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        02-10-2013, 05:39 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Love the idea for this thread! I just re-entered horse ownership about a week and a half ago after being horseless for a year. I used another persons horses to teach lessons and split the cost of the lesson with her. She also let me ride as much as I could because she loved that the horses were being worked by someone experienced. In a few months time, my lesson business grew to the point where I was paying her double what it would cost to keep a horse so I decided it would be more beneficial to have my own horse to teach lessons on. So, just a week and some change ago I brought home Big Breezie, a fantastic lesson horse. A horse exercising job also literally fell into my lap, and a woman who only rides on weekends pays me to ride her horses during the week.
    I also see a lot of horses that never get used, and a lot of people who never get to ride. I'm working with my current BO to help him lease out some of his never-used-but-great horses to people. We're thinking graduates of my lesson program can move up to leasing, and others interested in leasing will come to me for an assessment to determine whether they are ready to lease or need to jump into the lesson program first.
    For those of you who are horseless, maybe look into doing some free exercise riding? There are a lot of people out there who don't have the time to ride as much as their horse needs it! Especially if you have a block in the middle of the week for those owners who can only ride on weekends.
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        02-10-2013, 05:58 PM
      #22
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    I see tons of "horseless rider" and "riderless horse" ads around here. Has anyone ever done this?
    We have such ads in our TROT organization (for trail riders) from time to time. I never did it personally, but I was offered a horse in a past when I didn't have mine. And I know some people from my local forum who did/do it. If there is a right match it works wonder for both - horseless rider and the owner of the horse.
         
        02-10-2013, 07:56 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    I don't have a horse my parents are always saying no. Which I don't understand....we can afford it, without a doubt. I have to say I have a difficult time loving horses and not owning or riding one. Some days I get kinda down in the dumps because If I ever get a horse it will be when I get out of college in a few years an it seems sooo far away. I'm always afraid that because of not being around horses, my love is just going to fade away...and I just have to tell myself that if its meant to be its meant to be. I love my life with horses in it and can't imagine it without it, but times change and that's what I'm afraid of. I am the care taker of my neighbor's horses and have a good relationship with them. But, I'm not allowed to ride them because they say they're too old. They're 23 ,
    They still have some good riding years left. I like being around them but I want to ride SO BAD! It's like having a nice car, but never driving it. Spending time with the horses and petting them only satisfies my love for horses and need to be around them to a certain extent. So, after my parents said an absolute no, they said I could take riding lessons. That got me excited but I was supposed to start back in November and they keep putting it off. The none of my dads friends offered to teach me how to ride for free. Now, lessons that you pay for are COMPLETELY out of the question, even when the guy has taught me everything he can. I guess I just feel stuck
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        02-10-2013, 08:16 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I really feel for you - I think sometimes parents who don't understand/share the same interest/hobby can try to 'hope the passion will fade' eventually. I believe, (and I could be wrong) they're scared. Many non-horsey people can be literally frightened by the thought of getting on a horse's back, and they might be thinking you'll be hurt. You sound like a very smart person, and I'm sure you'd follow all safety measures while riding, but at times non-horsey parents can have a sort of 'block' to it. I don't know how old you are, but when you become an adult you could use the experience you've already gained with horses as a tool to get work into a stable near your college, take lessons, and ride !! I don't think your love for horses will fade! Be determined to know that it won't be long, and you'll be able to follow that dream! Who knows what exciting adventures are in store for you with horses? Best of luck, and keep dreaming! - dreams become realities before we even know it :)
         
        02-10-2013, 09:44 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Thanks for starting this post. I too am horse-less. I've been taking lessons now for a couple of years and volunteering for a therapy program. I also ride my in-laws horses whenever we see them.

    Luckily I have a very understanding husband. We're hoping to fix up our property and build a small barn this year so I can get a couple of horses eventually.
         
        02-10-2013, 11:45 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Thanks Northerstar your words definitely lifted my spirits tonight. I was talking to my parents, don't get me wrong I love my parents and couldn't ask for better ones, but they told me that this is my dream and not theirs, therefore why should they spend their money on it. Kinda just made me crash and burn. I am determined. My mom got mad at me because she said maybe 10 years down the road you can have a horse...and I was like 10 years!?! That's when I said "horse people like me a crazy for horses, and I will live off of canned beans for a year to make sure I have a horse and he's eating good. I'm getting a horse within 5 years." And I am determined! My dreams won't fade! Thanks guys.

    Oh, now I'm going to pull the next card out of sleeve....look at trying to lease a horse.
         
        02-11-2013, 09:56 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    I would like to think that eventually I will own a small training/boarding/lesson barn that's 10-12 stalls just for my personal use and whatnot... But who knows, anything can happen! My dream would be to retrain TB's since I love TB's so much! Haha
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        02-11-2013, 01:30 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Horse racer    
    I don't have a horse my parents are always saying no. Which I don't understand....we can afford it, without a doubt. I have to say I have a difficult time loving horses and not owning or riding one. Some days I get kinda down in the dumps because If I ever get a horse it will be when I get out of college in a few years an it seems sooo far away. I'm always afraid that because of not being around horses, my love is just going to fade away...and I just have to tell myself that if its meant to be its meant to be. I love my life with horses in it and can't imagine it without it, but times change and that's what I'm afraid of. I am the care taker of my neighbor's horses and have a good relationship with them. But, I'm not allowed to ride them because they say they're too old. They're 23 ,
    They still have some good riding years left. I like being around them but I want to ride SO BAD! It's like having a nice car, but never driving it. Spending time with the horses and petting them only satisfies my love for horses and need to be around them to a certain extent. So, after my parents said an absolute no, they said I could take riding lessons. That got me excited but I was supposed to start back in November and they keep putting it off. The none of my dads friends offered to teach me how to ride for free. Now, lessons that you pay for are COMPLETELY out of the question, even when the guy has taught me everything he can. I guess I just feel stuck
    Your situation sounds a lot like mine. Although I'm an adult now and both my parents are deceased, while growing up they always said "no" to a horse. We could have had one- at least a pony. But they wouldn't budge. In fact, they wouldn't let me have ANY pets. We had cats, but none of them were "mine" if you know what I mean.

    Since I'm an adult and don't have anyone to tell me "no!" all the time, I've tried to figure out a way to get a horse- even a miniature, or for that matter, a donkey (I rather like donkeys!). But since I rent, it would mean I'd have to board, and I just don't see a way I could swing both the upkeep of an equine as well as boarding fees for it.

    There are other problems too- I don't have a car/truck/vehicle, which means I have no way to transport a horse. I'd have to hire someone. And since I rely on public transportation, I'm very limited where I can even go. There is really no bus service out where most of the equestrian facilities are located around here. Which means lessons (which I have no interest in anyway) are beyond my reach as well.

    And as for leasing...well, it really doesn't happen around here for some reason. I do remember an ad several months ago from a horse owner looking to lease out, but they specified they wanted 1) a young girl, and 2)the horse would be kept at the girl's parents' property.

    So, yeah. Sucks big time, but I have no more contact with horses and don't see any likelihood of it changing anytime soon. So I can relate.
         
        02-11-2013, 03:16 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Almond Joy, I absolutly LOVE TB! They're the most beaustiful and majestic horse I think there is. That is high in the list of horses I will have.
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        02-12-2013, 02:32 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    Hey horse racer, I don't know how old you are, but what if you asked your parents if you could get an after school job to pay for lessons? Babysitting, cleaning house, mowing lawns. Then it's not their money but yours to spend on your dream. I knew kids at the old camp I worked at that would save money up ALL year to pay their own way to go to camp, and it cost $750 for one week. Maybe you could even offer gas money to your parents to drive you to lessons. Find an instructor who is big on safety, and ask them if they could talk to your parents about the safety measures they take to keep you safe on and around a horse. Above all, be respectful to your parents, no matter their decision. They may come around if you respectfully show them how much you want this.
         

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