Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
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.