Originally Posted by AtokaGhosthorse View Post
While we wait.
Two years. Tis a bit grandiose to say that's a long time.
I know people who have ridden their entire lives who would never consider even their time in the saddle 'a long time'. Most are humble enough to admit they are still learning. At 2 years, you, OP... and I (though I know it) know just enough to get into real trouble.
Could be waiting a while, we may again crushed a youngsters dream with the cold light of reality...
I see on another thread that at least 18 months of the two years were once a week lessons...
If you are a youngster reading this, because you’re in the same situation, we really, really do sympathize. When I was young I would have done anything for a horse of my own, I guess there are more adults here who wished a prayed for a horse every day, than were lucky enough to own one....if you are a city kid, even more so.
Thing is while we do understand, we also understand that riding for two years does not make you a trainer, if you’re only able to ride once a week, then it barely makes you out of the beginners class. No shame in being a beginner, we all were, but horses and horse people will catch you on pretending to be what you are not.
Biggest thing, be honest, be honest about your experience, your ability. The. Be honest about the cost of a horse, the keep of it, not the “hope it will only cost this” but reality checks...I bought a horse in September, was not actually thinking that she would need more blankets, but she did....and front shoes, and chiropractor, and she has had two minor injuries that needed the vet.....these things happen.
So talking to parents, you need to be honest, and if it can’t work, start saving now, so you can buy in the future.