I was just like you my dad didn't want to pay for lessons and I tried finding a job to pay for my own lessons but I couldn't find a job. I even worked for my dad in his gym and he didn't in the end give me enough lessons ! I was working hours every week cleaning Mirrors to not even have a lesson every 3 weeks, and I missed out on doing my homework. This man at my dads gym even said I was doing child slave labour!
Wth dad.. by the time I had been so horse deprived I was a lunatic, I was having arguments with my family, police had been called over domestic violence and they took me to the hospital because I had injured myself.
I do believe if you can't do something you love, and things that make you happy, you begin to feel depressed. Than when I moved houses I was living with my Auntie who wasn't as selfish as my farther and payed for my lease horse while I tried my hardest to get a job at mcdonalds. But I was so happy when me and my auntie went to centerlink, because my father and my mother didn't pay at all for my living expenses and my Auntie got this benefit and I now use the benefit to pay for my lease horse and only living expenses.
In the end my father felt bad for depriving me of lessons and now buys me horsey stuff nearly every time I see him.. probably because I wouldn't see him if he didn't.
In the end you will get your way and it comes from independence and patience, don't do what I did and go crazy, going crazy will cause horrible things to happen ! Focus on school and getting good marks... that took me a while to realise !
This is what I now do to ride:
Develop a way of getting money to ride by working.. there is always a way I could be working at Mcdonalds now but I got such good marks, that my auntie doesn't make me pay for board or anything like that. There are so many jobs that people will pay for...
Get good marks try your hardest at school. When you try your hardest at school and your still riding horses or having lessons your parents will realise how riding horses helps you do your school work better.
Keep a good relationship with your parents and don't be crazy like I was !
If I am not good for my Auntie I wont be able to live here, and I would have to live some where else and wouldn't be able to ride horses. Don't end up homeless or nearly in foster care !
Never give up theres ALWAYS A WAY ! Every one goes their own way to be able to ride and own a horse, and mine was a crazy crazy ride but in the end no matter how many years you will get there keep strong be brave !
Please no one.. no rude comments about this, I am very honest. And my motto is " "whats in the past stays in the past".