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post #1 of 18 Old 08-30-2012, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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school or my horses

I am only 14 so I am still going to school but last semester my grades dropped quite a bit and school starts in less than two weeks and my mom said if I don't keep my grades up I am going to have to stop riding. She just said it at breakfast this morning
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-30-2012, 09:16 AM
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When my parents bought me my first pony they typed and printed out a "contract" saying that I had to visit my horse everyday and get at least Bs in every subject or they'd sell my horse. Then they made me sign it.

I was 11.
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Your Mom's right; if horses are distracting you to the point where your grades are suffering, you may need to take a break from horses and concentrate on school.
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When my parents bought me my first pony they typed and printed out a "contract" saying that I had to visit my horse everyday and get at least Bs in every subject or they'd sell my horse. Then they made me sign it.

I was 11.
This is part of my deal as well.. my dad made up a huge contract where I need to get at least 88s as final marks in all of my subjects or else I'll lose my riding privileges.
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everyday I feel like the only thing keeping me going is horses and I just got hex 9 months ago
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I got elmo when I was 11 but school wasn't a big deal then so they said just get at least B's and I could keep him. But now school is harder and I wake up at 4:30 and bike to the barn and I sometime wear my riding clothes to school. So I have been getting late passes and my principal said 5 more late passes and she wants to have a word with me and my parents
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You can do well at school and have a horse.

Its just about using your time well. Always focus in class and do all your work, if you finish early don't just talk with your friends, do your homework, or next weeks work. If your teacher lets you submit drafts do that as well. Hand in work early, get your parents to go over the editing with you. If you don't have time after school to do your work do it at lunch time.

Life feels really hard when you're a teenager, and you feel like you can control nothing. But you can choose to keep your horse by choosing to do well in school. That is your choice.
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Getting good grades at school will give you a much better chance of getting a well paid job in the future and allow you to afford to keep horses. A few lucky people here have made a career out of horses but for many of us horses will always be a hobby. Your parents are right - schoolwork comes first.
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I have been studying a lot over summer break so I could get a head start on some school work. There is no way I am letting my school work get between me and my horses so I guess I have to work a bit harder but it's totally worth it
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You can do well at school and have a horse.

Its just about using your time well. Always focus in class and do all your work, if you finish early don't just talk with your friends, do your homework, or next weeks work. If your teacher lets you submit drafts do that as well. Hand in work early, get your parents to go over the editing with you. If you don't have time after school to do your work do it at lunch time.

Life feels really hard when you're a teenager, and you feel like you can control nothing. But you can choose to keep your horse by choosing to do well in school. That is your choice.
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My plan for balancing both is that I'm going to study a bit every night, as well as stay ahead on my assignments and make sure that I use class time wisely. So that way, if you happen to have a big test.. you don't have to spend five hours studying and you can just have a quick review and head to the barn.. then come back and study for a few more minutes.

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