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post #21 of 27 Old 10-06-2013, 11:19 PM
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you need to put school first.

without school, how will you support your future horsey habits? You wont be able to making minimum wage or with a low paying degree.

the harder you work now, the easier life will be when your grown.

Just wait until you have a job too! and a house payment! and kids! and a husband! Growing up sucks, and life is hard. but you need to do the best things you can do FOR YOU while you have the opportunity.

horses will always be there. horses dont hold grudges. they only care if they have food. so your doing exactly what they want you to do for them...feed them.

finish school. dont drop your classes. go to college. and then worry about your horses.

Youll regret it later in life if you dont go for your dreams while your young.
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post #22 of 27 Old 10-07-2013, 11:01 AM
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This was already said a few times, but education is so important. I admire you for taking on a challenging workload right now. Being serious about your education now is what's going to enable you to follow all your horse dreams in a few years and for the rest of your life. You will be so happy you invested this time now.

I know this isn't ideal, but is there anyway you could sell or lease out some of your horses? I'm not sure if you have to take care of all 4, but that is a lot of horses for you to take care of by yourself while in school.

Or perhaps you could do a free lease to someone to come and ride one of your horses and help you take care of them. That might alleviate some of the pressures you have.

Good luck, you sound like a very responsible teenager, and it will all be worth it in the end!
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post #23 of 27 Old 10-07-2013, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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This was already said a few times, but education is so important. I admire you for taking on a challenging workload right now. Being serious about your education now is what's going to enable you to follow all your horse dreams in a few years and for the rest of your life. You will be so happy you invested this time now.

I know this isn't ideal, but is there anyway you could sell or lease out some of your horses? I'm not sure if you have to take care of all 4, but that is a lot of horses for you to take care of by yourself while in school.

Or perhaps you could do a free lease to someone to come and ride one of your horses and help you take care of them. That might alleviate some of the pressures you have.

Good luck, you sound like a very responsible teenager, and it will all be worth it in the end!
This is kinda bad, but I don't trust anyone else riding my horses. Sometimes they can be unpredictbable-- one has bolted, one bucks, one takes advantage of inexperienced riders, the list goes on. Basically, I can't trust my horses. 2 of them I only really work in summer, so it's not a big deal anyway. Realistically, we should only have 2 of the 4 horses. 2 aren't used, and are very usable
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post #24 of 27 Old 10-07-2013, 11:42 AM
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When I gave lessons I told my riding students that when you learn to ride, you also learn to train and even IF you can ONLY train one day/week, you will still make progress.
Sit down and make a list of which horse will benefit the most from your little bit of time and figure out what training can be done in 10-15 time TOTAL, like correct leading, or turning on the haunches/forehand, and what training you will do on a Saturday, which will be your longer training day. Also, figure out which horse's training will lead YOU the most satisfaction.
Personally, when I had a few young horses and older, finished ones, I was frustrated training the young ones. I was very happy to be able to school the finished ones.
Honestly, it's hard to put in more than 2 hours training at a time on ANY horse, so you probably have more training time than you THINK. =D
REMEMBER, horses have the best retention of ANY domestic animal. They remember EVERYTHING, so your progress will be steady, even on the training days that you will inevitably miss.

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When I gave lessons I told my riding students that when you learn to ride, you also learn to train and even IF you can ONLY train one day/week, you will still make progress.
Sit down and make a list of which horse will benefit the most from your little bit of time and figure out what training can be done in 10-15 time TOTAL, like correct leading, or turning on the haunches/forehand, and what training you will do on a Saturday, which will be your longer training day. Also, figure out which horse's training will lead YOU the most satisfaction.
Personally, when I had a few young horses and older, finished ones, I was frustrated training the young ones. I was very happy to be able to school the finished ones.
Honestly, it's hard to put in more than 2 hours training at a time on ANY horse, so you probably have more training time than you THINK. =D
REMEMBER, horses have the best retention of ANY domestic animal. They remember EVERYTHING, so your progress will be steady, even on the training days that you will inevitably miss.
I actually like the challenges of the younger horses my old man just doesn't give me anything new anymore, but when I get on one of the younger ones, there might be some crow hops, some bolting, head tossing, etc. I will probably make my 2 personal horses priorities, even though I was hoping to event my mom's 5 yr old next year.. But then again, he can't get over a small crossrail without a minor mental breakdown
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post #26 of 27 Old 10-07-2013, 02:57 PM
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The advice you have been given is very good.
It sounds like you are under a lot of stress you need to have some recreation time. It is very important to a balanced life. Make time and dont feel guilty about it. You are not superwoman.
Learn to relax and focus on the future and your goals . You will start to see progress.
Remember this always. An education is the most important gift you can give yourself. Period. Shalom
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post #27 of 27 Old 10-07-2013, 05:04 PM
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Do not quit school and do not give up on the horses. Learning to balance them will be a good experience for you. I am a PhD student, so very busy, and I manage to ride about 3x per week. I have 2 horses. I had been getting up early to ride, but since it is dark in the morning now, I have put my riding horse at a boarding facility so that I have access to a lighted arena, so I ride early or late. You CAN go to school and get to ride, but it's about compromise. I don't go out drinking so I can get up early, and I don't do much other than ride and go to school, but I manage. I don't buy anything other than ramen noodles and horse stuff either, or so it seems. I also know that I can no longer ride young, hot horses with the amount of time I have, and kept that in mind when looking for a new horse. I took up a new and difficult discipline on a quiet horse so that I wasn't bored, but also not in a lot of danger from not riding a youngster enough.

It may be more difficult in college, but again, it can be done. I managed to lease and board a horse even though I only made $900/month (although partly because I used a university facility. Full care paddock board is only $150/month for students). I also took riding classes through the university before I found the lease horse. If it's important to you, you can find a way to do both. Good luck!
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