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post #11 of 47 Old 01-24-2010, 02:50 AM
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Unless for some medical reason, you do not need a horse, you want a horse. There is a big difference between want and need.

My opinion-based-on-experience is that you need two things.

A) a job. If you don't land this one, you are going to have to up the babysitting, start mowing lawns, planting gardens for people(this is grand fun and it is almost that time. make fliers now, and start drawing garden designs), etc until you can get a steady first job at a business.

B) Parental support. Who is going to drive you to see your horse or take you to lessons? Who is going to hold you while you are crying because your horse is sick? Who is going to take pictures/video you when you want to mark your achievements(though admittedly, parents hardly ever get the pictures you want or what you see in your mind LOL). Who is the BEST bank through which to get an emergency loan from(no interest, no set payback date. Afterall, they know where you sleep)? Who is going to drive you to the tack store/feed store to get all of your little misc supplies from boots to horsey treats to supplements or special feed? Who is going to give you the best advice or give you the best free therapy you could ask for? Parents are great resources, with their information, experience, vehicles, and love for you. Use them well, heed them, and go to them for anything. That is what they are there for.

You are 13. You cannot do it all yourself. I am quite a bit older than you and cannot do it all myself. You have a good start, and a good idea. You'll get your horse eventually. It may be three years from now, it may be next month.

I will say though, if you end up paying for it all by yourself, that will likely be the first major purchase of your life, that you earned every bit for. That is an amazing thing to accomplish. When you do get there(and you will), you should be very proud.
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post #12 of 47 Old 01-24-2010, 11:22 AM
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Well No its not for the price of the horse, i have to pay for a year of boarding. and the boarding is rly cheap cuz its at my friends house
Good for you. Very smart and responsible.

Having said that, re-read what you wrote. How are you going to support owning your horse? It is very expensive to keep a horse, even if it is at your friend's house. You should be more concerned about how you will CONTINUE to make money after you do have that horse, more so than being concerned about finding the money to buy him/her. Also do you have a way to get around? do you drive? would you parents be willing to take you back and forth from your friend's house?

You should look up your local newspaper. There should be some jobs in there for you to look at. Most businesses are always looking at cashiers or clerks for their offices. You should give those a go.

Goo luck!
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post #13 of 47 Old 01-24-2010, 11:58 AM
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Just a little reminder....the FEDERAL standards for working are, unless you are on a family farm or something like that, you can't hard labor/work until you are 14. Most places that I know of hire limited 15 year olds...the standard age is 16, because by then you should have your drivers license and access to a car, which counts as reliable transportation.

I would do what a friend of mine did (shes older now, but still lives at home)...her parents pay her 80 bucks a week to do chores around the house....she's basically their house keeper and gardener. See if your parents would be willing to pay you ten bucks a room or something the keep the house in order and then make sure you stick to it!

But I do know how you feel...I begged, borrowed and stole stuff to get my horse, in addition to saving up a portion of each of my paychecks.
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post #14 of 47 Old 01-24-2010, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Oh well first off like its not just a year of boarding its like a year of everything. Boarding, Vet, Farrier, Feed ex. And also yea im postive Ill get payed 100 an hour because that how much my friend got payed at that place when she was 5

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Just a little reminder....the FEDERAL standards for working are, unless you are on a family farm or something like that, you can't hard labor/work until you are 14. Most places that I know of hire limited 15 year olds...the standard age is 16, because by then you should have your drivers license and access to a car, which counts as reliable transportation.

I would do what a friend of mine did (shes older now, but still lives at home)...her parents pay her 80 bucks a week to do chores around the house....she's basically their house keeper and gardener. See if your parents would be willing to pay you ten bucks a room or something the keep the house in order and then make sure you stick to it!

But I do know how you feel...I begged, borrowed and stole stuff to get my horse, in addition to saving up a portion of each of my paychecks.

oh thanks! my parents would probly do that but probly on 5 bux a room. but hey! every dollar counts!

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post #16 of 47 Old 01-24-2010, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Just a little reminder....the FEDERAL standards for working are, unless you are on a family farm or something like that, you can't hard labor/work until you are 14. Most places that I know of hire limited 15 year olds...the standard age is 16, because by then you should have your drivers license and access to a car, which counts as reliable transportation.

I would do what a friend of mine did (shes older now, but still lives at home)...her parents pay her 80 bucks a week to do chores around the house....she's basically their house keeper and gardener. See if your parents would be willing to pay you ten bucks a room or something the keep the house in order and then make sure you stick to it!

But I do know how you feel...I begged, borrowed and stole stuff to get my horse, in addition to saving up a portion of each of my paychecks.
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Good for you. Very smart and responsible.

Having said that, re-read what you wrote. How are you going to support owning your horse? It is very expensive to keep a horse, even if it is at your friend's house. You should be more concerned about how you will CONTINUE to make money after you do have that horse, more so than being concerned about finding the money to buy him/her. Also do you have a way to get around? do you drive? would you parents be willing to take you back and forth from your friend's house?

You should look up your local newspaper. There should be some jobs in there for you to look at. Most businesses are always looking at cashiers or clerks for their offices. You should give those a go.

Goo luck!

Thanks for asking (: Um well if i get the modeling job it will be no problem, if not well my parents said i just needed to get one year of boarding, feed, farrier, vet, ex. so they could help out after the first year, you know its kinda just like showing my responsibility. I rode at a stable for 5 years, but it closed down and my mom said " i was too busy to join another stable" lol i wasnt it was just her time. But during school i would ride the bus home with my friend and in the summer my mom would bring me, its only like 10 minutes away

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post #17 of 47 Old 01-24-2010, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Unless for some medical reason, you do not need a horse, you want a horse. There is a big difference between want and need.

My opinion-based-on-experience is that you need two things.

A) a job. If you don't land this one, you are going to have to up the babysitting, start mowing lawns, planting gardens for people(this is grand fun and it is almost that time. make fliers now, and start drawing garden designs), etc until you can get a steady first job at a business.

B) Parental support. Who is going to drive you to see your horse or take you to lessons? Who is going to hold you while you are crying because your horse is sick? Who is going to take pictures/video you when you want to mark your achievements(though admittedly, parents hardly ever get the pictures you want or what you see in your mind LOL). Who is the BEST bank through which to get an emergency loan from(no interest, no set payback date. Afterall, they know where you sleep)? Who is going to drive you to the tack store/feed store to get all of your little misc supplies from boots to horsey treats to supplements or special feed? Who is going to give you the best advice or give you the best free therapy you could ask for? Parents are great resources, with their information, experience, vehicles, and love for you. Use them well, heed them, and go to them for anything. That is what they are there for.

You are 13. You cannot do it all yourself. I am quite a bit older than you and cannot do it all myself. You have a good start, and a good idea. You'll get your horse eventually. It may be three years from now, it may be next month.

I will say though, if you end up paying for it all by yourself, that will likely be the first major purchase of your life, that you earned every bit for. That is an amazing thing to accomplish. When you do get there(and you will), you should be very proud.

No.. i need a horse. i dont want one. i need. one. and i dont have any medical issue. i just need a horse. it was my first word and ive wanted one since then. And i get depressed not having a horse. im getting a horse

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post #18 of 47 Old 01-24-2010, 06:26 PM
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Okay, clearing some things up here. She's going to be boarding at my house, and the board is really cheap. Her mom said she has to pay for a year of taking care of him, and her mom will pay for years to come. I totalled up board, feed, bedding, supplies, farrier, wormers, vaccines, etc and it came out to about $4000.
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Hmmm no, a horse is a want. Not having a horse is not going to affect your health and your success in the future.
Believe it or not, your not the first or only young girl who thinks that they 'need' a horse. There are hundreds, probably thousands of 13 year old girls who would give their right arm for a pony.

I am also in a similar situation to you, but I am fully aware of just how difficult and expensive it is to maintain a horse. I've had horses since I was 10, however those have all been horses I've taken off the track, or green inexperienced horses that I've taken from nothing to something. I am now looking for a horse that can take ME from nothing to somethin. I work 3 jobs, often working 7 days a week, with 7am starts and sometimes 10pm finishes.I am studying at Uni, about to move out of home and have to pay for my lifestyle as well as saving up or a decent horse.
It IS hard. And $4000 a year...well, I hope you find a giveaway horse or something under $500 because $4000 will not stretch very far. Particuarly when you are starting from scratch with horses, you need to buy a saddle, rug, saddle cloth, bridle, halter, brushes etc. which will cost you at least $1000. Then feeding, well you are looking at around $30 a week if your horse is a good doer. Farrier, if your horse needs shoes you're looking at around $100 every 6-8 weeks. Worming is about $20 every 6-8 weeks. Vaccinations, depending on where you live, it can be upwards of $50 every 6 months, or a year, again depending on your location as to what diseases/infections are present.
Vet, you cannot pre-empt when you will need a vet and what for. A call out fee alone can knock you back a days pay, and then you will have the consultation fee, the costs of any treatment and medication/drugs administered etc. Generally, a cheap vet visit will cost you $200. I have had to spend over $2000 on a vet bill when I had a horse tear her back leg down to the bone.
Then of course, what happens if your horse falls and breaks it's leg or gets colic? You lose everything. I spend $5000 on a horse a couple of years ago, a beautifull 4 year old wb mare, within 8 months she had fallen in the paddock and broken her leg. I had to pay $200 to have the vet come out and shoot her.
And what if the horse ends up being too much for you? Horses change according to who is handling them. They may be quiet as a lamb with one owner, and an absolute terror with the next. You don't know until a month or so into the purchase when the horse starts to try and pull the wool over your eyes and test you. A horse would be a saint if they did not go through this stage. If you don't get on top of the behaviour immediately, it can escalate and all too often I have seen kids being totally put off riding and horses because of one bad experience.

Yeah, I'm depressed not having a horse either at the moment. I have always been a refular competitor in dressage, have worked for a lot of horse people, even been paid to ride. I haven't ridden in 9 months, and havent had a horse for a year. I came third in the state for novice dressage last year, and now I have nothing. So yes, i DO know what it's like, particuarly because I've had a good taste of having horses, dealing with them and I am so involved with them and have been for quite a lont time.
I have decided to lease a friends horse for a while, it's something to ride, something to play with and something to keep me occupied. No she's not a dressage horse that is going to take me to where I want to go, she's a 3 year old percheron that is built like a tank and has dont next to nothing. But it's something. I'm actually intending to buy a weanling or yearling, up and going horses are way out of my budget for the type of horse that I am after, for me, a youngster is a far more viable option. However you do not have the experience to do the same.
I think you should look out for leases. That way you don't need to pay outright for the horse, and you can look after it as if it's your own, and if you don't get along with it, you can always send it back.
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You do not NEED a horse at all. Please find a dictionary because saying you need a horse is like a spoilt child saying he/she needs chocolate or that toy truck.

You will survive if you don't have horse.

I think a bit more planning needs to go into this exercise before you jump in a buy a horse. I second the suggestion that maybe you should lease one just to get your feet wet and as a learning curve.

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