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post #1 of 4 Old 02-22-2014, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Summer loan horse?

Hey, I'm pretty new here, sorry if this is in the wrong place, wasn't sure where else to put it!

Sorry if this makes no sense lol.

I've been thinking lately, this summer I would really like to see about getting a pony on loan. My parents always said if I could loan one and they pay around 90/100 a month they would be willing. They were wanting me to loan a riding school pony last summer, and it never happened. However I did loan a gelding for four months, September-January. I'm considering asking them if I could get a pony on loan from May to September, this summer. I'm going to add up costs and see if we could split them, but first of all, is it realistic to think I could find a pony to loan for such a short time? I do think I'm experienced enough, and I'd not be getting any green 4yo rearer types anyway lol. My problem is, I don't know if I could find a pony in the first place, and convincing my parents. I think they would be less willing as they know I'll get attached, and they're going to think I'll be attached to the point I'll not let said pony go by September. I obviously will get attached and be sad to say goodbye, but they'd think I'll be completely mental over it, which I wouldn't, as unlike my past loan I would know when to expect the goodbye. The reason I'd want a pony though, is as I am very long legged and already look slightly tall on a 14.2, so I'd have less want to keep it if I don't feel 100% comfortable on it. Has anyone got any tips for convincing my parents? I'm going to look for a summer job, even if I might be a bit young. I'd be willing to pay for as much of the pony as I can, so if I can find a way to convince them I won't have a mental breakdown when said pony has to leave, and I can help them pay for it, I can't see what else they'd have to argue about! They know I'm dedicated, I know a good bit about care and riding, and I would be really happy. But after losing my last loan horse I have been heartbroken so I don't know how to convince them about that!

Sorry this is so long, it probably makes no sense at all... any advice/input is appreciated greatly
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-23-2014, 12:51 AM
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I always have the hardest time with this use of the word "loan".

to me, "loan" always means to let someone else use something temporarily, but it is always from the lender's perspective. I can LOAN you my horse, but you cannot LOAN my horse. You can borrow, or lease or rent my horse.

Ok, just a silly pet peeve on my part.

to help convince your parents that you are mature enough to keep a temporary agreement temporary, you could write up a contract, and state your understanding of the terms, and your willingness to abide when the end comes, and the amount you intend to contribute.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-23-2014, 04:30 PM
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I think you could find a horse. People go away for the summer, they might be looking for someone to care for theirs. Ask around, put up wanted notices. The only thing is I don't know if it would be in your price range. 100 pounds a month really isn't that much.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-23-2014, 05:03 PM
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Tinyliny it's how us Brits say lease which is a term we generally use just to borrow stallions for the breeding season.
Are your parents willing to pay for food, livery, vet bills ect too as it would add up to more then 90 a month. But good luck not many people are willing to loan at the minute as there has been a lot of bad loaning stories going around so it might take a while to find the one.

Never judge a book by their cover, also never judge a pony by their height. They tend to be big personalities in little packages.
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