Really? Come on, now. *rant*
Sometimes I just can't stand to live with non-horse parents.
Let me explain.
Rainy has been limping off and on for coming on 2 weeks now. She has been treated with bute and stall rest, and we thought she had just pulled a muscle in her shoulder. She was on stall rest w/bute for 5 days & nights, seemed to be getting better. We turned her out for one night with the herd and were back to square one. So we decided tonight that we will call the vet and get his opinion, but long story short, with how everything is going, we're probably going to have to haul her to get x-rays.
So I come home tonight to tell my parents (I had warned them before this that we were probably going to get some vet bills out of it) that we were definitely thinking about x-rays. Now, we're not the richest people, but we're middle-class. We pay our bills and have a little left over. Which, lately, my mother has been spending on clothes and shoes she doesn't need. Not to mention her all-natural, organic food, exercise clothes, and weights. Anyway, so I tell my dad and immediately he starts talking about how money is SO tight, and how we can't do that right now. I understand the economy sucks and it's tough, but this is part of having a horse. He knew that when they bought Rainy.
UGH. He's being stupid-I know we can't spend a ton of money, but my mom goes shopping just because she feels like it. And my mom will be worse than my dad, whining about it and then telling me I'm spoiled because I want to help my hurt animal.
Alright, I'm done. I probably come off as a spoiled brat anyway, but quite honestly, I'm so fed up that I don't care.
How old are you? Ultimately she's your horse, and if you're old enough, try and find small odd jobs to at least contribute to her bills. Maybe that will show your parents how serious you are.
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Just so you know, it's your parents money, your mom can spend it if she wants. That being said though, they should not allow you to have a horse if they aren't going to take care of it.
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I'm 15, and I do have a job- well, sort of. It's at an ice cream parlor, so it just closed for winter. I've been looking for other places to apply at, but most of the places that are hiring require you to be at least 16, and at some, 18. :/
I do have about $300 in savings, and I'll probably be putting at least half towards the vet bills.
Well good. If you need to put all of it to the vet bills. Put up flyers for babysitting or house sitting, things like that...whatever you need to to get some extra extra money.
Like someone said, they make the money so they can spend it however they like. But they should be aware of the costs and be willing to take proper care of the horse when you don't have the money.
I know it's their money. But I'd rather they not lecture me about how we have no money and then go shopping the next day. You know?
Luckily, I've got a babysitting job coming my way. Hopefully for a decent amount of money. Also got another babysitting job the 30th- I know it's a ways off, but the pay is more than most get and it'll be for a couple hours, so we'll see. I also need to cash my last paycheck...
lots of things to do, but yes, I'm doing what I can to help with the bills.
I know where you're coming from. My parents are the same way- spending money they don't have on crap they don't even need. Drives me up a wall. I understand that it's their money, but they can be very irresponsible with it (especially my mother, who is a compulsive shopper) and it just makes me so angry. I'm the exact opposite, so it's all the more frustrating.
Anyway, sorry for the mini rant. Just help out with the bills as much as you can to take some of the load off your folks. Horses are a huge financial burden, and I can also understand why your parents are upset.
I'm very much of an opinion that if someone buys an animals their needs must become before all your "wants" because that is a responsibility of owning an animal. While it is your horse, it sounds as if your parents purchased it, and you are only 15, so I think they should be financially responsible for it.
I have this thing with words people choose to use. People probably call me pedantic or weird but I prefer people being very clear about what they say, so what your parents said to you would annoy me too. I would much prefer them to say "I choose not to spend money on the horse" rather than "I don't have the money", if I were in your situation. It annoys me greatly when people "deceive" through the words that they choose. Anyway - not good about your horse but not much you can do.
I hope everything works out though.
Did your parents buy the horse for you? If so point out that if the horse doesn't get better it will be a total loss of the investment. Also if you are willing to work, promise to pay the money back. When my kid was younger I was always glad when she hung out with her horse. At least I knew she wasn't hanging out with the wrong crowd.
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