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post #1 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Convince parents!!!

What are some ways that I could convince my parents to let me own my horse?
Everytime I talk about a horse that I found online they always give me the same speech over and over again making me feel that I would never own a horse EVER. Lots of times they say it's very expensive and they need alot of maintenance. I know quite alot about horses and I have researched what it takes to own one for about a year.

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 05:35 PM
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If you're really serious then put all your research onto a document and show your parents, show you are willing to help support it by getting a part time job, maybe lease one first so you get a taste of what it would be like.
Be prepared for them to still say no. I did this and I did get a yes but I decided not to do it because I realised in a year or so I would be off to uni and I didn't want to end up selling it because I couldn't afford myself and it. You need to show maturity because that will impress your parents far more than just asking them over and over again for a horse. Even think about what sort of horse you would get. For example I let my mum know that if I did get one I would go for a cob or a native breed because they're good doers as opposed to an arab or TB.

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 05:42 PM
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Well, one thing you could do would be to lease a horse. That means that you pay a monthly price to sort of own a horse. This way you get a feel for horse ownership, but you can give the horse back if you don't like the horse, or the ownership.
But remember, horse ownership isn't just about knowledge, it is about experience as well. Have you taken any lessons? If not, I suggest you do, for at least 6 months.
Your parents are right, horses are expensive, and they are high maintenance. If you board, you need to see them at least 3 times a week, and if you are keeping them at home, you need to clean there stalls everyday, feed them, water them, and care for any wounds yourself. Not everyone is cut out for horse ownership. It is a lot of money, time, and money.
Good luck trying to convince your parents though! I was 12 when I got my mare, and she is my best friend now!

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 05:46 PM
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Even with an easy keeper, they ARE still expensive. And time consuming. If your parents can't afford it, you can't change their minds. Unless you get a job and either help pay or fully pay. Or if you find a boarding barn that will let you work off your board...
If you can do any of those things, then get the info you need together, and sit down and talk about your options. If they agree, find a job first. Then shop for a horse... or see if there is a place that will let you work off board.
Good luck!
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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I have shareboarded a horse for a couple of months before the horse had to get surgury on his fetlocks

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Lessons for 2 years, I'm 13

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post #7 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 07:21 PM
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It IS expencive, and time-consuming. You shell out thousands a year, spend hours every day in the barn, and all the work leaves little time to ride. IMO, it's not right to force your parents into that. Horses are a commitment. Take lessons and be happy with that because most kids don't get even that! If you're serious about persueing horses, get a job and pay it off.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-04-2010, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to ask my instructor if I can shareboard the same horse again. Thanks for the advice people!

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