Working for a Horse
Many of you know my financial situation with my mother leaving my family. I've been trying to get a part-time job, with little success, however I contacted several local barns for work. One just commented back saying that my references spoke very highly of me!
My plan (hopefully) is to get experience working and taking care, making friends, and hopefully she'll give me some sort of boarding/lesson discount. If I get friends hopefully one of the people at the barn will be able to help me, I can maybe advertise work for the boarders to pay me a small bit, or I can get some money exercising horses in lunging or w/t/c once I get some loyalty going on.
That's the plan, anyways.
For now I'm going an application a day!
I'm hoping to save up enough money for my maximum budget for the horse itself, an emergency fund, and to have a vet kit put together before I actually make a purchase. It'll take a while, but I'm hoping to get the money /now/ since it's summer and I can do longer hours than in the school year.
Sounds like a plan. Anything worth having is worth working for.
In all honestly, I would save it and take lessons but put the rest toward college. I know it sounds like the "parent" thing to say. I wish I listened to everyone who told me how hard it would be. I'm 19, and in college, and have NO, none, zip, notta, money saved for myself. It all goes toward my one horse. Not to mention when I go to college during the winter I can only see him every weekend or every other weekend, depending on the weather.
Your going to need a car, gas for the car, money for food, money for things you want to do, you always need money. I've lost 20 pounds from not eating. I literally put it all towards my horse and I have none for myself. It's pathetic but I only eat when I go to my fiances house.
Not to mention I work SEVEN, days a week at a 20+ horse barn. I'm the only one that works there. I used to get paid but then i brought my horse there and now I only get paid at the end of the month.
:-( White Foot unfortunately makes a very good point. . .
I won't discourage you from buying a horse, especially if you are willing to do the work it requires to purchase/maintain one. But, you may consider a lease situation as well. . . Good luck, either way!:D
I completely agree. If you're willing to do the hard work then by all means it's your decision. Which is more than I can say for alot of kids your age. But just make sure your dad is going to help you out. I have to admit that my dad still helps me out and I feel horrible when he does.
This another not what you want to hear post!!
Im lucky in the fact that my horses are home and my parents support them. However horses are expensive and without parental support i do not reccomend going into it without a steady income.
im gonna show you how much it costs me in euros for one week in college between me and my horse its scary i wont lie!
-Ok farrier 75euro for 4shoes every 8 weeks
-Vet call out fee for update shots 65 euro
-1bag of feed 9euro lasts two weeks
-1 wormer 14euro
-hay for one week 25 euro
-stand by money in case of emergency 25 euro
-car petrol 20 euro
-car insurance 1034 euro(yearly)
-car tax 200 euro
-food 25euro a week
-night out with friends 25euro
-standyby money for emergency 25euro
-money for necessaries eg hair cuts,shampoo etc 25 euro
And i have the help if my parents!! On top of all that your going to need rugs and tack etc. Without your parents willing to bail you out i wouldnt go into it on my own as your going to be watching every cent you soend and not enjoy college life our your horses you will just resent everything!
Also do you need board or lessons?
Plus horses take alot of time they need to be checked and fed twicer a day if there not in board. If its winter there water might freeze over and need to be replaced very few hourse. If they are in a stable they will nedd tto get out every day and be mucked out. If yiu go away its like having a child you need to arrange someone reliable to wathc your horses and trust them to keep an eye on them.
I am not trying to scare you off a horse but its alot of responsibility and i wish someone had told me having a horse in college is stressful even when your studying and doing exams your horse needs you so tough
Thanks for the support. I am willing to work for it. I've spent the last six months ONLY about my mother trying to keep her to stay--and now I'm hoping to achieve my dream.
I'm gonna get a steady income. The barn job is only to get experience. However, I'm doing a few applications a day and I'm hopeful.
I /am/ saving up, =], as for college I should be covered through financial help from the government, to tell you the truth, though I am looking into scholarships because it's really /not/ fair that my mom's affair should decide my future.
Scholarships and pell grants will only cover so much though. If you plan to go to one of the bigger universities, then you are looking at astronomical tuition that will only be taken care of in part by financial aid. If you are hoping to get a full ride to a big university, then you will have to be superb at either a sport or be nearly a prodigy in a given field and you would spend all your time practicing or studying and would have no time for a horse anyway. I am not trying to shoot down your dreams at all, I think it's great that you are willing to work hard for what you want, but I have been in the situation where I was going to college, having to work full time, just scrimping by eating Ramen noodles that I could buy for 14 cents a package and sneaking food at the restaurant where I worked. Between school and work, I was lucky to have time to see my horses once a month. And this was just going to a junior college where every bit of my tuition and book purchases were covered by the scholarships that I was lucky enough to get. I still had car payment, phone, rent, gas, electric, internet, etc. It was incredibly hard and I actually had a breakdown one night at work just from being exhausted and burned out. I don't regret it now but I honestly have no idea how I survived it, school from 8 to 2:30, work from 3 to 11, homework from 11:30 to 3, working doubles on weekends from 9am to midnight.
Once again, I am not trying to plant doubts in your mind, just kinda giving you an idea of what can happen so that you can prepare.
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