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post #1 of 7 Old 12-28-2011, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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School, Work, Boyfried + Horse?

So, I'm kind of stuck in a rut right now. I am in need of a show horse this coming year. I have leased different horses for 3 years, but this year, my options have run dry. So we have looking into owning a horse. There are two issues with this
1) Where to board.
2) How much board we can afford.
3) Time

Starting back in January, I have college classes all day on Mondays, and 1/2 the day on Tuesday. I also need to get a part time job to afford a car. On top of this, I have a long term boyfriend.

So I guess my concern is, if I get a horse, how do I manage everything on my plate? I would have to pay for board and gas to go to the barn. I also have to keep my grades up. I am a Junior in high school taking college courses (whole other story) which are more demanding than HS courses.

I think I just am in need of moral support!

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-28-2011, 02:21 PM
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you can do it!!! its not impossible but it will be demanding.

i would look for barns then job then when i have succeeded in both then look at horses. i would also look into a job that has hours during dark morning or night so the day is free.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-28-2011, 02:24 PM
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I think it's awesome you're thinking this out so well. No leases available at all? You need a trainers horse in need of a rider sort of situation. Owning a horse is a huge expense, but you know that b/c you have leased.
Good luck. I hope the boyfriend is one who accepts your horseyness
Here's a motherly moral support hug! I fear for when my girl gets to the point you are in life that she will throw her horseyness away, as I did - took me 12 years to refind it.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-28-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yes, the boyfriend is very "horse supportive" haha. He's a great show assistant!

I have some feelers out looking for leases. Its just hard to find what I'm looking for. The horse I leased last year was awesome, but ended up getting hurt. This is why I'm out on the search again

Barn wise, I have options, just looking for the best and most convienant. I have this month and next to keep searching, but after that, the show season begins! I just hope I can do all of it.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-28-2011, 02:56 PM
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I know how you feel! I'm a senior in HS working on my courses for college. I've had a boyfriend for almost 3years now. He's been an amazing help. I also have a job (atleast 22 hours a week) &have a TB. What I did, is I found a barn that was reasonable. (Try to find a barn that you can work at!) Then I bought my TB. He's a handful! Lol. I guess the trick is getting a routine. Mine is: school, horse, work, school work) :)
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-28-2011, 03:13 PM
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I feel for you! Its difficult to find a balance, but your going the right way about it! Get yourself a system where enought time is spent on each aspect of life. set yourself say 2 hours a night to get the horse exercised, watered, fed, bedded down etc, then go home have chillout time and dinner for an hour then school work after that. Its what i've done and it works pretty well, untill im knackered after a particulally hard day lol

See if the barn you choose to bord at has any stable hand positions going. Could make life so much easier not having to cart yourself between job and horse!

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-28-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Found the barn! It's a 1/2 mile from my house, a small private barn with a large arena and lots of trails.

Now, on the hunt for a job.
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