I know I could afford keeping the horse (Trust me, I have that all figured out.) I could dish out about 2k right now to pay for the horse. The problem is my parents. They HATE
my love for horses with as much passion as I have for riding. he only reason they let me ride and do stuff with FFA is because I wouldn't leave the house otherwise. They are not horse people, and the only things they DO know about horses they learned not by choice, but because they listened to me talk about them and some random fact stuck with them. The other day when I was talking about getting a horse (in my lifetime, not right now), my mother abruptly jumped in and told me I would have NO idea where to begin when it comes to horse care. And this comes from a person who can barely tell the difference between western and english riding attire (she tried to buy me a hunter coat and breeches when I told her I needed some show clothes. I only ride western.), not to mention she doesn't even know what a halter is. I have been riding and working with horses for 5 years, and this year I started doing groundwork with two year olds. I feel I know enough to properly care for a horse and even if I had a question, I have at least 4 respectable horsemen/women I could ask. I also have the helpful people of the HF to ask if the need be.
They just don't want me around horses period. That is why they REFUSE to even consider the idea of me owning a horse. If it wasn't for their firm opposed stance, I probably would have had a horse at the start of this summer. Yes, I know they are my parents and they "know" what is best for me, but they have yet to give me a viable reason for their opposition. The best they can come up with is I will drop out of college if I get my own horse. That doesn't even make sense, but that is the best they can do.