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angelghost 10-02-2012 05:36 PM

Be honest do you...
Just wondering in all honesty how do you pay for your horse? Where does your income come from?

Speed Racer 10-02-2012 05:42 PM

I'm an adult, and work a full time job in order to pay for everything.

I don't expect my parents, other taxpayers, or the government to pay for my luxury items. If I had to depend on state aid, I'd sell my horses.

angelghost 10-02-2012 05:45 PM

This poll is not to try and cause arguments just to see how people from diffrent age groups/back grounds/countrys support there love of horses..

Eolith 10-02-2012 05:46 PM

In my case, the horses strictly belong to my mom. I'm just working as something of a free trainer/exercise rider because I truly enjoy working with horses so it's mutually beneficial. I have gentled a mustang for her and taught him everything from leading to saddling and picking up his feet etc. Soon he'll be learning to pony from another horse and ultimately I'll be starting him under saddle. Once he's got all of the basics done, my mom will take him in her own direction.

egrogan 10-02-2012 05:46 PM

Honestly? I slogged my way through 7 years of graduate school, as did my husband, so we could both get PhDs and enter our fields of choice. Throughout my PhD, I worked part time at a research firm to get my foot in the door, and when I finished grad school, I earned my dream job with that firm. I waited until I was in my 30s and very financially secure to buy my first horse. My husband and I have also decided not to have children because there are other things that we have prioritized in our lives, and we want the flexibility to pursue our passions. For me, that meant finally being able to buy a (cheap, old) horse this summer. For him, it means setting up a woodshop so he can dabble with that on the weekends when he's not teaching (he's a professor).

Growing up, I was about as middle class as one can be- career military dad and nurse mom. I begged and pleaded with every bone in my body for a horse, but I was lucky to get riding lessons for a couple of years because there was no way they were taking on a long-term financial obligation that the couldn't afford by paying cash. I grew up with what, IMO, is a healthy aversion to unnecessary debt, and am grateful to my parents for it.

OP, I've read your other post, and want to be clear that I spent all of my own teaching career working in difficult urban schools, and am very familiar with what a lifeline public assistance can be to families who are struggling. I will go so far as to say I consider myself very politically liberal. But even I can't fathom justifying using public assistance to support a horse, which to me is very much a luxury.

kait18 10-02-2012 05:46 PM

im a young adult just out of college. i have many debts and can still work full time and have a part time job and make time to care for 4 horses.

the only help i get is from my family taking a chore one or two days a week so i can have one or two days to get some extra sleep.

if i had to rely on anyone else my babies would be going sadly. i am not the type to take handouts from anyone even family

PurpleMonkeyWrench 10-02-2012 05:47 PM

I do not own my own horse because I am not in a position in my life to where I could be able to take full care of one if something were to happen. I seriously hope no one receiving state benefits (that has not earned them) is owning a horse. I'll stop before I start ranting lol

Britt 10-02-2012 05:49 PM

I work part time right now (due to college), but i'm on as a full time worker... I pay for everything for my horses myself now, since I have a job, but still, if it were a major emergency, I could depend on my family to pitch in and help me pay for something.

MysterySparrow 10-02-2012 05:57 PM

I work full time to have my horses. I drive extra distance to work so that I can live in an area where I can afford to lease a home with pasture and a small barn. I forgo things like going out to dinner and going to the movies to make sure that I have enough to buy them what they need. If I ever was in a position that I had to sacrifice their care, I would find them new homes.

Prinella 10-02-2012 06:06 PM

I'm a full time uni student and I work 4 nights a week. I have just gotten a loan for a float which provides me with a credit history. My parents are there in a pinch but anything they give me is a loan.
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