Originally Posted by Lovehorsesandrunning View Post
Ive asked them, and they something along these lines...
" Its not that i dont want you to have a horse.. its just a lot of money"
" When woulod you have time"
" it will distract you from school"
and on and on..
none of those are true, well the first one is true , but id help pay, honostly i would i already have a part of it saved.. and they both have good jobs and my sister does lacrosse and is starting gymnastics and snowboarding, which are expensive sports, expecially when they get into competitions. Then all i do is run.. on foot, and its the most boring sport ive ever done
Okay quote two- I have a bunch of time! in the sumemr i could like sleep at the barn every night and ride all day i have so much time! while my parents are working im at home with my 10 year old and her babysitter.. My sister and her babysitter go dumb places.. like putt putt golfing or to a G movie, so i decide to sit at home, but if i had a horse my sisters babysitter could just take me to the barn! During school.. I really dont have much homework except for studing and the home work and studying i could do at the barn before i ride, I only have cross country in the fall.. Which goes until 4:30 after school and i would STILL have plenty of time to go to the barn, the meets may cut my riding days down a little but it would only be for a month or two.
Okay.. quote three- It would not distract me from school, When i rode reguarlly in 3rd- 5th grade my grades went up.. My grades are alreadyy good and theresz no way with a horse they could go anything but up.. Ive also offered for me to get a job but no again it would distract me from school, so i think thats there biggest concern...
I guess ill just stopp talking horses to them.. well at least less frequently, but i have to keep bugging my mom this week because she said i could get new riding boots when we were at south dakota this week (: and so far im bootsless
So thanks everyone!
I think you're getting a bit into it. Think logically. If you don't own a barn you can't just sleep there. There is duty of care that both your parents, and possibly the barn owners will have because you are a minor. Secondly horses are dangerous. I figure that because you don't baby sit your own sister you're probably under 16? I would not just let my U16 go out and ride alone! Its not just getting a horse and dumping you there, its getting a horse and driving you there and watching you ride and taking you to competitions and taking time of work for the farrier and the vet and the dentist and going out to feed it if you're sick or away on school excursions.
You're delusional if you think its not going to distract from school. Either you and your family forks out more than some families pay in rent for full board where you have no responsibility or you do it yourself. If you do it yourself, feeding, travelling etc. morning and night that can easily be 4 hours of your day that you "lose". That is 1/6 of your day gone that you can't use for study. No offence, but do you even get grades in year 3 - 5? I didn't think there was even homework...If you are contributing as much as you say, full board will just mean you have to work more.
It doesn't matter how expensive those sports are, horses will cost more. Your sisters hobbies require no time from your parents or responsibility. She is in the care of others when she does stuff, and if she gets sick, or goes on holidays or is really busy studying she can easily skip a week. You can't skip a day with horses.
Ask for lessons, find an affordable riding school maybe on a bus route from your school or house and try and get lessons. Then get two lessons a week, and then three and then maybe they'll start looking at getting a horse.
Sorry - its super long and you probably don't care but I just wanted to explain to you my view because it seems that your lack of horse riding is making you unhappy, and your parents are being blamed for this. I wanted to show you the flaws in the argument so a) you can fix them and b) you can understand why your parents don't want this. Unhappiness leads to anger and anger leads to hate and hate leads to astranged parents and you don't want that.