My name is Trina and I live in Ohio. I do not currently, nor have I ever owned horses. I became interested in them when I was around 14 years old, I am now 18, and since then my interest has grown to what some might call an obsession. I fully intend to own and run a boarding/ training stable as my career. I graduated high school last year and plan to attend the University of Findlay as an Equestrian Studies and Equine Business Management major when I can afford the tuition.
My reason for creating this journal is so I can have a more permanent way to write out my goals and also to possibly have other people to talk to about them and give me some support. And also a little accountability.
My horse goals for 2013 are:
By April 30th:
I will have visited a local (ish, the closest one is seven hours away) Curly horse farm with my dad to see if he has an allergic reaction to them.
For those of you who don't know, the Bashkir Curly horse is a breed of horse with a curly hair coat that (it is thought, though I don't believe it's actually been proven yet) is without the protein that causes an allergic reaction in allergy sufferers who are sensitive to horses. So, basically, many people who have mild to sever allergic reactions to horses, such as my dad, don't react to this breed. He has always liked horses, and my mom had them when she was younger and misses it. I, as you know, love horses. Once I discovered this breed in a magazine, and did a little research, I told my parents about them and they're both on board for testing the theory. If my dad doesn't react to them, this is the breed I will be getting once all my other goals fall into place. If he does react, we've decided I will still be able to have a horse, but with very strict rules about keeping horse hair in the house to an absolute minimum.
By June 30th:
Finish our barn to home two horses comfortably.
Our barn is actually a very large garage. I'm thinking it will take about $1,500 to redo the lower end of it to house horses, maybe more, but not much.
By August 15th:
Have all stable supplies, or at least have it all ordered.
(Pitch forks, wheelbarrow, leadropes, buckets ect.)
By November 1st:
By this day I want to either have a horse (or two, as my dad also wants one), be in the process of purchasing them or at least be in the position to do so. I know I won't automatically find the horse for me just because I have the money, but by this day I want to at least be able to.
I know this is a long process, and there's a lot more involved than just the four goals I've stated. I do have a job and am doing my best to save every cent I possibly can, but if anyone has any tips for saving, or keeping these goals in mind when I'm tempted, I'd be more than happy to listen.
Also, I'm going to start taking lessons very soon, I just have to find the right stable to go to.
So, does anyone have any advice?