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post #31 of 33 Old 10-20-2010, 03:29 AM
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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.
Oh dang hun. Your parents sound like my mother and stepfather. My real dad lives all the way across the country/ocean in Hawaii (I'm in KY) and although he doesn't ever plan on owning/riding/caring for horses, he tries his best to listen to all my horse rants and keep up with my horse competitions and all the new horses I buy, etc., even from a distance. My mother, on the other hand, has seen me ride a handful of times and has absolutely ZERO support for my passion. She doesn't even know of any horses I own right now. She brags to people about me and tells them I'm really good, but she doesn't have any idea how I ride and she doesn't care. When I was 15 the stable I rode at was shutting down, and the horse I showed/leased was being sold. He was a valuable saddlebred gelding, and well-trained to boot. He was offered to my mother/stepdad by the barn owner (without my knowledge) for free; all I had to do was pay $100 a month to board him at the lady's house. My parents said no, the horse was sold, and I had no idea about the offer until a year later. I was, and still am, livid about it. They would never buy me a horse; no matter how much I begged.

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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She brags to people about me and tells them I'm really good, but she doesn't have any idea how I ride and she doesn't care.
This describes the majority of my family. They brag about how acomplished I am at riding but they don't know anything about riding or horse care to even begin to call me a good rider, let alone the fact they hate that I like horses.
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post #33 of 33 Old 10-21-2010, 03:14 AM
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This describes the majority of my family. They brag about how acomplished I am at riding but they don't know anything about riding or horse care to even begin to call me a good rider, let alone the fact they hate that I like horses.
Sorry dear. See, my Pop lives all the way in Hawaii with my horse-loving stepmom, and I am stuck here in the horse capital of the world with horse-hating parents that can't appreciate the animals. My mom doesn't even know what disciplines I ride. She went to my 4-H shows but only because she HAD to. She has no idea the sport is even dangerous. In my first show, my horse reared and almost flipped on me in the first class. My mom didn't blink an eye... she figured that kind of stuff happened all the time. I was like "Err no I almost died." lol

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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