Quote of the Day:
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon
Having a horse will keep her busy.
Owning a horse will take up your daughter’s free time. Your daughter will need to spend time with the horse everyday. She will need to groom, clean the stall, exercise and just love her horse. I cannot think of a better way to for a girl to spend her extra time.
Horses are not cheap.
This is a great time to teach your teenager about money and a budget. Horses are expensive and there are a lot of beautiful things to catch a girl’s eye. There are crystal conchos, saddles, boots, hats, the vet bill when the horse get sick, special treats, etc. The list is endless.
Involve your teen in the cost of the horse. She should pay for part of the costs that are incurred by being a horse owner.
Owning a horse will teach responsibility.
The responsibility of a horse will teach her about how much her horse will depend on her. She will have to see to all that it all of its needs are met.
Her horse will depend on her for exercise, love, keeping it’s hooves trimmed and healthy.
Nothing will build her self-confidence like a horse.
When your teenage daughter falls in love with a horse and learns to care for it and learns to ride, she will build self-confidence. When she looks back, and sees what she accomplished in a short time with her horse, other things in life will seem easier. She will say to herself, “I can handle a 1000 pound horse and I can handle this!” What a great feeling.
It will help her meet new friends.
4-H has a great program for kids with horses. In this group not only will she make new friends but she is going to build life skills. I am including a link to the 4-H Horse Project Helpers Guide, so you can see all that this program has to offer. 4-H is everywhere, so there will be a group near you. Your boarding stable should have that information for you.
By the way, if you are thinking about introducing your teenage daughter to horse ownership, contact Haille Margarite our riding instructor at Peachwood and she will work with her.