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    11-16-2009, 09:10 PM
Well...if your parents are like mine they are just looking for some serious responsibility...

My parents both continually said no...i kept asking if they would get me one...well that was the issue...the moment I said something about them paying the initial costs and then me paying them back they just owned up and bought one for me anyway they just wanted me to show some responisibility...

But from the sound of it your problem is different from mine...Stick it out though! It will happen some day! I use to never think I would actually get a horse...and here I am with one about to possibly get a second one... :)
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    11-16-2009, 09:13 PM
Lauren, I'm so sorry....
    11-16-2009, 09:16 PM
You all are so lucky!!! We aren't a lower-class family, I mean, we are about average, on the better-off end of the scale. I don't think it is necessarily the initial costs, but the boarding and maintenance is just too much. My cousin has two horses and three stalls, but she lives 45 minutes away, and there's not much potential (i.e. I'm a hunter/jumper and her barn is focused on trail riding). If I were to keep a horse there it'd be about $250 (my barn now charges nearly $900), there are MILES of trails, but I'd be sacrificing jumping, or having to invest in building a jumping course. The facility really is not that nice...
    11-16-2009, 09:17 PM
My friend Sam is obsessed with horses like most of us are....but she hasnt been riding since her parents stopped giving her lessons when she was 7. The 2 of us finally convinced her mom to let Sam come up with enough money for tack for a horse, and her mom would pay lease. And she could board at my house. She just showed responsibility in babysitting to get money, and still has a long way to go, but she's getting there.
    11-16-2009, 09:22 PM
You could try looking for a cheaper barn in your area? Or if you have a friend with some land ask about keeping a horse there...thats what I boy was at my bestfriends house forever until we had a falling out...not he is at my boyfriends lol
    11-16-2009, 09:23 PM
It least she has an option like that, well, I guess I shouldn't say that, I AM possibly going to have an opportunity. My friend from the barn, Jessica, just moved here and they are trying to "rearrange" their lives, so to speak. She is only a few years younger then me, but next year, they are *hopefully* moving to a house, with a stable. Jessica promised that if everything works out, they will make special arrangements so that I can keep a horse there. I guess we should stay in touch! Basically, it'd be free board, I'd be paying for a few things *obviously*, but since we are friends, she has no problem with me using her tack while I save up! But, hopefully, by then I'll have tack of my own! I just hope they don't move too far, otherwise it will be a bit of a drive. =/
    11-17-2009, 08:25 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
You may have to wait and do what I did; once you graduate school and get a full time job and a car, then you can afford a horse. Dreams deferred are even sweeter when they're finally realized, and what you DON'T get just because you want it, builds character and resolve.
Echo that.

We were all like you once upon a time, and had to wait till we were old enough to earn our own income to buy a horse ...

(alright, not every one of us, but you know what I mean!)
    11-17-2009, 07:40 PM
Lauren - I'm really sorry. I know what it is like to dream of owning a horse! For eight years I hoped and dreamed for a horse of my own but either my family couldn't afford it or it just didn't work out in some other way. I did take lessons and there were often horses in the field next to me which I spent time with. I was very fortunate in that way - I got horse experience. But they would be taken away to be sold or whatever when their owner decided. Now that I'm 18, have a job and can afford a horse, I'm finally getting my own. My dream is coming true. Even so I am finished my last year of school so I won't be getting her till the spring. I also want to save up more money for potential vet bills and a saddle.

What I would suggest is keep riding, get all the experience you can with horses, see if your parents will let you lease a horse. I know it is hard not to have a horse when you love one so much but often it only makes it the sweeter when you finally are able to get your dream.

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