So, as always, there's someone needing advice on how to convince their parents to let them get a horse, and that person is me. Yes, I can hear the collective sigh from you all.
They have hinted many times, that as soon as I get my restricted license
, which means I am able to drive a car on my own without a supervisor, allowing me to drive to/from any grazing without my parents having to take part.
I have prepared a 'report' to present to my parents, and I tried my best to include as much as I could about the logistics and price of owning a horse.
This report can be found here
As background - I have been riding for around 9 years, and participated in around 4 years of lessons, and also been on horse camps most holidays for the last 4 years. I'm a confident rider, having competed on borrowed horses up to 80cm (this was well over two years ago, and I have improved a lot since then) and I have made the most of any opportunity to work with horses - I have previously volunteered at the Riding for the Disabled where I live, and did so for 5 years until driving me an hour out to it and back every week became too much for my parents so I was not able to do so any more. I ride my friends horses and have exercised racehorses for peanuts (only did this for a few weeks, as again, my parents didn't like getting up early to take me to the racecourse before school).
All this being said, I think it's fair to say that I live in a fairly unsupportive family, horse wise - they're great every other way.
I am a straight excellence (A in America I guess) and am involved in many activities through school such as robotics, drama and sport. I am sure these will not get in the way of the horse, as I mainly participate in them in school time.
As I am paying for everything to do with the horse, my budget for the initial horse will be very low at $1,200 inc gear, so I will most likely buy an OTTB or something similarly green.
In the report, 'Ayla' is mentioned, who is a friend who has two horses already and has plenty of land I can keep my horse on for $5 a week (basically nothing).
I have done as much as I could think of in the report, but would like to, with the help of you guys, make this even better, so that my parents just can't say no to it, when it is presented. Have you guys got any ideas about what I can add to make it better - have I missed anything, are there any more points that would make it just that little bit better?
Thanks so much!