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farringtonlodge

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Saving Up!

I'm trying to save up for a horse i really want, i mean like desperatley!  Any one have any tips bearing in mind i'm only 14?  Also i understand the quality of money, i've payed for my own lessons for 2 years now but just want a way to earn some more money! Thanks :)

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melxvengeance

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Re: Saving Up!

It's not only buying the horse you need to think but about keeping it too. Livery, feed, farrier visits, tack, vets bills, vaccinations, worming, teeth etc are all very expensive. Maybe you could loan or share first?

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farringtonlodge

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Re: Saving Up!

Yeah i didn't really word it very well, i do mean the whole lot, horse, tack, farrier  etc.  At the moment i  can't afford to which is why i've asked if anyone has any tips on saving up or jobs i'd be able to do also from what i've seen there isn't anything local to me which would suit me.

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windinthemane

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Re: Saving Up!

I'd recommed loaning or sharing to prove to your parents that you are responsible enough to get a horse. Good on you paying for lessons! Is it possible to do some work for relations in return for a fiver or two? I've just spent all my confirmation money on a horse thatI've had on loan for 6 months and was only allowed buy her because I was doing all the work. There's a lot more as mel said then just buying it. If you are dead serious about this then look for any job you can find! Sell old toys,clothes etc.... Never refuse a good job offer even if the pay is not quite what you want.(But don't do 10 hours work a day for a fiver) Best of luck!

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farringtonlodge

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Re: Saving Up!

Yeah, it's just everythings so expensive!:(  I'm planning on doing some volunteer work at my local riding school after my birthday so then i can be better known by the instructors and hopefully someone will have a horse which needs exercisng/riding. I'm trying to find a job at the moment but becasue of my age i doubt that i'll be successful.  Yeah i'm going to do a car boot aswell and try sell some of my old stuff:)

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SarahSmith

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SarahSmith says:

Re: Saving Up!

 I got a waitressing job at 14 to contribute to my horse. But legally, they can't work you for many hours a week.

 

Just ask at your local cafes, they may hire you. :)

Sarah :)

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Saving Up!

One of my daughters used to do the ironing for me once a week which I paid her to do (not a lot but something!).  Washing cars...cutting grass...babysitting (for friends and family only as technically speaking that's probably not legal for someone to "hire" you at your age)

 

In the short to medium term though, do consider looking for a horse/pony you can share one or two days per week.  This normally costs about £20-40 - not much more than riding lessons and you normally don't have to pay for anything else - you may have to do some mucking out or poo-picking.  The great thing about this is that you get experience of "your own" horse on a limited time and cost basis so that when you can eventually get your own, you'll have a much better idea of what's involved.

 

I begged and pleaded for a horse from about the age of 4 but didn't get my first horse til I bought it myself at about 20.  It was a shock to realise just how expensive everything was but at least now with forums and the internet you can get a really good idea of what the actual cost is likely to be.  Be warned though, most of us deliberately DON'T add it all up as we'd frighten ourselves if we did!

 

What county are you in?  Maybe someone here might appreciate some help in exchange for a ride or two... DON'T give any more local info than that as obviously not everyone is who they seem! ;o)

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farringtonlodge

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Re: Saving Up!

Thank's you've all been a great help!  At the moment i think the best idea is to look for a Saturday job :)

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