Well as chance may have it, I have an opportunity to buy a horse. And Cheap!
A friend of my uncle is selling his 20 year old dead broke ranch QH mare. She was sold once, but the people who bought her changed her feed without introducing it slowly to the mare. She got sick and they gave her back to the original owners.
They are listing her at $500 dollars, but if someone in FFA or 4-H was interested in her, they would sell her to them for $200.
The reason she is so cheap is because
1. She has been on the market for quite some time now
2. She doesn't have a fancy pedigree and
3. Her age
Ok, so as of now, I have enough to buy this horse, a grooming kit, and pay my instructor to give an assesment of her ablilities, temperment, etc. I already have a halter and some basic doctoring materials. (I have no idea why I bought them since I don't have a horse). I also have approximately $500 dollars in the bank in case of an emergency that can be paid upfront if the need be.
My grandmother is willing to pay for food, farrier costs, vet bills, and so on. She completely offered to do this, and I feel kind of bad that she will be shelling out quite a bit of green on something she will get no return on. So I will be putting in job applications soon so I can help her pay for the costs.
I have a place to keep her, and at least 3 honest, reputable horsepeople to talk to if I have questions or need guidance with something. I also have magazines, the horse forum, books and tapes to help me if I have questions.
The only thing standing in my way of buying this horse is my parents. I am still a minor so what my parents say, goes. Regardless of how much preparation I have put into this plan.
SO.....Is there anything I am forgetting? Does it seem within reason to put this offer on the table with my parents? Any advice on how to approach them?
I'm not going to throw a hissy fit if you think it won't work. I've got my big girl panties on and I'm going to deal with it.
I want to know what everyone would do in this situation.
Thanks for responding ahead of time.