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post #1 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Just Ranting...

How do people afford to buy nice horses, nice tack, nice trailers etc....I work my a** off and do the best I can for my horse and myself on a 1800 income, and its so depressing to see people get crap handed to them. Why cant people like me that work sooo hard have it like they do. Trust me if I could find out the secret to how people can dish out 50,000 dollars on a horse I would share. Sorry depressing mood tonight.
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 02:36 AM
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I feel the same way sometimes
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post #3 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Yah I am the only horse person in my family and have no support from any of my family. I just read about all these girls that have hanovarians, warmbloods etc and there younger than me...I doubt they actually bought them..
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 02:38 AM
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they marry money, it has to be it orr they have a money tree and are not sharing
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 03:17 AM
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Trust me ladybug I know. Like I REALLY REALLY KNOW. I got my first 2 horses for $500 including saddles for each, bridles for each, 3 round bales, a garbage bin full of oats and grooming supplies. That was from a family friend. I got my 3rd horse for free from the same friend. I started working at a barn when I was 13. I worked my ass off. 7am to 5 pm. I worked for my mom on occasion and look where I am now. I can barely afford the $180 board I pay, I can barely afford lessons. I am supposed to show the horse I'm training next year, god knows how I'll do that when its at least $400 per event!

And then I look around the barn I'm at. My friend just got a $2000 saddle, Pessoa to be exact. My other friend came to the barn form the tack shop one day. Showed me her new $300 girth and $200 boots. My other friend told me her daddy pays her board and all her excess stuff, she's 23. Another girl at my barn has her parents helping her pay for EVERYTHING and she borrows there 4 horse trailer all the time.

I look around and am so greatful that I've gotten this far. I'm so greatful I a good enough rider that a breeder asked me to train their horse. I know that I struggle now but I also know that someday all this hell I go through will have paid off and I'll have my dream and it will come true. Keep your chin up, things will get better I promise.
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post #6 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 06:28 AM
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Exactly what I was gonna say! Be glad for what you have and how you achieved it. We all are a little envious of those who "seem" to "have" everything. Believe me, they didn't invent the quote "horse poor" for no reason. Look at it this way, someone out there is saying the same thing about you! Wishing they could have what you have or worse... A horse!
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 01:33 PM
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Gosh I hear you. I struggle to get by monthly - I pay all my bills and have enough money for gas and food, and then have maybe $10 left for myself? It's really not fair, but unfortunately such is life.
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post #8 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 04:10 PM
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I agree. It irritates me to see people handed perfectly trained horses and get everything they want, but thats life. I wasn't given a horse like that until this year when I was 17, $3,000 horse and 15 years old. alot to some, way to cheap for others. The rest of my horses have been brought up from unbroke or green broke. I told my mom a couple of weeks ago that I was glad though, that she could never afford to buy me expensive horses and had to start all of them (even the pony). I told her I was glad because now I know how to ride and show colts (alot of people have no clue), I can start and train my own horses (no need to hire a trainer) and I'm alot more proud of my horses accomplisments when I remeber them as a green or unbroke colt or filly.
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 04:45 PM
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I completely understand.. I bought my first horse when I was 18. I used to show 4-H when I was younger, borrowing a very sweet horse from someone and my friend did the same, but we used old tack, bought and created show clothes from what we found at the goodwill, and truly had to work with the horses to do well in classes. Then there were the few girls with their 10000 dollar horses-doing 4-H- and their 2000 dollar saddles, expensive show clothes etc. It always made us feel bad for what we had :( Looking back, I'm glad I've worked for what I have now though... frustrating as it may be
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 06:53 PM
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Actually, I think it's a wrong attitude, folks.

My horses were cheap, my trailer is cheapest possible (tiny 2-horse size stock), I usually wear old junky cloth (like 10 years old) when I ride, etc. (although I put some money in tack because I'm concerned about my horse's comfort (even though I can't afford $300 girth and $5K saddle). BUT I'm PROUD with what I have, because I did it myself.

And BB, I think it's very rude of those girls (and actually anyone) to brag about what you have to someone, who can't afford it. IMHO it means nothing but stupidity...
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