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    09-24-2010, 08:33 PM
  #1
Weanling
Should I even be considering buying a horse?

I'm a college sophmore. And I work very little during the school calendar (only 19 hours a week).
I live...at home :( I don't understand the type of people from the university (most of the girls I secretly refer to as "barbies"--because they must have a made in china stamp somewhere under their fake hair, nails, boobs or short skirts and strappy hollyster tops. Me...Im plain. I really like cars, and offroading, I don't usually wear makeup, and I just wear plain stuff or western shirts or things with "FORD" on them. I don't want to talk about nails or guys.). I've tried to be friendly and it just hasn't worked. Anyhow..So I don't have any friends..And the time I'm not working, studying or in classes I find myself at home. I find things to do. Mess with my birds. Do homework. Last night I processed a turkey start to finish ALL BY MYSELF for the first time! I was so proud. Lol
We have a mustang that's not broke, and also a big expensive APHA gelding that my dad bought for my 11 year old sister but she wont ride him. He's literally been standing for 4 weeks and not been ridden. She won't touch him. So today I went down and saddled and bridled him, and just as I got on and swung the gate open (you could tell how much he wanted to go. Heís 5 years old and has been penned up for weeks rotting). She came screaming down the hill, ďHeís my horse! YOU CANíT DO THAT! YOUíLL RUIN HIM! GET OFF HIM NOW!Ē And whined and whined and threatened till I had to get off. So now..what is he doingÖHeís standing in the corral..Unsaddled and unridden and utterly bored. I feel like heís wasting.
I really have been wanting to buy a horse to ride on trails and maybe do some arena work with on the days I donít have classes. But now Iím kind of thinking..All the people Iíve heard of SELL THEIR HORSES DUE TO GOING TO COLLEGEÖI SEEM TO BE DOING THE OPPOSITE..SHOULD I EVEN BE THINKING ABOUT BUYIN A HORSE AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE? Iím going to be going to this university for at least a year. Or is it more fair that I just try to blow off the idea of wanting a horse again for the sake of itís not fair to a horse to buy one at this point in my life? Iím so torn.
     
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    09-24-2010, 08:40 PM
  #2
Banned
Hmm. Well you keep them at home right? I would say you could if you didn't have to pay for board or anything. I mean talk with your father about the horse your sister wont even touch I mean its horrible to hear him goto a waste.
So maybe consider asking your dad if you can work with him. I would maybe consider it I mean I am in college and am saving solid for a horse.
     
    09-24-2010, 08:42 PM
  #3
Showing
Can you just talk to your parents about the QH? I understand it was bought for your sister, but is she a legal owner? She's just 11 years old. In the end parents can explain her that he should be ridden.
     
    09-24-2010, 09:18 PM
  #4
Weanling
I've tried to talk to my parents about the paint. We've had enough horses since I was small that I know what it looks like whena horse is bored and going to waste. It's a shame because he's really well trained, really honest horse, and Im not allowed to touch him because the 11 year old says so.
I just feel like he's sitting there getting barn sour when he could still be ridden and exercised like he deserves.
She had a "bad" experience: he was tied to a loose horse panel (dont ask me how that works. I wasnt there), while she was sitting on him, and the dog came up and scared him, the paint pulled the panel over over, and my sister slid off his rump and that just "traumatized" her to borrow my mother's words.
Last weekend she had him out on a lead rope, and was RUNNING holding the very end of his lead rope, and he started, what else, cantering,and kicking up his heels. He's excited, young, and she had no control that far out. What did she think was going to happen? I went outside and told her I should walk him back to the corral for her. She screamed "NO!" at me, and as if to spite me, took off, horse in tow...And he promptly kicked up his heels once more, pulled the lead out of her hands, and ran all the way back to the corral (and hay shed) of his own free will.
     
    09-24-2010, 09:27 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by poultrygirl    
I've tried to talk to my parents about the paint. We've had enough horses since I was small that I know what it looks like whena horse is bored and going to waste. It's a shame because he's really well trained, really honest horse, and Im not allowed to touch him because the 11 year old says so.
I just feel like he's sitting there getting barn sour when he could still be ridden and exercised like he deserves.
She had a "bad" experience: he was tied to a loose horse panel (dont ask me how that works. I wasnt there), while she was sitting on him, and the dog came up and scared him, the paint pulled the panel over over, and my sister slid off his rump and that just "traumatized" her to borrow my mother's words.
Last weekend she had him out on a lead rope, and was RUNNING holding the very end of his lead rope, and he started, what else, cantering,and kicking up his heels. He's excited, young, and she had no control that far out. What did she think was going to happen? I went outside and told her I should walk him back to the corral for her. She screamed "NO!" at me, and as if to spite me, took off, horse in tow...And he promptly kicked up his heels once more, pulled the lead out of her hands, and ran all the way back to the corral (and hay shed) of his own free will.
To me she has no buisness telling you cannot ride that horse. she's 11 years old your how old? Don't let your little sister take control over what you do she isnt the boss she isn't the offical owner all she does is supposed to ride him and call him her she's not the one who purchased him. Your parents should not have bought a horse for her for him to goto a waste.
I am sorry but that's sad on there part.
     
    09-24-2010, 09:56 PM
  #6
Weanling
I say talk to your parents about your sisters horse, the possibility of buying your own horse...

I know a lot of people who attend college, have jobs as well, and still find time for horses (myself included). It's not unheard of and if you have the means and time management skills to do so, then there aren't any reasons why you couldn't, that I can tell.

You say you're going for at least a year? Are you planning on moving schools or only getting a two year degree or something?
     
    09-25-2010, 12:52 AM
  #7
Yearling
I think your sister has only started taking an interest in the horse again because you have. I think you should talk to your parents about letting you at least go on a few trail rides with him. How would that ruin him?
Or maybe... wait til your sister isn't there and then go out for a ride.
     
    09-25-2010, 01:36 AM
  #8
Foal
You say you have no friends and nothing in common with the girls at your school. If your parents decide that you shouldn't ride your little sister's horse I think you NEED to get a horse. Inevitably you will meet other horse people who you will have things in common with and make friends. Your little sister may want to ride with you thereby helping her and her horse. And finally college can be very stressful. As Winston Churchill said The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.
     
    09-25-2010, 03:57 PM
  #9
Weanling
I say at least a year at this university because I might be transferring for my last year. But, then again, I have like no money, and unless a full ride of scholarships for Ohio state came through (which we know wouldnt happen), I probably wont be going anywhere. Im just dreaming. Oh well.
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Originally Posted by trailqueen    
And finally college can be very stressful. As Winston Churchill said The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.
TrailQueen, I LOVE that quote. It really is true. I was pretty pleased with myself yesterday, even though I didn't get to go anywhere with the horse. I was amazed I even remember how to cinch up a saddle--it feels like its been that long. Lol.
And apparently I was going to "ruin" him because he's not my horse, yada yada yada. They argued later he has a sensitive mouth....Um...the bridle I put on him had a snaffle bit..and he didnt seem to mind. So how was I hurting him?
My parents have no problem with me getting a horse as long as I buy. They've always taught me if I want something I had to go out and get it: I bought my truck with my life savings. I pay for my dog to go to the vet, etc etc. If I want textbooks, I go buy them. If I want to go to the dentist or eye docter, I pay. I was just getting a filling last week and yours truely payed. If I want contacts or an antibiotic, I pay out of pocket. Probably why I'm broke most of the time. LOL. I wish they'd instill my little siblings with the same value. So I'm pursing craigslist still hoping someone has an honest horse they're willing to sell for under $1000. LOL
     
    09-25-2010, 04:58 PM
  #10
Showing
Don't want to sound rude, but it sounds kinda wrong. You have to buy everything yourself, but your sister getting everything bought by the parents? Yeah, I understand she's just 11, but then so what? Personally I'd just ride the horse and tell the sister "you don't ride - I do" and send her far away if she starts complaining (if the situation is indeed as you described). But it's just me. Caring for the horse is expensive, you can go broke if you can't make enough and parents don't help with expenses.
     

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