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post #21 of 29 Old 01-10-2010, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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okay sorry im like rearted( not litterly) but how do i start a thread?
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post #22 of 29 Old 01-10-2010, 09:43 PM
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Not owning a horse is so rough. This thread may be kind of silly, but surely at some point another horse lover has thought and gone through the same things that I am.
I don't own a horse of my own because of the cost, as my parents can't afford it(I ride lesson horses and have been for a year)... but I love horses so much it's painful to not have my own, and it's literally all I think about and dream about.
Any advice on how to deal with those feelings and thoughts? It's hard to contain them, and it just gets worse and worse. And with not owning my own, my horse obsession(lol) grows and grows. It's crazy! I've never wanted anything SO badly!
Have you tried going to your local stable? see if working in exchange of a part lease, or even lessons be an option? if you can get rides, there are some people out there who would kill to have someone come ride their horse or care for it. See if posting an add might be an option? go around a couple barns and see if you can work somewhere on the weekends and work around horses.
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post #23 of 29 Old 01-10-2010, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Have you tried going to your local stable? see if working in exchange of a part lease, or even lessons be an option? if you can get rides, there are some people out there who would kill to have someone come ride their horse or care for it. See if posting an add might be an option? go around a couple barns and see if you can work somewhere on the weekends and work around horses.
That's a really good idea. Never thought of that. I may see if I can do that and look around. Thanks so much for the idea!
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post #24 of 29 Old 01-11-2010, 03:10 AM
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That's a really good idea. Never thought of that. I may see if I can do that and look around. Thanks so much for the idea!
Oh goodness, don't even mention it! I spent a big part of the year last year horseless, because my life took a couple turns and I knew I had to focus on my family for a while. Knew it wouldn't be fair to have a horse who I knew I wouldn't go see, so i sold my gelding and went horseless.
Years ago, as a young rider, I also spent a very short period where I had moved from Southern France where I had 4 horses to Canada and was horseless. At the time I was just beginning to get back into horses, so I spent the better part of my time helping out a riding club, or spending time at the neighbors helping with their horses.

As long as you can manage getting a ride to where ever it is you are going, there are a lot of things you can do to prepare yourself and learn more about horse so you are all set up and ready to go when you do get one.

Good luck!
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post #25 of 29 Old 01-11-2010, 10:36 AM
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I know exactly how you feel! I can remember when I was younger and I wanted a horse so bad. For me, it was almost just like needing air to breath, without them, I would die. I felt like I was in this world where I was on the outside looking in to a special world...a wonderful world: The Horse World. I just wanted to be in it. I can remember being in a car and driving by people riding and I'd almost drool down window cause I wanted to ride so bad.

When I was 15 my mom bought me a yearling filly. I was in heaven. I was part of the special world I had always wanted to be in. A couple of years later, I can remember watching the cars drive by and seeing the faces of little kids watching me ride. I loved being the girl that was riding the horse instead of the girl with her face pressed to the window hoping and dreaming.

That lasted until I was 19 when my parents sold my horse cause I wanted to join the AF.

I was in the other world again....the one without horses. For another 22 years I would live in that world. (ok..I did ride, train, and show western pleasure for other people, but it wasn't the same.)

Now..finally. I am in the world that I've always wanted to be in. The horse world. I plan to stay this time. I have a beautiful coming two yr old and coming one yr old fillies. If I am lucky I will also get to buy Lyric's mom and my dream of having my own foal will come true and my dreams will have finally become my reality. It's an amazing feeling.

I am not trying to rub it it. Just hold onto those feelings with all of your being and one day your dreams will come true!!! If I can make my dreams come true 22 years later, there is hope for anyone!!!

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Thank you all so much for your stories. You've inspired me to keep holding on to my dreams and just be patient. If anyone else has a story, I'd be delighted if they'd share here, I love reading what everyone has to say!♥
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post #27 of 29 Old 01-15-2010, 02:21 AM
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dreams do come true

hi jessica,
on the subject of dreams... my parents didnt really understand my need for a horse. When i got my horse last year my mum was quite shocked ... she didnt realise i had carried that dream for so long and was convinced i was going through a mid life crisis! My dad however began to ask questions , they live some distance away but i introduced my dad to my horse via mobile phone pictures. Dad and the horse are both characters and somehow dad has come to like the idea .... he sees my horse as someone who can finally put me in my place! At Christmas i went to see my parents they had bought me some lovely presents but there was an odd shaped present which they left till last. When i opened it i found a bag of carrots! Ah bliss the best present ever because it meant they finally "get me". My dad reckons if only he had known then all those years ago he would have saved a lot of money and given me a bag of carrots instead of a bike! Life will take many turns for you and it may be a while before you get your horse, waiting and working will make you a better person and you will apreciate it more than any of the little spoilt brats who get everything for nothing!
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post #28 of 29 Old 01-16-2010, 08:46 AM
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Go around to your local barns and offer to do all their dirty work (muck stalls, feed, clean etc) in exchange for use of one of their horses.

I did it for three years (middle-high school) until I was able to buy my guy. It proved to my Mom that I could handle the commitment and my working turned into working in exchange for free board.
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post #29 of 29 Old 01-17-2010, 11:22 AM
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why don,t you advertise for some one in your area who may have a horse that they would be glad for someone to ride. i have one here that i have,nt the time to exercise, and i,d be over the moon for someone sensible to be coming and taking him out ,there was 2 girls taking him regular ,riding and driving but they havent been for a few weeks.probably found boyfriends or something
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