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        06-29-2010, 06:00 PM
      #11
    Foal
    IlyTango,

    I have read you post Why Do I Find a Problem with Her and this one.

    I am a Dad and a Grandpa. I do not think it unreasonable for my children to come to me with any questions. Usually I ask questions back and let my children find the answers on their own.

    • If you could have control of Tango no matter what her energy level was, would you be happy with her?
    • If the answer is to the above is yes are you willing to put in the time and work to get her there?
    • If the answer to 1and 2 is no with Tango why would an additional horse with itís problems change the situation?
    • If you had to save the money for the additional horse would it be worth it or would you be more willing to work with Tango?
    • If Tango was your perfect trail horse would you be happy to ride all over alone or is the additional horse needed to provide you with a riding companion?

    I worked a year getting a horse like yours under control but now he is an absolute pleasure to ride.

    Look at your opportunities:

    • A place where you can live and have horses.
    • A trail horse with lots of go.
    • Your sisterís two year old to train.
    • A Dad that can maybe show you how to harness and drive.
    • An area where you can ride for miles.

    I have some things you can try on Tango if you are interested, let me know.

    Grandpa Knickerbocker
         
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        06-29-2010, 06:37 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I wish I could go trail riding! Even if it for 10 minutes! I have two horses but my parents would NEVER let me go for a trail ride! And isn't it always better to ask and find the answer rather than always wondering what if? The worst thing that your dad would say was "no" And working with your sisters horse would be a fun expirience if your are careful and confidant working with her. But Im soo jealous you get to trail ride!! You don't know how lucky you are! But don't feel like a spoiled brat! All your doing is asking, And if they do say yes express lots of joy! Lol
         
        06-29-2010, 06:51 PM
      #13
    Showing
    You want to come spend some time in TX? I spend nearly all day on horses and there is unlimited space here to ride (miles and miles of rural roads and pastures that I have access to). Plus I need someone to go with me in case one of my greenies bucks me off in the middle of nowhere LOL.

    I don't think it would be unreasonable at all. Just tell them the truth about exactly why you want one, that you would like a more level horse that someone else could ride and go with you, or that you could pony off Tango to help keep her calm, or that you could ride when you need some true down time to just relax on the back of a horse and not have to work to keep control of. Make sure that you are mature about the conversation and not be too disappointed if they say no. However, it would be okay to be overjoyed if they said yes. Also, if you do get one and it is approximately the same size and body type as Tango, you wouldn't have to get new tack. I ride all my horses in the same saddle and bridle with no problems whatsoever. Although if you had someone ride with you, you would need another set .
         
        06-29-2010, 07:26 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I read all the posts but I'm still not 100% clear. Are you wanting another horse for yourself, or a companion to go riding with? If it's the former, as others have said no harm in asking. If it's the latter, why not find someone to board at your place and ride with?
         
        06-29-2010, 08:47 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Thank you all for the replies!

    knickerb: I'd love to hear what suggestions you have for working with Tango! I have all summer off, I'm not working very much, and I am willing to put in as much time as needed with her.
    Ray Macdonald: It's true I could work with my sister's horse, but 1) she's only 2, and shouldn't really be doing hard-core trail riding yet and 2) I'm not experienced enough to break a horse or even try to
    smrobs: I would LOVE to come spend some time in Texas! Unfortunately, it's kinda far away...lol. I just wish there was someone who works like you do-spend all day in the saddle, riding long-distance and working those horses HARD. Everyone here just has horses as a hobby. There aren't any ranches or big farms, and everyone is a little leery when I say I want to be riding all day. Lazy buggers! XD
    Indyhorse: I mostly just want a companion to go riding with, but I admit it would be nice, as smrobs said, to have an old quiet horse to just be able to relax on every once in a while. If I could find someone, say from the barn I take lessons from, to board here, I will definitely consider it. It would probably just be a lot of trouble.

    I'm going to keep looking around, and for now just take her out alone. It's good for her to go out alone anyways, I'd just feel more secure if we had a buddy.
         
        06-29-2010, 09:12 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Gah! My parents can't take a hint! I just went and talked to them and told them I was a little apprehensive about getting too far away from home, how I really want someone to go with me etc etc...and the conversation just kinda trailed off with no solution. Maybe I will just have to bite the bullet and outright ask them...I'm so nervous, though everyone has just said it wouldn't be unreasonable at all for me to at least ask them about it.
         
        06-29-2010, 09:39 PM
      #17
    Trained
    I don't think it would be unreasonable. Just make sure they understand that this horse isn't going to just be a hay burner....It'll actually be used and ridden. Maybe bring up the point of selling one of the disused horses to make room?
         
        06-29-2010, 09:43 PM
      #18
    Showing
    I understand that you are nervous but the worst they can do is say no.
         
        06-29-2010, 09:48 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Ok...I actually did it, and dad just said maybe in that gruff kind of way that he does when he's actually thinking about it. I'll give him a few days to mull it over, I suppose, so he can actually decide and so I'm not pestering him every day about it. No one except me in my family rides, and both parents are really proud of that and like to see me riding, so there is some hope. Fingers crossed, everyone! =)
         
        06-29-2010, 10:00 PM
      #20
    Showing
    XXXXXXX all crossable body parts crossed.
         

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