real nice horses out there, and hundreds of wonderful horses that cost a chunk more than 10 grand. Even if she is nice there is no guarantee that you will be successful in competition. Sure, competition is fun and you always have to try etc, etc, but if you come from a family that cannot afford the best horses, and the best coaches, and the best facilities you may end up being a fair bit less competitive. This can mean that you put in a lot of money and do not even stand to make any form of profit, or even a "break even" scenario from riding. Instead it will just be a constant drain on your not very well off family.
Reading back over this post I don't sound that nice and I am not trying to discourage you. It is so important to dream. But take a moment to be realistic and think what really is best for you (long term) and your family. I mean my family isn't that bad off anymore, but there is no way I'd ever get a $10,000 horse. Even if I had the money I wouldn't buy a $10,000 horse. I don't think its worth it, you may not have as good a chance, but you can still bring up a fairly cheap young horse to be successful.
To me $10,000 is two years rent. Its 4 cars. Its 10 visits to my mother. It is in fact about my "income" for a year. It's a deposit for a house. Really think about what is important to you.
Good luck, and all the best in achieving your dreams and aspirations.