Hello Laura. I am going to turn 18 next month and the month after that
will celebrate having my horse for 7 years. When I was 9, we moved right
next door to a horse farm. I was over there day and night. I loved
everything about being there. I also drove them nuts some days as my poodle
would tag a long.
You should go to the stable nearby and ask them if you could come over and
hang out to learn about horses. Since they were the same way at some point,
they probably will say yes. Listen to EVERYTHING they say. Try not to get in
the way and help out if they ask you to, they are doing you a favor.
If your parents can afford it, get lessons. You won't need them more than
1X a week for now. Read every book on horses you can find. This will help
you out but you still will need hands on experience. Books are a very good
tool but there is always more to learn.
I got my horse when my parents told me that I could have a horse but they
would not buy one. They would pay for the care but not the horse itself.
Nice bargain, huh? I put an ad in the paper saying I was looking to adopt a
horse. I got one reply and that was enough. I am not allowed to sell
General and if I ever get tired of him, they get him back. General is 32 now
and still going strong. He is a fiesty old man. One thing I have learned is
you will still need to take lessons especially when you have your own horse.
I stopped having lessons and what a mistake! I almost ruined General. I am
back in lessons and having a blast.
BTW, my parents bought their own farm so I take care of General. That cuts
down costs a lot but he is still a very expensive pet. And my mom wants a
horse of her own now! Now she has to convice my father to get her one!
If you want any more information, email me.