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post #11 of 12 Old 04-07-2013, 10:35 PM
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On top of the money thing, is it really fair to spread yourself so thin over that many horses? I'm an excellent example of that. I kept a reining/western performance horse, a speed event/barrel horse, an in-hand show colt, and part leased a nice warmblood while I was trying to also learn english. I wasn't working at the time, but I was still exhausted. I spent hours upon hours with them, trying to get a ride in long enough to deal with problems, and let me tell you things get a LOT easier if you can find a way to combine them. I didn't comprehend that one horse could do lots of different things.

Now, I made my reining horse into a barrel horse and a horse I can show in-hand and on the drill team, as well as carry the flags at the rodeo and pen/sort on. I gave up my lease on the warmblood when I decided english wasn't for me,, and now with only one real horse to focus on it's been SO nice.

Sure I have to take precautions, like making the bridle and tack significantly different for both reining and barrel racing, but that wasn't a big deal. It cut down our costs significantly, I can afford now to taking my uni classes through the HS and can make it to the barn to ride a lot more often, as well as afford more lessons and more trips to more shows. I can afford to get her ridden if I'm going to be out of town by my trainer. I can afford other luxuries such as new boots when I need them, new tires, got my windshield replaced on the truck, painted my 2H trailer, etc. Even being able to afford little things like a quart of oil or an extra lunch at subway makes a huge difference to me.

Plus, here's something to think about too: can you afford vet bills? Can you afford to put one of them down if they get into an accident? Can you afford the bullet and a gun to do it yourself if it is that severe? There is no worse feeling than watching the animal you love more than yourself in excruciating pain and you being helpless to do anything about it.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-11-2013, 11:48 PM
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Full disclosure: I am not a kid. I am an adult with a family and my daughter is probably older than the OP.

I have to side with your parents on this one. I understand what you are saying but, as expected, you are trying to justify your own position. In my opinion, the justification isn't working.

You are working TWO jobs and still have the time to ride and properly care for four horses? Let me tell you something I have learned. SLOW DOWN. Like Billy Joel sang in "Vienna": "You better cool it off before you burn it out."

You should be enjoying your youth. Life gets incredibly more difficult as you get older. You won't get these days back.

I make a good living. Work is insane and I probably put in a 60 hour week on average. Most every one I know who has a "9-5" job in corporate America is pulling a 60 hour week these days.

We all have bills to pay and it never seems like we save enough. I looked at bank CD rates today - .25% for a 2-yr. With those returns on money, you need to save even more for that "rainy day" or retirement just to keep your head above water.

Between the time and money commitment, my wife and I can barely handle two horses.

In this economy, you should be saving as much money as you possibly can, and investing it wisely. You will be VERY happy you did when, in 20 years, you need a little extra to cover that mortgage payment or credit card bill. Even if you are lucky, you will glad that you have enough saved to fund your horse habit well into your retirement years.

Plus, when you are running around driving kids to soccer practice and doctor appointments, finishing that "rush" project for work and wondering why you have no time to yourself, you can look back on "these" days and remember how much fun you had, rather than looking back and thinking "I have been working two jobs my whole life. When do I get a rest."

Finally, these are the years when you learn to prioritize and develop good work habits. Working two jobs to support a hobby (no matter how much time you think you have left to devote to that hobby) is NOT a good work habit model for the future.

Believe it or not, sometimes parents are actually right! Try to remember that they were once young and have some experience that might help you from making mistakes.
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