5 Ways to Get Your Parents to say YES!
How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Buy a Horse
Riding a horse can be an amazing experience. There's nothing quite like leading a magnificent animal in a gallop through a green pasture under a blue sky. If horses are your passion, you may eventually want to own your own. Horse ownership is an extremely expensive and time consuming hobby that is not to be taken lightly. Unless you're extremely wealthy, you'll most likely need help.
Proving Your Commitment
Read everything you can find about horse care.You need to understand how and when to groom them, the best options for boarding them, how to muck out their stables, how to use and clean tack equipment and how and what to feed them. You should also understand how to maintain a horse's health and what vaccinations it needs and when.
- Study multiple sources. Technical and medical advances revolutionize the horse care industry periodically.
- Learn what plants are poisonous to horses and how to avoid horse ailments.
Volunteer at a local stable.Let the stable owner know that you plan on owning a horse. Try to do every job you can. You'll gain valuable hands-on experience caring for horses while learning from an expert.
- Work often, the more experience you have, the more comfortable you'll be taking care of your own horse.
- Ask the stable owner any questions you may have. He'll likely have great insight.
Take your parents to the stable.Show them everything you've learned. Let them see you perform daily tasks related to horse care.
- Have them speak to the stable owner. A good recommendation from him could ease your parents' concerns.
Stay devoted to horses.Show your parents your dream to own a horse is more than a passing thought. Keep working with horses as much as possible.
- Be consistent. It may take time before your parents understand that you truly want to own a horse.
- Bring your work to your parents' attention. Remind them of your goal to own a horse often. Say things like: "Today I mucked the stalls for all the horses in the stable. I can't wait to clean up after my own horse." or "I helped hold a horse still while it got vaccinated today. Did you know horses need to be vaccinated for tetanus every year?"
Making your Pitch
Explain why you need your own horse.Let them know how owning a horse will help you grow as a person. Teach your parents about the benefits of horse ownership. Educate your parents by saying things like:
- "I'll be more relaxed. Horse ownership has been known to reduce stress."
- "The challenge involved in training my horse will drastically improve my creativity."
- "Being responsible for my own horse will help me build character."
- "Bonding with my horse will help me form a kinship with nature."
Outline your immediate plans for your horse.Tell your parents where you will keep your horse. Also, make them aware of everything you'll need to get started.
- Tell them about options for storing your horse. Say "Keeping my horse at home would reduce my travel expenses and allow me to spend more time with it but boarding my horse would mean that I could leave town and know that a professional would be there to take care of it."
- Include supplies like hay, tack and grooming equipment.
- Include medical care and vaccinations.
Have a long term plan.Tell your parents what you plan to do with your horse. Will you be showing your horse? If so, let your parents know what that entails.
- Say "If I show my horse, I'll need to travel with it and groom it more often which could add to my expenses. However, I could braid other people's horses at shows to help pay for my own."
Designate a backup plan for care.If you plan on keeping your horse at home, decide who will take care of it when you inevitably have to leave town. Show your parents that you've covered all your bases.
- Look up horse care providers in your area.
Negotiate with your parents.Say "I may not have enough money to maintain my horse on my own but I would be glad to do extra work around the house to help pay you back."
- Mow the lawn.
- Walk the dog.
- Take your siblings to school.
- Paint the house.
Have an exit strategy.Let them know that if owning a horse proves to be unworkable, you can always sell the horse. Show your parents you understand how to sell your horse.
- Describe how factors like age, height and temperament affect the value of your horse. Say things like "A young athletic horse could fetch a good price from someone looking to take it to shows, but an older even-tempered horse could be worth more to someone looking for a reliable horse for their children to ride."
- Assure them you know about advertising horses and how to talk to potential buyers. Tell them "If we do have to sell the horse, I know how to groom it and take the best pictures and videos of it to advertise it to buyers and get the best return on our investment possible."
Ask what it would take for your parents to agree with you.Find out what their worries are and see if you can put their minds at ease. Put the ball in their court.
- Ask them "What are your main concerns about me owning a horse? Is there anything I can do for you to make you feel more comfortable helping me purchase one?"
Planning the Finances
Make a proposal.Write down everything you'll need to purchase and maintain your horse. Include every responsibility you'll have as a result of owning a horse.
- Include what expectations you'll have of your parents.
- Include what expectations your parents should have of you.
Shop around for horses.Look for horses that will meet your personal needs. Find the best prices on those horses in your area.
- Avoid free horses, as they often have medical or behavioral issues.
- Learn the history of horses you may buy to guarantee their quality.
Figure stable and grooming expenses.Find out how much it will cost yearly to keep your horse.
- Include equipment and medical costs.
- Leave room for the unknown. Include possible setbacks in your budget.
- Give them a plan for storing your horse.
- You can cut into the cost of showing your horse by learning to braid professionally for other contestants at shows.
Determine your contribution.Decide how much of your own money you can spend on your horse. Prove that you'll take horse ownership seriously by putting your own cash towards it.
Give your parents time to consider.Don't be pushy. Deciding whether or not to buy a horse is a big decision. Your parents will likely need time to think it over.
- Show them you can be patient.
- Take the extra time to prepare yourself and continue to study.
Follow through on other responsibilities.Do your best in school. Finish all your chores. Stay out of trouble.
- Show your parents you can handle responsibility and are ready for more.
Continue to show commitment to horses.Continue working with horses. Gain all the experience you can.
- Show your parents how passionate you are about working with horses.
Act mature.Even if your parents end up saying no, thank them for their consideration. If you handle the disappointment well, they'll be more likely to change their mind later.
- Don't blame them. Say "I completely respect your decision. I realize owning a horse is a huge commitment. I'm still passionate about horses and I hope someday I can prove to you that I do deserve the honor of owning one."
- Understand that they may not currently have the means to support a horse.
- Don't give up. Keep trying to convince them that you can handle horse ownership.
QuestionHow should I approach my parents about this topic?Top AnswererGive them something they can look at, not just what you say. What you say isn't enough. You need to put together some sort of document that includes your plans, costs (including budget), schedules, and contacts for any emergencies. Include those who you want to buy from, what horses you have your eye on, what type of horse and what you want to do with it, like training, riding, showing, etc.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I ask someone if I can keep a horse at their house?Top AnswererIt's not how to ask but rather WHO. Ask your friends and family and anyone else you know if they know someone who boards horses or who has the facilities to board your horse. They may be able to get in touch with someone who will know someone who knows someone who can board your horse for you.Thanks!
QuestionWhat happens if they say yes?Top AnswererThe next step is to set things up for owning a horse: fences, shelter, feed, and then finding a reputable breeder or person who you can trust to get a good horse from. Find a friend or relative who knows horses well to know what to look for in the best horse for you. Get your parents involved if they're interested as well.Thanks!
QuestionI am getting a horse, but my Dad is poor and he is raising me and my brother, along with our other animals. What should I do to get money, being not old enough to work?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can try a lemonade stand in the summer, shoveling snow in the winter, delivering flowers in the spring, raking in the fall, cleaning houses or delivering newspapers.Thanks!
QuestionI've done nothing but wait and be reasonable to get a horse for 10 years and my parents still won't buy me one. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA horse is a huge financial commitment. It's possible your parents are not able to support the added expenses of owning a horse. If owning a horse is your dream, save your money, work your butt off at a local boarding stable to negotiate free or reduced board, and buy one yourself.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get money for a horse?Top AnswererGet a job, and save up money earned. That's the best way to do so by yourself without having to ask for donations or beg your parents for money.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if my mom wants a horse, but not my dad?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBrainstorm with your mom to think of ways to convince your dad to get a horse. With two of you on one side, you may be able to put enough pressure on him that he will change his mind.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I'm 12 and can't have a lemonade stand or bake sale or something? What other jobs can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI'm glad you are looking to go out yourself to earn money for a horse! I earned money to buy a horse myself! Here are a few ideas: walk dogs, mow lawns, buy and sell stuff, make things to sell on etsy or eBay. Just think of what resources you have, and what you can do with them! If you have space for animals, you could try to sell eggs, make soap, babysitting is another idea. Look up getting a CPR AED certification to give parents peace of mind. Tutor younger kids, take care of homes and animals while people are away, clean people's cars, weed, or garden. Think of anything that you can make or fix, like model horses (repairing or remodeling). If you paint, try selling artwork online, etc!Thanks!
QuestionWhat's the most important thing about getting a horse?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou need to have a place to keep it, as well as all the gear required to care for it. You also need to be able to ride a horse, and be able to commit the time and money it takes to look after it.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you get the money for a horse?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHorses are extremely expensive - the initial cost is the least of it. There is regular worming and vet costs, hoof trimming and shoeing, tooth floating, feed, hay, bedding, blankets, tack, and grooming supplies. If you don't have your own land and stable, you'll need to pay for board monthly. If your parents are not willing to pay for at least most of your expenses, you are much better off working for lessons at a stable and waiting until you are done with school and can work full time to pay for all of your horse's needs.Thanks!
- Be respectful of your parents. They only want what's best for you.
- Be realistic. Sometimes your parents won't be able afford a horse.
- Be patient. Remind your folks of your dream periodically. Now might not be the right time for them to help you, but they could come around later.
- Read the fine print. Some half lease agreements require you to pay a larger percentage of horse care than others.
- Study legal and liability issues involved in horse care before letting others use your horse.
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