We have been riding for about six years now. We have a good amount of experience caring for horses. We have experience handling more advanced and even slightly green horses. My cousin is working with a slightly green horse who doesn't really know how to jump or canter yet and working on fixing that. (She's taken lessons for about four-five more years than me). I'm working on jumping and cantering (in the arena. I can canter pretty competently on trails).
My cousin's instructor has stated many times that she thinks my cousin is ready to own a horse. At her first show she got three seconds and a fifth and we think the fifth was unfair (long story). Take it from me, she is a good rider.
I haven't known my current instructor for that long but she has said many things to me about me being competent and a good rider with a good head on my shoulders. People have commented that I ride well. At my first show I got three seconds, a fourth, a fifth and a no placement but I was in the most advanced W/T classes. (We had class A, B, and C which I didn't know about until I was there. A being the easiest with the least experienced riders and C being the hardest with the most experienced. My instructor chose who went were).
This year my father gave me the go ahead to lease for the first time and my cousin has leased for a few years in a row already. We have also just gotten the official okay form our parents to be staff members at a horse camp we've gone to for a while :).
Speaking of horse camp it's a long story but we ended up pretty much being the staff. We woke up the earliest and helped the lady who runs it cook breakfast and set up (and then afterwards) clear the table. We also usually helped set the table and cleaned it for the other meals as well. Then we helped the other riders (they were beginners) tack up and help them with their horses in general if they needed help.
By no means have we had an easy time of being able to ride. We've had to work and slowly convince our parents for every bit of riding time. We're kind of infamous for it in fact. One of our parent's favorite things to say is "You're always trying to make a deal for more riding time" the other is "What are you guys scheming about?" (Hint: It involves horses ).
Knowing all that, do you guys think we're ready to own a horse? Our families could afford it so don't worry about that. It's just been an uphill battle but I think we're finally ready to win.
I do think we're ready but I respect your opinions and look forward to hearing them . Hope you didn't mind the essay just wanted to make sure you know what you're dealing with!