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        05-20-2013, 09:00 PM
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    Not Sure What To Do - Need Some Guidance

    My goal this summer was to take my mare showing. This will be her first time showing, as well as my first time in a long time. Things are going great as far as training goes, we're making a lot of progress. But since I don't have a job anymore, I'm relying on my parents to cover the costs of new equipment and other fees. They're fine with that, as long as I am helping out around the house and barn, we've also agreed that I would be paying them back for all the costs. They've already spent over $300 for show clothes. I'm starting to feel stressed out about them paying for everything. It's a lot of money. We're even buying our own trailer. The new barn I'm riding and working at has offered me the chance to show with their horses, and go to shows as a groom. My mum thinks it would be a good idea to show with them first, before showing on my own. Which I agree, but I was looking over the costs, and it would be waaaay cheaper to show my own horse, with my own trailer. This barn also allows people to bring their own horses for lessons. I was thinking since we will be getting our own trailer, if it would be more beneficial to take my mare over there for lessons, and do less shows. I'm getting to the point where I just have no idea what I should do anymore.
         
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        05-20-2013, 09:19 PM
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    Well, it seems money is the basis of your concerns here. Don't think I'm being critical, because I'm really not intending to be, I just have a lot of questions. Is there any way you could maybe get a casual or part-time job to help with some of the costs? It's no secret that horses and especially horse showing is expensive. You said you're working at this barn - is it just volunteer work?

    What is the reason it is more expensive to go with the stable horses to show? Is it just the shows they attend that are more expensive? Keep in mind that if you go to shows on your own, it will be your parents footing 100% of the bill for things like fuel and wear and tear on the vehicle, not to mention food for both you and your horse for the day and other random things that tend to crop up when you're at a show.

    If you're really concerned about the cost of showing this year, perhaps it is best to scale back on the number of shows and start saving your pennies for next show season so you won't have to worry as much about the costs next year. I'm not saying don't go to any shows, but maybe just pick a few that you really really want to attend for this year and then increase your goal for next season.
         
        05-20-2013, 09:19 PM
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    I may be out of left field here but job comes before shows. I am a student and took a loan out from my folks who are amazing. That loan covers gas and groceries to go to a school required internship. I am also putting miles on two of their horses, assisting around the barn and I assist in the family business outside of my established work hours. I will also be paying that loan off once I establish a solid career. I say this so you know where I am coming from and that I do understand the stress you are feeling. In my opinion, the fact that my family is so wonderful to loan me money means that I don't ask for extras like going to horse shows. It should be noted that I do not show or have plans to show (its not my scene).

    My advise is to talk it over openly with your parents. They may not genuinely mind paying for your shows. Then again, shows are expensive and not required, unless you are trying to establish yourself as a trainer.
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        05-20-2013, 09:38 PM
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    Originally Posted by Glynnis    
    Well, it seems money is the basis of your concerns here. Don't think I'm being critical, because I'm really not intending to be, I just have a lot of questions. Is there any way you could maybe get a casual or part-time job to help with some of the costs? It's no secret that horses and especially horse showing is expensive. You said you're working at this barn - is it just volunteer work?

    What is the reason it is more expensive to go with the stable horses to show? Is it just the shows they attend that are more expensive? Keep in mind that if you go to shows on your own, it will be your parents footing 100% of the bill for things like fuel and wear and tear on the vehicle, not to mention food for both you and your horse for the day and other random things that tend to crop up when you're at a show.

    If you're really concerned about the cost of showing this year, perhaps it is best to scale back on the number of shows and start saving your pennies for next show season so you won't have to worry as much about the costs next year. I'm not saying don't go to any shows, but maybe just pick a few that you really really want to attend for this year and then increase your goal for next season.
    It technically is volunteer work, but I'm getting free lessons out of it.

    The reason showing with the barn is more expensive is because they're going to places that require new memberships, they charge for braiding, and for using their horse, and for gas, and for trailering, and the entry fees are more expensive than the shows I was planning on attending.

    I was only planning on taking my girl to five shows, and only participating in four. The reason I want to get showing this year, is because I plan to attend college next year, and I'm not sure if my mare will be able to sit in a field for that long and then just up and go to shows.
         
        05-20-2013, 09:41 PM
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    I may be out of left field here but job comes before shows. I am a student and took a loan out from my folks who are amazing. That loan covers gas and groceries to go to a school required internship. I am also putting miles on two of their horses, assisting around the barn and I assist in the family business outside of my established work hours. I will also be paying that loan off once I establish a solid career. I say this so you know where I am coming from and that I do understand the stress you are feeling. In my opinion, the fact that my family is so wonderful to loan me money means that I don't ask for extras like going to horse shows. It should be noted that I do not show or have plans to show (its not my scene).

    My advise is to talk it over openly with your parents. They may not genuinely mind paying for your shows. Then again, shows are expensive and not required, unless you are trying to establish yourself as a trainer.
    I was planning to get a job after the summer so that I could pay back everything my parents dished out. Our agreement was that it was only a loan and that I would be finding a way to pay them back anyway.
         
        05-20-2013, 09:58 PM
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    Gotcha.

    Welp, when I was still living at home, my parents did pay for a lot of my showing expenses. However, they limited the number of shows they would pay for and then I was responsible for the rest.

    Since your parents are lending you the money, my personal advice would be to limit the number of expenses (shows) you incur so that you can a) have hope of paying them back in a short time frame and b) once they are paid back, you can start socking away money if showing is something you absolutely are dead set on doing.

    And it might be nice to tag along with your stable - even if not to show, but just to help, etc.

    Your mare is really pretty - love her colour. She's very similar in colouring to my mare. What do you plan on showing her in?
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        05-20-2013, 10:17 PM
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    There is a place just down the road from where I am, on the fair grounds, that do four shows every year. For the first one, I was going to bring Nell just to experience the show atmosphere, since it's her first time. Then I would show in the next two, but I can't attend the last one. They have two divisions, hunter/jumper and western, which has English US classes as well. I wanted to do some halter classes, and then I would do walk/trot English and western, and do some barrel classes. The other two shows I wanted to go to were just small fair shows, with similar classes. I wanted to tag a long with my coach, who does eventing, which is something I'm really interested in getting into.

    Thank you!!
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