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post #21 of 23 Old 03-15-2012, 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Delfina View Post
So if a kid wants a book read to them every night, should we also say NO, you get ONE book reading a week and that's it!
A ridiculous analogy. There are times when a parent can be too indulgent and a time when it is proper. If a child wants a second or third piece of candy - it's NO - even if I can afford it.

Except for the time that a horse is a tool in your livelihood, horses are an indulgence ... reading is not.
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post #22 of 23 Old 03-15-2012, 03:43 PM
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I think if you can financially afford a horse, have a safe qualified place to keep it and are fully aware of the responisility of owning a horse why wouldn't you? I agree that having a trainer involved, from buying to continued lessons for both you and your daughter is very important to getting the right horse for both you and your daughter.

That being said she is a four year old and things might change so I would recommend a horse that you will enjoy just as much so if she goes off to a new love then you can still enjoy, also having her do "chores" and caring for her horse is extremely important so she is learning responisility.

We can all say what we want but we do not know you or your full situation, I highly recommend having a serious conversation with your husband, daughter and a trusted trainer regarding if it's really a valid appropriate option.

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post #23 of 23 Old 03-15-2012, 03:46 PM
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Ahh but see, I also would say no to large quantity of candy... because that would have a detrimental affect on the child's health.

Horse riding though? I view it as physical exercise and a great way to teach responsibility.

I don't tell my one child no to joining every last sports team under the sun since she enjoys them and it's great exercise and I don't tell my other one that her riding will be limited. If we couldn't afford it, then yup, they'd be told that.

I see absolutely no reason to deny a child something that is healthy and they enjoy, if we can afford it.

I do not understand saying no, just to say no. Plenty of other things in life they're going to hear no about simply because we can't afford it or it's just not safe (like the giant 4wheeler my 10yr old wants!).
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