After a discussion with my parents last night about buying a horse, I've decided to create my own journal on here, where I will record all my experiences as I save up for, purchase, and own a horse.
None of you know this, but I'm actually an administrator on another parrot-related forum. I very experienced when it comes to parrots, and I own an African Grey Parrot. When I got him, I had a journal on that forum, and I found it nice to be able to record everything and ask all my questions there.
So, to those of you who are interested, I will let you know what's been going on with everything. (This will be long, sorry!)
I've been riding off and on for about nine years, taking lessons and riding my friend's horse. I absolutely love horses and I've always wanted one, but it has never been a reality until just recently, since I've been hired into jobs. (Horses are E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E.)
I'm homeschooled on an online school and since I'm always at the house and not being social much, it occurred to me how getting involved in horses again might be good for me. I talked to one of my good friends, who owns her own horse, and then I decided I really wanted a horse. I began talking to my parents and over the past few weeks and they like the idea, they just think it's quite expensive. Last night I finally got my final answer from them. Yes, I can get a horse, but I must have enough money for a horse, three months worth of board, and for all the supplies. That's a lot.
I remember at my first job, McDonald's, I saved up $1000 for my parrot. I remember it feeling extremely difficult. I HATED that job. I'm hoping it will be better this time. I now work at Bethany, a retirement home, and I am a banquet server. (JUST hired.) I will have very few hours. So number one on my list of things to do is to find another job. But not just any job. I'm not allowed just any job. I will be honest with you, and at McDonald's, I was innapropriately approached by a man over 18 who was my coworker. It scared the heck out of my mom, and she's now very picky where I apply. Which is completely understandable.
Here are my ideas. I was thinking of trying really hard to find a part-time position at a stable. That would be ABSOLUTELY WONDERFULLY WONDERFUL. Seriously, that would be the best option possible. Very unlikely, but I'm going to try super hard. I would love to be exposed to horses more and be around them and be in a setting like that. My next idea is; there is a local bird store that I'm very familiar with and in love with. They are hiring, but they are only hiring people over 18. I plan on going in Thursday and talking to in person them about whether I'd be able to apply or not, even though I'm only 16. So wish me luck with one of these options, and I'll let you know how it all goes!
Next on my list to blab about....Figuring out how much I need to save. I'm thinking around $2000, but I don't know. Horses vary in prices, and I don't know what the supplies will add up to. The place I plan on boarding asks $425 a month, $380 if you clean your own stall. That's already $1,140 just going to board, since I HAVE to have at least 3 months board in the bank according to my parents. (OMG, I didn't realize that until just now...dang...) What do you think I should spend on a horse? $1000? More than that? I just want an all around horse I can ride for fun with, nothing fancy, nothing that I'll ever compete with. Opinions? Also, it would be great to find a list of every single item I need to buy when I first get a horse. I could then research the prices of them all and add that up. If someone could list that out for me, that would be great!
So that's pretty much what's going on. If anyone can answer any of the questions I've included, that would be great! Any additional thoughts or opinions will also be appreciated. I can't wait for everything to get rolling and I will keep you all updated!