Parents! Dammit, it’s your job to say no! If your child isn’t going to be able to even see the horse for a month then why are you buying it now? I’m of course hoping the child isn’t going in for anything serious – but if she is, take her for some riding lessons, don’t buy her a horse! Having a sick child AND a horse to care for is a recipe for disaster! Nothing good will come of that – especially if money is already a problem! I’m sorry if that sounds cold or callous, but it’s true! I would imagine a sick child is no walk in the park, why would you add to that burden? Especially when lessons and/or trail riders are readily available.
What if something, heaven forbid, goes wrong with the operation and suddenly more expenses are incurred and the continuous financial burden of a horse is no longer viable? How do you think your child is going to feel about Skippy going to the knackers? NOT GOOD! I know some parents have problems saying no, but good gawd, they’re going to feel a hell of a lot worse if they have to kill their kids pony! It’s not fair to the kid and it sure as shit isn’t fair to the poor horse!
Another reason for the parents to say no is that, judging by the wording, the writer seems fairly ignorant about horses in general (let alone a foal!). It doesn’t sound like they know much about horses – certainly not enough to be good, responsible owners. I’m wondering if they’re maybe confusing “foal” with “pony”? Or do they just not care about age and/or training at all? And are they wanting the horse to come with tack? Is that what they mean when they say they’re “not expecting it [the foal] to come with any anything” but are willing to pay so much more for the horse?
Top 5 reasons to NOT buy a horse for a 14 year old with zero, nada, zilch, BIG FAT BAGEL knowledge of horses
5. Easily injured (child and horse)
4. No concept of the amount of work required
3. Puberty and teenage hormones (pony vs. boys)
2. The purchase price is just the beginning
1. You can’t take it to the mall with you. It won’t help you get ready for prom. In short, a pony doesn’t replace friends (ok, it does, but for healthy psychological development it probably shouldn’t, otherwise your child will end up like me. And no one wants that.).
Being 14 is no excuse. It’s called a period. Learn it; use it; love it. Frak!