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    01-09-2009, 01:58 AM
Originally Posted by Joshie    
Where can you drive a truck at age 12? I don't think you can legally work at age 12. Some states don't even allow 12 year old children to be left in house alone, let alone babysit. Times are different now. Many things we could do are no longer available to kids today.
You're right the police might drive off into the hay field and give her a ticket. Lol.

You can do farm labor at 12, you don't even have to pay taxes on it or anything.
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    01-09-2009, 08:01 AM
The assumption is typically that when you say "drive the truck" it means on a public road. Bad assumption!

When I lived in NY that is exactly the way I would have taken it but down here it is not unusual at all to see youngsters in the field on a tractor or driving the pickup.

(At this point, I'm going to move this thread over to "Horse Talk".)
    01-09-2009, 09:13 AM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
The assumption is typically that when you say "drive the truck" it means on a public road. Bad assumption!

When I lived in NY that is exactly the way I would have taken it but down here it is not unusual at all to see youngsters in the field on a tractor or driving the pickup.

(At this point, I'm going to move this thread over to "Horse Talk".)
you're right, I apologize for being an ass.

My point is still valid though.
    01-09-2009, 09:15 AM
Green Broke
My 10 year old daughter takes care of friends' and neighbors' pets when they go away. Of course, I have to drive her back and forth a couple of times a day, but she does all the work to earn the money and it's mainly during the summer. She also saves birthday and Christmas money she receives from relatives.

Babysitting and stable work are great ideas, too, so it is feasible for you to earn enough money, say, over the course of a year to buy a horse, but, as others have suggested, you have to look at the bigger picture. How would you manage board, vet and farrier bills?

My girls were born into horses so it breaks my heart to see young girls who have been bitten by the horse bug, but whose parents are not as enthusiastic. I hope you're able to work horses into your life somehow.

(Side note: I was driving the truck in the hay fields at age 12, too. )
    01-09-2009, 09:36 AM
Jen, your kids are lucky to have been born into horses. I had to hitch a ride to my aunt and uncle's to ride. After I was married and by the time #3 came along we had horses for them but no one wanted to ride.

Last week my daughter was telling one of the people she works with about our horses and they told her how they always wanted a pony when they were kids. She said all she wanted was a pool table and all she ever got were ponies!

Out of our family of 2 boys, their wives, our daughter, my wife and I; I'm the only one who rides.
    01-09-2009, 04:39 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
She said all she wanted was a pool table and all she ever got were ponies!
HA! That cracked me up!
    01-09-2009, 05:57 PM
I agree with what horse123 said about babysitting. That is a great job to have. If you like kids, it can be a very fun experience. Ask around and make yourself available. Young couples with kids LOVE babysitters. And you can make decent money too. Babysitting earned me lots of money when I was your age um ... 9 years ago (lol).

As for expenses ... my estimates are probably lower than average, since my barn has very cheap board and I got my horse for free.

Full-care board: $160/month (this includes hay, grain, bedding)
*the horses at my barn are outside 24/7 and brought in at mealtimes and in bad weather

Farrier: $25 for a trim / around $60 for trimming & shoeing

Teeth: $0 (she doesn't get her teeth done)

Tack: $150 - used saddle
$20 - used bridle
$300 - rainsheet and winter blanket
$100 - everything else (roughly)
$50 - first aid

Shots: $150/yearly shots (I think)

Other vet expenses: so far I have paid probably close to $350-400 (once for a check-up & the time she colicked)

These expenses do not include random purchases such as new halters, lead ropes, flax seed (as part of her grain), treats, and various other things I need.

I would suggest part-leasing a horse and taking lessons (if you don't already). Before I got Jubilee, I was riding the same horse in my lessons for 3 years and got very attached, I felt like she was my own. Don't give up, but also be prepared for perhaps not being able to get a horse right away. Even though my expenses aren't that huge, it still all adds up.
    01-09-2009, 06:02 PM
When I was your age I would clean stalls and feed people's horses while they were out of town. I was lucky enough to grow up with horses but I have done my fair share of working with kids who want to ride but can't. I'd have them come to my house help me out with the horsey chores in exchange I would teach them how to ride.

Also when I wanted to start taking lessons at 15 my mom told me I had to pay for it myself, I didn't have any English tack at all. So my aunt helped me get started and once I proved to my parents I was serious they started helping me out with shows and lessons.

Good luck!
    01-09-2009, 06:35 PM
I agree with zany....your parents will probably help when they see you working hard and contributing to the cost. As a parent, I can tell ya, kids often have whims, so sometimes its hard for parents to tell what you are really serious about. So work hard and show them that you are serious. You will really need their cooperation in the long run. Im an adult and have money coming in and I find it tough sometimes. As everyone has will have to take into or trims, feed, hay, general care stuff, AND it is very very helpful to have some emergency vet bill money set aside! Those vet bills can get crazy! Good luck to you!!!!! Sounds like you are a hard working kid and I think you will find a way to get you a horse!
    01-10-2009, 05:01 PM
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In the hay field, no driver's license is needed, just the skilles to drive a truck every slowly.

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