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post #21 of 36 Old 07-08-2009, 12:56 AM
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im 18 years old. when i didnt have a job my mum paid for most of it but it was only stuff that i really needed like feed, vet bills, nessecary riding equipment etc. i finished school last year and im just working this year. so i pay for absolutly everything for them now. up until about a month i had 3 jobs!! i would work 2 jobs in one day. it would be from 8 in the moring to 8 and night with an hour inbetween to get ready for the next job. however, 2 of the jobs didnt like that i had other jobs so im just on call for them now. so i pretty much only have 1 job now. but i still fully pay for my horsies and its completely worth it!!

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post #22 of 36 Old 07-08-2009, 02:25 AM
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When I started riding my lessons were paid from the money I had from my father's death. I only took one lesson a week to help stretch it out. Once i moved to a show barn I became a working student so my dad's money went to college savings. Being a working student was awesome, I got to ride a lot of different horses several times a week and showed a couple times a year. Most of my riding clothes and such I got from saving my "work" money (mowing lawns in my neighborhood, dog/babysitting) and birthday/christmas money. Also won a lot of stuff at shows like saddle pads, bridles, shirts, bags etc.

I am an adult now and pay everything from work (and sometimes savings when things get tight but hey thats what savings is for!). Its funny to say that having to save for things makes them last a long time. My first pair of riding boots I had for 9 years! I just replaced them last fall. I still have breeches from almost 10 years, they are a bit worse for wear now and I'm looking into replacing them lol
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post #23 of 36 Old 07-08-2009, 07:20 AM
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I have been on my own since day one with my horses. My parents could not afford a horse so when I grew up and got a job I bought my first horse. That was 7-8 years ago. I now have two horses and I pay board, training, vet, farrier, show fees, and all other misc costs. I shop at goodwill so I can afford the horses (most non-horse people think I am crazy). I love them both as if they were my own kids (which in many ways they are) and I give up a lot to keep and show them.
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post #24 of 36 Old 07-08-2009, 01:15 PM
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My parents pay for board, vet bills, and farrier bills. My mom said they would pay for the board until I'm out of college and after that I'm on my own. I've been hoping to get a job soon. I do work at the barn with my mom turning in on saturdays and working other shifts when people can't. If I want something new though I either have to pay for it or wait until my birthday or christmas.

I'm hoping to get a job at a store down the street from my house so I can walk/ride my bike there or at the vet cleaning out cages.
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post #25 of 36 Old 07-08-2009, 01:28 PM
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I save any cash I get from odd jobs, birthdays, Christmas, etc. to pay what I can for my horse. I just finished my first year of college, and I'd like to get a "real job" for next summer. As of now, I work as an unpaid farm hand for my family to help compensate. A big part of that is helping Dad put up hay, usually over 1500 square bales a season for all the livestock. Mom and Dad pay for feed, bedding, and containment (fencing, stall construction, arena fence), I pay all of forseen vet bills, and Mom and Dad help me out for "emergencies." I also pay for farrier work and any other equipment. I do get helped out again at holidays (I got most of my hunt seat show stuff for Christmas a couple of years ago). Mom says she doesn't mind, especially considering that horses are all that I do, not something in addition to other sports and stuff. I'm really lucky, and I'm hoping to get a job next summer to help out more.

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post #26 of 36 Old 07-08-2009, 01:42 PM
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I rely mostly on my parents. I'm 16, and starting to take on the responsibility of "extras" such as schooling shows, events, lessons, and clinics. I make my money by being an exercise rider and babysitting. You would be shocked at how many people in my area need their horses ridden, whether it be for rehabbing or just because they don't have the time.

I also pay for things like supplements... basically anything other than the "normal" expenses for keeping 3 horses. I do ALL of the work myself though. My family doesn't touch the horses unless I'm out of town.

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post #27 of 36 Old 07-08-2009, 01:44 PM
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sorry to double post...

but I wanted to add that I don't board. I feed, clean stalls, do blankets, flymasks, etc. by myself. It's completely worth it not to have to pay those extra couple hundred dollars. We can save that money for shows and clinics if I'm broke!

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post #28 of 36 Old 07-20-2009, 08:37 PM
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I was VERY spoiled in my parents paid for everything till I was about 16 1/2 or 17 can't really remember. From that point on I paid for vet bills, feed, suppliments, shoes. I am still spoiled as mom just bought me a new saddle pad and tall boots BUT mom does this 'wierd' thing sometimes where she just goes shopping and wants to spend money. So I didn't really ask for the new boots and pad they showed up in my room. When I do well at shows mom & dad feel they have to buy me something or give me something which I am trying so desperatly to tell them that IT'S NOT NEEDED I am just happy if they can come and give me a drink in between classes lol. If I am tight though mom is awesome about letting me pay her back. I get a lot of my money from saving up the money my parents give me from x-mas etc and from work I put a little away from each check. I also put all my change from my pockets at the end of the day in my horse show fund and that's how I pay for my shows .

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post #29 of 36 Old 07-20-2009, 08:44 PM
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Right now, DD "earns" her horse stuff by working it of doing chores, watching her brother for me, etc. Truthfully, there is WAY more being spent than she earns, but I think it's important that she works for it, even if it doesn't equal out.
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post #30 of 36 Old 07-21-2009, 07:37 AM
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I'm very lucky as my dad pays for most of it. But I do pet sitting jobs, and feeding and cleaning stalls at the barn to get discounted board.
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