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    11-03-2010, 04:20 PM
My dad doesn't want a horse!?????

Ok so we might be getting a horse soon, i've been riding for about 5 years and my mom thinks i'm ready for one, she is a really southern girl who grew up with and loves animals so she is all for getting me a horse. But my dad who grew up in new york city isn't so crazy about animals. He doesn't know a lot about horses or what it takes to have a horse, so because of that he doesn't really want to get one. So could someone give me some advice what to say to convince him to buy me one or an experienced horse owner tell me something to tell him so he knows a little more about what it is actually like to have a horse? Thanks!
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    11-03-2010, 04:58 PM
Do you have any other animals? My dad said if I can feed the chickens,turkeys,and rabbits (So I could prove to him that I could care for a horse), then we could purchase a horse. I've also noticed leaving little "I love you daddy,have a good day at work!" notes on his dresser before he wakes up in the morning helps
    11-03-2010, 05:03 PM
How old are you? If you can, get a job, or do odd jobs, like helping a neighbor with lawn work, and save your own cash. If you can prove that you're serious, he may reconsider.
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    11-03-2010, 05:04 PM
Unfortunately, one of the reasons I find most often in adults that have never been around horses is that they are usually really intimidated by them and thus, don't want to be around them. They are hard work and expensive, but if you love them, it's all worth it. If all else fails, tell him that owning a horse would be a great way for you to learn some more responsibility.
    11-03-2010, 05:11 PM
It is a great way to learn responsibility and it is a great positive way to spend your time. It's healthy, and you will be working hard and not spending your weekend mornings in bed (I am assuming that you are a teenager and do this).

However if your dad is going to be paying for the horse, it is ultimately his decision.
    11-03-2010, 05:12 PM
Have you tried laying out a care plan for your horse, so he realizes you have put some serious thought in how you will care for the horse?

Prepare a binder with a breakdown (typed up) of what you are looking for in your first horse, Things you will need to get before/when you find your horse, A basic breakdown of costs, basic info on a few boarding stables (If you will be boarding), and the resourses you have that you could use if you had a question.

Also, the phrase "Daddy I love you and you are the bestest daddy in the whole wide world" works wonders.

Hope this helps!
    11-03-2010, 06:21 PM
Oh, I forgot one!

For a last reesort- say "Well, If I can't gat a horse, then I will just have to get a boyfriend!" Works every time;)
    11-03-2010, 07:51 PM
Thanks everyone! That's great advice! I have been trying to earn money and like
A knack for horses said I have already organized a notebook of all of
The things they said and I will definantly try and show him how responsible I can be with our other animals
(we have 2 cats and 3 dogs)!:)
I'll talk to him about it when he wakes up, he's been sleeping forever-he just got back from afghanistan
So he's tired:)- wish me luck!!!
    11-03-2010, 08:38 PM
Oh, was he serving in the military? If so, then give him a big hug and let him know that there are people out here who appreciate his service and have the utmost respect for folks like him.
    11-03-2010, 08:50 PM

Originally Posted by smrobs    
Oh, was he serving in the military? If so, then give him a big hug and let him know that there are people out here who appreciate his service and have the utmost respect for folks like him.
yes he is. I will . Thanks so much for your support!!! :)

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