I need help. Please read and respond!
So here's your average teenage girl begging her parents for a horse, right?
It may be to you, but it's so different to me.
Here's a little background information:
I've been riding for eight years now. There hasn't been a week where I've gone without horses. They are my passion, my love, and the core to my heart. I'm at the barn 4-5 days a week, for four hours on weekdays, and six hours on weekends. I go to the barn to help around with the horses, and work my trainer's horses. I get a small discount on my lessons, but now because of the economy I can only get a lesson once every two weeks. It is well time I start leasing or half leasing a horse, because I need to experience more than just lessons and training rides. I feel like it is in my own hand's to help myself achieve the goals I want to achieve.
I'm having serious troubles with my parents and explaining to them the importance of having a half or full lease on a horse BEFORE show season. They seem to think that I can just hop on a horse at the start of show season with a lease, and go out and win! I've explained a million times to them that there needs to be prep. before shows so that I can have a good showing experience with the horse I'm looking at.
My trainer completely understands this, and she had an amazing hunter horse up for lease in the winter, and my parents turned it down because they thought he'd still be up for lease when show season came. Because of this, he is now being leased by another girl at my barn, and all my parents can say is "sorry".
Now there is a new horse up for lease and he's a horse my instructor trained personally herself a few years back and has grown with lots of potential for being a hunter, with occasional dressage. I have a really good feeling about this horse, and I've talked to my mom about him but she just doesn't understand. She thinks I should wait to lease a horse in May, Because "I'll have enough time to bond with the horse." before show season.
We've been having money problems lately, but I see them spending money here and there on my brother's baseball things, which he's told me many times he doesn't like.
I just want to help them understand how important this is to me. Horses are everything for me. Without them, I'm not myself.
Please, if anyone has any advice on how to help them understand, that would be great.
Thanks for your time,
Last edited by RunLassieRun; 02-15-2010 at 03:27 PM.