Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
What everyone has said it true. Even though one year isn't long, and the age of the horses you ride does not demonstrate experience, it's still not the issue.
The issue is not "getting your parents to let you buy a horse" because you can't buy a horse. For one, you're underaged and can't own one, and two, I doubt that you can afford one. The issue is "how to convince your parents to buy you a horse, and pay it's upkeep". Horse are expensive. You'll be looking at thousands up front for the actual horse, tack and gear, plus likely somewhere between $200 - $1000 a month to keep it. Searching through this forum you'll find countless stories about people with trouble with their first horses that end up having to get instructors and trainers just to do basic riding. So it's not just board, it's also training costs, and gear, not to mention transport taking you out there daily or so. And then time to go there and back, and supervising you, and probably competitions later on, new tack, entry fees, time, transport. It never ends.
Horses are great, but they're time consuming and expensive. Imagine if someone, a brother or sister perhaps, asked you to give them $100 a week to play golf. Or to go rowing or something. Would you do it? I doubt it.
The best way to convince parents would be to create an actual realistic budget. Lets say, it's conservative, about $400 a month. Then go get a job and earn $400 a month and save it all for 5 - 10 months, so you'll have your purchasing money, and maybe some tack money. Then keep your grades up, and try and spend an hour at least five days a week, at the stable place where you ride, helping out, to show you have the time for a horse.
Then in 10 months or so print out your bank statements, your grades etc and say, "Hey parents, for almost a year I have saved the cost to care for a horse. I've saved $4000 and have spent time out at the stables everyday. My grades are still excellent and will get me into university, can I please buy a horse? I'll sign a contract with you ensuring that I care for the horse, and keep my grades up. I'm pretty sure I can do it, but I'd love your support just in case I can't" And see what they say.
I remember being a kid and wanting a horse more than anything. My parents were great and bought me one. But I never understood the cost, both in time and money, that having a horse came with. Now I understand, I am grateful for my childhood, and I have my own horse, but it's not easy. And if I were parent, I don't know if I'd get my kid a horse.