Hello, fellow equestrians! This blog is all about convincing your parents to buy you a horse. Follow these steps carefully, and enjoy!
Step 1: Self-Assessment
This is the easiest step on the list. This is all about you. You are reading this because you want a horse, right? Well, ask yourself these questions first. Are you ready for a 10-20 year commitment? Are you willing to go out constantly to your horse and care for it? Are you prepared for the huge responsibility of having an animal's life in your hands? Just take a moment and ask yourself, am I ready? Is this what I really want? Also, make sure you are not just in the "pony phase". Make sure you have been taking lessons for at least a year and this is something you want to pursue. If you answered "yes" to all of the questions above, keep reading.
Step 2: Ask
The next step is to ask your parents! This is a tough one for me because my Dad is very opinionated. But you never know if you don't ask. Assess their response. If they say yes, then good for you! React calmly and be mature. If they say no, then ask them, why not? Then try to fix the problem. If it's money, then offer to help pay.
Step 3: Money
Obviously, not all of us can afford a horse, but you don't have to be rich to own one. Offer to help pay for the horse. You shouldn't expect your parents to hand everything to you – you should have to work hard for it. For those of you under the legal working age, there are so many ways to earn money without a ‘’real’’ job. For instance, walking dogs, cleaning people’s stalls, mowing lawns, selling junk etc. So, “I'm not old enough to get a job” is a terrible excuse. Also, set a monthly/yearly budget. This will help you immensely. Write out a budget plan and show it to your parents. This will show them that you are responsible and can take initiative!
Step 4: Prove Yourself
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the final step. Lastly, you will need to prove yourself to your parents. Write out a list about why you should get a horse. Write out pros and cons, and give examples on how you will ‘’fix’’ or overcome the cons. For instance, the time commitment is a big con, but I will make a schedule and manage my time well. Help around the house more than usual, be responsible, do well in school, show them that you love horses and that you deserve one. Another tip, don't whine or constantly ask them about it. That is childish and will show that you are immature.
Well, there you have it. This is my “foolproof” list on how to convince your parents to buy you a horse. I am saving up for a horse right now! I wish all of you the best of luck on your journey to buying a horse.