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post #1 of 24 Old 09-05-2016, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Chronicles of the Chronically Anxious

I decided to start this thread to hopefully get my butt in gear at some point and get over my financial fears. Here's a little background for you:
I grew up around AQHA/APHA show horses and fell in love. I did chores around the house growing up to pay for riding lessons, and at some point, for some reason, never went back. I never completely quit riding, and I worked around horses as much as I could. When I finally moved out on my own, I went to school, got a full-time job and had the opportunity to buy a wonderful QH/Mustang cross (so who knows what he really was ), so I did. Suddenly, what I thought was a stable full-time job turned out not to be. I was taken off the schedule for some mysterious reason, and they wouldn't put me back on for MONTHS despite me calling every few days. Long story short, I couldn't afford to keep my horse anymore and had to sell him.
Losing my job resulted in me having to move back in with my parents and go back to school. I've now been looking at getting another horse, but I'm terrified of getting into a situation where I can't afford it again. I have another wonderful full time job that I love. A degree that will be getting me a decent raise in the near future, a cheap place to rent, and plenty in savings. HOWEVER, I also just had to buy a new car, and I have a dog. My last experience has just put a bad taste in my mouth, and whenever I get the opportunity to get a new horse, I back out. I'm not sure how to get over this fear, so I'm hoping keeping a sort of journal will help me get this figured out. Any encouragement and advice anyone has is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-05-2016, 02:30 PM
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I would save up a decent amount before getting the horse. Contact locals about land rather than stables, have back up plans.
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-05-2016, 02:54 PM
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I agree on setting up a savings account for both the dog and a horse that you'll get in the future. Having the peace of mind knowing that you can pay for their care will make a difference in your thinking when you're ready to find the perfect horse for you. Remember to add to that savings account from every paycheck so it becomes a habit. Also set up an emergency savings account for yourself so you have the funds to fall back on if you lose your job or an emergency crops up.
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post #4 of 24 Old 09-05-2016, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Have both of those set in place. Thinking about having to use them gives me anxiety though lol
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-06-2016, 10:20 AM
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I suffer with anxiety so I understand what you mean. Get insurance :)
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-11-2016, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a registered veterinary technician currently working as a receptionist at a clinic. When I accepted the job, I was told it'd be probably 9 months before I could start teching there.

The good news? I've finally hit the 9 month mark. The bad news? On of our receptionists just put in her 2 weeks notice, so we have to work on hiring new people before I can start teching . I'm starting to get very frustrated with having my training put on hold. (Our office manager has been saying we're going to start my training for months now and it keeps getting pushed back.) Not feeling like your skills are important to the place you're working is very hard to tolerate for long, and I'm about at my wits end with it! So, I've decided I'm going to start my own farm sitting business! I've been house sitting for people since I was 14. Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and I have the training to handle any other animal that comes along, so I figured why not?! I'm pretty excited to see where this goes!

I'm also starting to resent living in Iowa. I'm missing Nashville like crazy, and it's hard to find the time and money to visit. I've been supposed to go down there for weeks now to start recording my debut EP, but one thing always leads to another and either my songs aren't done (I'm having a friend of mine write them for me), the studio we're using is booked the weekend I can go down, or I can't get the time/money to take work off.
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post #7 of 24 Old 09-19-2016, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to place a bid on a horse at the last BLM Adoption event just to see what would happen. I ended up winning the bid, so I figured I might as well go meet him on Oct. 22nd (they will haul him closer to my area).
I was talking to a work friend of mine about it, and she decided to try and pawn one of her green horses off on me ? I go from freaking out about one to considering two!! (I may be a smidge crazy.) I went out to meet him Sunday, and he is SUPER sweet and met all my requirements! ? I'm now in the process of looking for a boarding facility and vet for him. He's not very photogenic, but here are some pics!
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post #8 of 24 Old 09-19-2016, 10:32 PM
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Cute horse! That is awesome that you won the mustang!
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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort, you will not get either comfort or truth; only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. -C.S. Lewis
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post #9 of 24 Old 09-19-2016, 11:07 PM
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He's a very handsome little horse, I like him!

Don't judge someone's horse or skill because they don't compete or work with a trainer.

Sometimes they're the most in tune with each other.
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-20-2016, 01:07 AM
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I like him too. :) Maybe take it slow as far as getting into more than one horse right now, simply to allow yourself time to really bond and focus on one in case he needs training, a lot of your time, etc. If you end up having to lease a place, then it makes sense to have two if you can financially wing it. I am looking forward to reading updates about this boy :) I have anxiety disorder, so I totally can relate to what you are feeling.
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