10 Reasons You Should Buy Your Daughter a Horse!

10 reasons to buy your daughter a horse

Sorry Mums and Dads of the world, but I’m about to make your life difficult. I am such a believer in the fact that growing up around horses is just the best upbringing, for so many reasons! It’s character building, it’s healthy and I feel that it taught me so many lessons that I’ve taken with me through life. That have made me a better, more well-rounded version of myself.

And yes, I totally like to think of myself as well-rounded. If you’re reading this and you know me well and you’re thinking ‘Pfft, yeh right. You? Well rounded?’ then if you’d please just keep that little tidbit to yourself for the purpose of this blog, that’d be fab. 😀

So, here’s why I think every kid should grow up with horses in their lives!

 

  • They teach responsibility

Ever since I can remember, when making plans for a day or evening out, the first thing I’ve had to think about is ‘When can I fit the horse in with these plans?’, or ‘If I can’t get there, who will feed my horse?’. Knowing that an animal is relying on you for all of it’s needs definitely teaches a strong sense of responsibility.

  • They improve self esteem

There is plenty of research to show that having any kind of pet boosts a child’s self esteem. Likely because they have an animal that they love and adore and it offers that unconditional love right back. A horse is no different. There is nothing like the sound of your horse whinnying at your arrival to make you feel loved.

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  • They build your immune system

Let’s face it… We’ve all finished mucking out and sat down with a cup of tea and biscuit, without bothering to wash our hands, haven’t we? As a kid, I can’t even imagine what lurked under my fingernails when I’d tuck into my packed lunch after stacking the muck heap. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? And you have to admit, most horsey people don’t get ill very often! It’s a proven fact that animal owners are healthier due to the exposure to all of that yummy bacteria. Nice thought, huh?! 😉

  • They teach the value of money

Also read as ‘They teach you how to be skint!’ My parents have always made sure that, since I was old enough to have a job, I have been at least partly responsible for the cost of my horses. Yes, they can be expensive, but they definitely taught me to be resourceful when my bank balance is low, if nothing else! Lol! And I read something the other day that said ‘Teach your children to love a horse and they will never have money for drugs.’
Now, that’s got to be a plus, right?

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  • They instil patience

Does this one really need an explanation? There’s a saying, ‘If you’re not a humble person, your horse will make you one.’ And that’s so true. You either exercise patience or you don’t get very far. They definitely teach patience, humility, compassion and so many other values.

  • They’re great at keeping secrets

I’m not even kidding. The amount of teenage worries I offloaded onto my horses… And they never told a soul. I’ve cried plenty of tears into many a mane and even if they aren’t all that great at giving advice, there’s no doubt that there is something incredibly soothing and therapeutic about a therapy session with your horse. And if that fails, a good gallop definitely chases away your troubles!

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  • They teach focus and ambition

Whether it’s something as simple as getting your pony to canter on the right leg, or something as big as qualifying for HOYS, there’s always a goal to strive for when you have a horse.

  • They come with an in-built social life

My entire life revolves around horses, even though I don’t have one at the moment. All of my friends are horsey, most of our discussions are about horses, as an equine photographer obviously my job involves horses… It’s definitely a lifestyle and not just a hobby.

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  • They provide great exercise

If anybody ever says to me ‘It’s not exercise, all you do is sit there,’ I challenge them to ride a horse for ten minutes and not walk like you’ve crapped your pants the next day! I’ve never been fitter than when I was riding every single day, mucking out multiple stables and hauling water buckets, haynets and bales of straw across the yard.

  • They keep you out of trouble

After my parents had stopped cursing about the cost, I know that they thanked God that I had horses in my life. I wasn’t the easiest of teens and I have no doubt that I would have hung around in town and got into so much more trouble if I hadn’t had to do my horses every evening and weekend. It taught me discipline from a very early age and I’m so grateful for that. (As I know my Mum and Dad are, too! Lol!)

If you can come with any other benefits to support the cause, I’d love to hear them. Leave me a message in the comments below!

 

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136 Responses to 10 Reasons You Should Buy Your Daughter a Horse!

  1. Danae says:

    I can agree from experience!

    • sandra albertyn says:

      yip, kept me out of trouble, but financially ruined me!

      • Sandy J says:

        Near ruined me financially too. 3 ER visits in a year, ten day hospitalization for one horse 💥 subsequently buying a second horse 🐴. Expensive, yes! Worthwhile educational investment, yes!

  2. bhicks123 says:

    Reblogged this on horseyexperiences and commented:
    So true… Mum, Dad? It’s never too late!

  3. Cindy says:

    ❤ this! Thoroughly agree, as Mum to a horsey daughter of 17, whose friends are hanging around shopping centres wanting designer this and that, all my gal worries about are wether her feet are warm and dry. Its given her a set of loyal and loving friends separate from school, so she has never felt the need to be accepted by her school friends. School has been treated like full time work with colleagues rather than ‘be all and end all’ fickle friendships. Admittedly we share rather than loan, but through her hard work, dedication and experience she ha built a real reputation in our area as the ‘go to girl’ , and works weekends on a yard.

  4. chriszygakis says:

    At a very early age, I asked my father a horse. I had seen horses only on TV. He said “forget it”. Now that equestrianism is part of my life, he’s grateful and also suggested buying me a horse. It’s just how it changes a human and non-equestrians simply don’t understand it, until they see it with their own eyes.

  5. Debra Neilson says:

    I fully agree. Being a single mum it was hard going but never had to worry about where my daughter was. Also made many lifetime friends through horses.

  6. Naomi says:

    Even though my daughters horse is currently ringing up a vet bill that is the equivalent to a lovely overseas trip, you are completely correct. Horses have taught my children so much and am regularly reminded of the positive impact that these animals are having on the lives of them and their friends.

  7. Kirsten says:

    A lot of my friends had babies between 16 & 18. I had a foal!
    Now my children are riding that 15 year old ‘foal’.

  8. Jo says:

    I agree.
    I was the horse girl at school. I didn’t care about the in crowd, or fashion and designer labels. My pocket money was saved so I could by a rug or some other thing for my horse. I didn’t have time for boyfriends and the first one I had tried to interfere with horse time so he got the flick quickly.
    I had a 10 year break from horses, but a chance sighting of a Clydesdale for sale saw me on the fast track back into riding. Even though I found out in September he had to be retired, I now have him as a handsome paddock ornament and my stunning new ride.

    I still don’t care about being popular, fashion or many other things. Don’t want to go out or drinking or wasting money I could spend on my animals ( I have dogs and cats as well)
    I get outdoors a lot and am still quite fit. So yes mums and dads but your daughter a horse 🙂

  9. Christy McCullough says:

    My daughter got her first pony at five months old because her very protective father stopped at the mall on a Friday evening and saw 11- and 12- yr old girls trolling for boys. His exact words were ‘if a pony keeps her out of the mall she can have all the ponies she wants’. (At nine she is up to two)

    More recently when the pony had a mind of his own and only she could fix it, her trainer said to us, this is why kids that ride are so successful in life, because it’s hard. If they don’t give up they can figure out anything

  10. Hello Sophie, what a great post! I agree a 100 %. If it’s financially possible you really should make this wish come true. I as well learned a lot about responsibility through horses in my childhood and I think it made me a better adult.
    Right now I try to get the parents of a little girl to grant the riding lessons but they always think other things like playing an instrument is more important. Or that there is no time for horses next to the homework, school… Well, a trumpet is not going to teach you social skills for life. I’m thinking about showing them your post but I’m not sure what they’ll think of me after that 😀
    Regards from Germany
    Nina

    • Thanks for sharing, Nina! Lol, no I can’t imagine you get the same benefits from a trumpet!!
      Good luck showing them this post. Let us know how it works out. 🙂 x

    • cyndeer says:

      Personally having a well rounded child is what a parent would like most. My three daughters, growing up, had music lessons, horse lessons, and played sports. All three are very well adjusted human beings. Only one of them is still involved with horses but, horses was an important part of all of their life education. Yes, education is important as well(two of my daughters have a doctorate, and the other has a masters). But it is part of the process of creating a well rounded human being.
      On another note, owning horses was a financial hardship but was well worth it. Horses are less expensive than drug rehab, a teen pregnancy and weekends at the mall.

  11. Jane says:

    They teach you that appearances aren’t everything. As a horse tragic I loved some very ugly horses but their personalities were so beautiful, that they were truly beautiful. And we’ve all learnt to ride on sscruffy little ponies that had horrid temperments, but we loved them passionately.

  12. Elaine says:

    I am now 60 years old and thank owning a horse to keeping me young. I still have to do all the things required like walking paddocks to find him and going for long and enjoyable rides. It also keeps me in touch with my budget as living on a pension these days is not easy, and horse things are getting more and more expensive, but I would not change that for anything and will keep on owning and riding my fellow for as long as possible, I feel I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have and love the people I share my horse days with

  13. Sara says:

    I absolutely love this! I got my first horse when I was 12, and my life truly changed. I remember the greatest Christmas gift I ever received at that age was a red wheelbarrow (albeit a crappy one, but I didn’t care) and a manure rake so I could keep my horses pasture clean. That’s literally all I wanted and got for Christmas from my single mom of 3. My gelding was 2 then; he became my first husband and child. He taught me how to have and respect relationships, offered me the gift of humility, taught me the power of being thankful (especially for the small things in life), and so many more lessons that only a horse can teach. My old man is 20 now, and though I have other horses, he is still my love. He gets jealous when I ride other horses, still exhibits great patience whenever I ask him to do anything; he is my partner to this day. I now own my own business training and instructing today’s youth in the equine industry. Everyday I get the privilege of sharing my love for these majestic animals with my community, and my boy is right there to help me with his infinite patience and love. Thank you for your message!

    • I can so relate to the red wheelbarrow scenario. My birthday is October, so I always just got rugs for my horse every birthday, because winter was coming up.
      Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your lovely story. x

  14. Lisa Rebane says:

    Love your article and couldn’t agree more! My daughter received a horse several years ago, best choice that was made. That horse is her best friend! When she has had stressful days or is very upset, she will go and ride to help calm her. She has become the most responsible and hard working person I know! She has mostly horse people in her life as friends! She has true compassion for others as well! Yes, horses are a lot of money, several people think they are only for the rich…not so…yes we have struggled at times, but the outcome we have now is amazing. So proud of what my daughter has become, mostly because of her horse! Would not go back and change a thing!!

  15. Jenny says:

    even better is whe the faithful horse parent takes over the kids horse when they go to college! My mom was the best horse show mom for years, then I started training & she started showing quite a bit. The investment in time spent together, going to lessons- shows etc. Is The best quality time in those important growing years. I have a nasty chronic illness & no longer train. It’s become such a lovely thing now at this point in our lives that mom & I ride quite a bit together. It’s a bond like no other, that we can ride & enjoy our boy’s together!

  16. kyrie says:

    100%agree. My dad brought me for my first lesson when i was 6. Started doing jobs around the yard in exchange for more lessons by 10. Now at 22 I have a great thing going when I get to ride a amazing gelding 7days a week,and his owner pays the bills. Where as most the people I grew up with are on their second or 3rd kid I have a horse. Even if he drives me mad I know he’ll keep all my secrets and is the best destresser in the world. Even if it is pulling his mane or at the moment going up to the yard since he landed me in a&e last week.

    My dad says it was the best choice he ever made even if I means I’m always broke but put of trouble

  17. Lindsay says:

    Love this, it is so true and something I believe highly in. I know what kind of teenager I could have been, I saw it when a girl ODed on heroin days before we walked for high school graduation. I had no issue transitioning to college, I had no issue having responsibilities, I had no issue managing money. I’m so grateful for having these horses in my life. It was the best life lesson I could have ever had.

    xx Lindsay
    The Inside Turn. Equestrian Blog.

  18. Monica Thomas Dominguez says:

    They teach you love, empathy sacrifice and gratitude. They also teach you teamwork! Its not all about the rider, you learn to compromise and how to work together. It (horses and riding)keep family together and family is support in competition. They teach you to care for them when they are too old but still want to give you everything they can(in and out of the ring).Too many positives to mention. I have 4 daughters…three that ride, one internationally…yes, expensive…but as a family we have a goal and together we will reach it…AND it THANKFULLY involves horses.

  19. Melissa says:

    WHY is this titled DAUGHTER .. what about all the boys who ride and love horses too?

    • Simply because the title had a nicer ring to it, with the whole ‘little girl wanting a pony’ cliché and because the article was written from my own experience, as a daughter.
      But I am a certainly in favour of boys having horses, too!! 😀 x

  20. Annie says:

    I’ve always loved horses. I’m not sure how old I was when I began wanting one. But we could not afford it. I was born with a heart and lung problem and I grew up very sick, and I am still very sick at the age of 32. I went on a list to have a heart transplant at the age of 12. The Wish Foundation in Canada was in touch with me, and that was when they asked me if I had a wish. And I did! I had many. But at that moment, I wished for a horse. The next two years I was happy riding as much as I could. It definitely taught me that I had to be responsible, getting up early on Saturdays and Sundays to go riding. Although because of my illness it wasn’t always possible. When I was 14, the Doctors assessed me and told me I was too healthy to need a new heart at that time. My mom contributes it to some surgeries I’d had, I contribute it to the strength I gained from having a horse, and all that goes into it. Soon after that I headed to High School and I lost my drive to ride all the time. And I regret it now. Because I stopped riding, eventually I had to give the horse up to better people. Although I really didn’t want to. He was my best friend after all! Even if I didn’t see him every day. I worked for a short period in a training barn while I was in High School, and I was taught a lot of stuff, that when I did go spend time with my horse, I would train him. I can say now, looking back, that I wish I had never given up on that horse. Never lost my need to go for a simple ride. Now I’m back on the Transplant list, with the chances of my getting new organs, very low. And all I wish for now is my horse. At 32 years old, I really wish I could ride again. And it has nothing to do with wanting to get strong again, but more so for that relationship you can’t find anywhere else.

    It didn’t work for me, maybe I should have had the horse at a younger age and things would be different. Or maybe I should have been pushed a little more. Either way, I believe that every kid who wants a horse should get one if it’s financially possible. It teaches so many good qualities in a person. I loved your article and I agree with everything you said!

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems, Annie. But if nothing else, I hope that horses gave you pleasure and peace when you were able to have them in your live. Lots of love. x

  21. katie says:

    Both my parents had horses as children, when I was eight I started lessons. My parents had to be sure it wasn’t just a phase lol. At 14 was when I got my gelding. The journey of keeping a job to support him all through high school and college was a struggle but worth it. It kept me out of trouble in high school, and guided me through all my interests and teams in college. All of my life choices since his purchase have been horse related. I feel he is my little angel sent here to help guide me through all my obstacles. I am thankful every day my parents helped me find him, and allowed me the opportunities of horse showing and 4-H. I didn’t keep my friends from high school, but I made lifelong friends in 4-H and college through this common interest. I also met my husband when we both shared the same passion of awesome horses and competition. I love to think this horse saved my life 🙂

  22. N. Lukas says:

    I have had a horse or pony since age 12–great Father and Mother who approved. Best part of my childhood in an otherwise very dysfunctional family–helped me adjust to the emotional ups and downs of my family. I had love from my horse when no one else loved me nor cared where I was or what I was doing. I am forever grateful and I have 32 equines now–mostly ponies because too few people recognize their daughters’ needs. They will buy anything motorized for a son but totally neglect their daughters where I live–sad area!!!!

  23. Luka says:

    I’ve had three accidents on a horse, two of which left me with a bad leg injury, the last nearly broke my neck. First was from my friend being a complete asshole and spooking the mare I was riding so bad she shot sideways and left me with no horse beneath me, second was a hard-mouthed, stubborn mare that threw me off at a flat-out gallop by planting the brakes to veer down a trail toward home. Inertia’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it? I got run over by the horse directly behind me, stepped right on my leg.

    Third time’s when I decided fuck ’em, they aren’t that much fun to ride that I need to risk dying.

    • Sorry to hear you’ve had a bad time. Sounds like you’ve been very unlucky. x

    • Rick P says:

      Sorry for your injuries but it sounds like they tought you a valuable life lesson. “Learn when to get out of a situation before it costs you your life.”
      I hope you mend well and quickly. Sounds like there are some scars left. Not trying to come off as being judgmental, just some honest outside perspective. My wife and daughter both started riding a little over a year ago and while I support them 100%, I fear for their safety since it can be a dangerous sport with life altering injuries. So far it has begun to yield positive changes in attitude from my daughter and a closeness between her and her mother that is priceless.
      Best wishes to you Luka.

  24. Bonnie Wagstaff says:

    it also prevents a early interest in guys unless they are also into horses also! Or girls if it is a boy owning the horse. I had a younger woman help me with my horse a few years ago. She said if the guy doesn’t love horses she has no need for him😃 she is about 26 now. Very talented and runs her own barn. I am 70… Still an active rider… And have loved horses since I was 5. My husband has to like horses or he will never see me! I attribute my health and flexibility to my horses. So add physical longevity to the list. I do use a mounting block but can still mount from the bottom rung of a fence. Sooo worth it. I am the oldest at the barn. My quarter horse is 18. I’m hoping to age together. I did a trail ride with a 90 year old man several years ago!!!

  25. Hans Oettli says:

    As a Dad, I couldn’t agree more with your “10 reasons to buy your daughter a horse”. Our daughter started asking me “Can I have a horse” when she was 6 years old. I promised here a horse for here 10th birthday if she was willing to help by saving money. Soon we looked at here piggybank every so often and I would comment “Ok, now you have enough for one ear. Later we got a leg, than the head and so on. She was actually working for her money by helping here and there in the house or wash my car and even breeding Guinea Pigs for sale in our store. I got here a horse just 3 month before here 10th birthday. The best investment I ever made. We experienced every one of your 10 reasons and then some. I’m very proud of here and how responsible she became in every respect. I also had an excuse to get a horse for myself, because “I can’t let here go in the bush by herself”. Needless to say, now 21 years old, that is all she wants now. More horses and live style that includes horses.

  26. Jan Söderman says:

    What?…Cant i buy a horse to my son?.

  27. Frances says:

    If you have a horse, you don’t have time for boys! (The #1 reason we just purchased our first family horse for our children – 3 boys and a 6 year old daughter)

  28. Dennis Johnson says:

    Horses are a “socially acceptable” way for girls and women to be brave and bold. (I hate that there is a need for “social acceptability” but we live in the world we have). One needs to be bold, brave, physical, assertive and at times aggressive as a rider. Horses are great teachers and riding is a great way to develop and display those attributes.

  29. Joann Zimmer says:

    I read all the comments and it just reinforces my decision years ago when we got g our first horse. Both my girls inherited my love of horses and became professionals. I still ride at 74 but am afraid my partner of 28 years is having a hard winter and may have to be put down at age 32. The past 28 years have been the best and I recommend horses to anyone that wants to keep their kids out of trouble. I remember my dad asking why I gave up golf for horses. My answer was that golf clubs never nicker to me in the morning.

  30. jess says:

    I started riding school ponies when I was just 5 years old, i had asked and asked and asked but even once I was allowed to go ride my mum still insisted it was a phase. I had been riding over 2 years before I even got my first riding hat (before this I had to borrow them from the riding school)! I begged and begged for a pony. 9 years later my mum decided I probably wasn’t going to grow out of it and bought me my horse Grenville as a 14th birthday/Christmas present. I am 21 and still have my boy. He was all I needed, i didn’t have boyfriends in school, I didn’t do drugs or drink. I was 19 before I even met a guy and he still comes second to grenvilles needs. My horse is not just my pet, he is my best friend and soulmate. I feel clumsy on my own two feet but when I ride my horse I feel like I finally belong, as if that is where I have always meant to be.

    • Sandi Wyszynski says:

      Hi and so true!! When I sit in the saddle it’s as if I were born there!!! It’s just such a feeling of complete wholeness!!! It’s in our blood!!

  31. I wished I had a farm, I live in a town house…but I believe this to be true, my children are grown up and I am a grandmother, but I love photography and have a friend that shared your blog post. This is my spring project to get kids out with horses and do some fun photography as well. What a way to capture the love of horses and the natural beauty of the outdoors. Thank you for inspiring me to go ahead and do this…I am getting exciting just the thoughts of this 🙂

  32. My daughters are 10 and 5 – we bought them a pony just under a year ago. We’ve watched him settle and their bonds start to grow – from the ground up. My 10 year old is growing in love, patience and confidence. Learning important skills – like picking feet – but applying herself to them as if they were massive goals. Learning it is ok to be nervous and still take a deep breath and carry on picking that hoof.. or trying to put the headcollar on for the tenth time in the field.. that she will get there, and smile when she does. It’s lovely to watch and your post reminds me of so many more benefits to come. Amazing photography too!

  33. Tracy Zinn says:

    Too bad this is titled for girls. My son loves horses more than anything and I hope it is something we can bring to his life.

  34. Amy Dutzmann says:

    I agree! My mom had horses so she knew what it can do. My parents were divorced when I was 4 and the horses were sold. It didn’t stop me from wanting one. I took lessons and would do anything to be with one. I got to lease one when I was 11 and bought my “one” when I was 12. I worked at the age of 14 to help pay for him. I didn’t have a good home life and moved out young. I leased him out and those were my crazy years. I got him back in two years and he straighted me out. I credit him with my life. I had him for 21 years and have the best memories of my life with him. To the love of my life Play Boy!

  35. Holly says:

    Therapy! My parents were divorced and constantly fighting, so ridding was where I went to think and get away. I miss having a horse in my life and would probably be less emotional, angry frustrated and depressed if I did. Also, had no interest in boys growing up as I was to busy training my horses. I never felt the need to fit in cause everyone was jealous I had a horse.

  36. flyinghorsefarm says:

    Reblogged this on Flying Horse Farm and commented:
    Sophie Callahan hits it on the head! Horses teach us so much about responsibility, money, patience, compassion, goal-setting and ultimately independence. Plus it’s great exercise! If your daughter is interested in riding, be glad!

  37. Steve Miller says:

    Speaking from a dad’s point of view (I’m sure mom’s too have this interest), is it keeps our girls way from the boys also. I have talked to many of the older girls and parents about this “benefit” of having the our young girls involved with ponies (they are all ponies to me). When they find the love they seek in their horses, they tend not to look elsewhere for attention to fill that void. The horse gives to them, as much as they give to the horses they love. Its a wonderful thing to see but I dread the day one of my girls horses has to be put down. I guess its still easier to coach them through that then a pregnancy, STD or some boy breaking her heart. I guess one day I’ll see. For now, delaying the start or intensity of a relationship with my daughter is worth every penny beyond the additional mentioned benefits.

  38. Tammy Husar says:

    if you don’t buy your daughter a horse when she is young, she will grow up and move next door and have 7. 😊

  39. cyndeer says:

    You didn’t mention…horses are cheaper than a teen pregnancy, or drug rehab, or even weekends at the mall.

  40. Katrina says:

    Horses brought consciousness to my life. They showed me that patience is necissary even when I still face issues with patience… They have humbled me and showed me the truth about who I really am many times. Shay my 30 year old gelding is my childhood horse of almost 22 years. I was 11 when he came to be with me. The best $2000 I ever spent. He has seen me at many different levels of best from 0-10. I’ve screwed up royally with him a lot but have given him more quality me in recent years. Can you imagine being born angry? That was me.. Shay helped to save me even when I was less than desirable to be around. He struggled too but together we found friendship, love and truth. All girls would benefit from having a horse. My husband Dave loves Shay and that is what helped to seal that he was the man for me. So give the gift of a horse to your girl. Let the horse show her the truth about who she really is. A true gift from God.

  41. Chen says:

    I loved the read, and I feel I do have one to add!

    They teach you to love unconditionally, and to understand that even if they do something to hurt you, they didn’t mean it. They teach you that you don’t do everything right, and they teach you commitment for better or for worse. I can’t say how many times I’ve wanted to throw my hands up in frustration because myself, or my horse just didn’t *get* something. But they teach you to put a lot of hard work into the things you think are worth it, because they’re worth it. When it boils down to it, they’re better mentors in teaching a person how to be human than most people are.

  42. Leslie says:

    Pressed the “share” button on my FB page. And thank you for the idea to embellish a brow band with roses.

  43. George Stewart says:

    I am a poor old man who spent so many years taking girls to pony clubs sporting events and the like not one was my flesh and blood but my wife is a horsey gurl and she had over 20 and so to get them worked we advertised for young kids to ride them we supplied everything and saw some of those girls go from 8 yrs old to now some are 30 breaks my heart when i think of the cost BUT every one of those girls calls me dad and their children call me poppy george so now I have to buy bloody xmas and birthday presents for them all and they ( the kids) know which door has icecreams in it for them when the come for a ride and visit me on weekends sad life I live lol

    • Phyllis Carey says:

      Wow, What a read I have had this evening . Every word said is all true . 14 comments just today . I am sharing the post I read today . I am 76 yr old . I no longer ride. Had to put down my 25 yr old arabian mare just recently — broke my heart —- I needed another and
      downsized to a welsh mountain pony to be a companion to my mini and to me. When I read George Stewart’s comment ( March 4 2015 ) that just overwhelmed me . Tears fell and I just had to comment . . Ladies

      We have the winner of the day . Thanks George . Your wife is a lucky woman !

    • Heather says:

      Bless your precious heart…. I was tearing up last night thinking of my grandpa. He died when I was eight, suddenly. He taught me checkers and how to look through binoculars,how to shoot a BB gun and took me for walks :). He loved me, I was crying because I wished I could tell him I knew he loved me. I inherited the horsey girl (gurl) gene, and passed it on to my girls. Thank you “Poppy George” your wife and those girls know they are loved. Hugs from across the pond.

    • Charles Todd says:

      Bless you GS.My husband supported me bless his soul. He grew up on a farm. An worked as a wrangler at one time. The GIFFER was also the reason www:was gifted to public domain. It happened so fas never got to do an in memory. But bless you Todd. We made the correct decision. To your memory.
      And Bless you GS

  44. Katy Cherry says:

    I have had a pony since I was five, and now I still have him and two mares. They are the most expensive sport/hobby/lifestyle in the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I live out in the bush, so don’t know very many people. My horses are always there, and hearing them call me in the mornings is the best feeling in the world.

  45. Sally says:

    I agree with Melissa.. Every argument you’ve written applies equally to sons.

  46. Colleen Daniels says:

    Absolutely love this. All 100% true. We grew up with horses and have had them in my life ever since. We are also lucky enough to be able to give the same to our two children who have two horses each. More than enough to keep them busy. And when they are not riding their ponies they ride at the riding school up the road.

  47. heidibillmayer says:

    This is fantastic! So well written and so true! I can’t imagine a life without horses and I thank my lucky stars every day that I was fortunate enough to grow up in a horse focused family. So many lessons learned about life from my horses and so many unique experiences. I’m going to link this blog article into a post I wrote a while ago on my blog about lessons learned and experiences I had growing up with horses. Hope that is ok! I really love this. Thank you for wonderful reading! http://equineenthusiasm.com/horses-past-lessons-taught-trip-neigh-mory-lane/

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  49. Adrienne says:

    Reblogged this on Becoming a Country Girl and commented:
    …anyone want to contribute to a pony for Sarah? 😉 someday I inagibe this may very well be in the future for us.

  50. Angela Turner says:

    Brilliant article and so true! My mum was an Irish farmers daughter and had been around horses all her life so I was used to sitting on a horse before I could even walk!! My Mum and Dad would definitely agree with what you say but the main advantage was I had no interest in boys in my teenage years….I was too in love with horses to even notice boys! Well written and totally honest! X

  51. Kay Callahan says:

    If you, as a young girl/woman can handle a beast that weighs 1,000 to 2,000 pounds – you can handle yourself anywhere.

  52. Sheri E. says:

    All of these are spot on!! My father would argue that the biggest benefit was that it kept me away from boys, because the barn was only full of girls just as horse crazy as me.

  53. Janelle Thomss says:

    I’m a cancer survivor and when I was so sick and spaced out I could go out and hug my horses and just smell them and feel better.

  54. Renee Taylor says:

    Agree with article but wonder why it’s limited to daughters? My two sons LOVE horses at the ages of 2 and 4 and can’t wait to ride one day.

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  56. Angelique says:

    I wish more parents would read this and agree. Everything you said is true and so much more. I grew up within a family filled with horses. My grandparents bred and raised Egyptian Arabians. From the time I was able to sit up by myself I was riding. My first pony was a welsh mountain when I was 2. Then when I was 10 my pappy gave me my very own Egyptian Arabian mare. She was my life, my everything. Every weekend and all summer long I spent with her. She taught me so many things and was my best friend. 3 months after getting her I lost my best friend, she was murdered at the age of 11. My mare was the only thing that got me through it. 6 months after that I lost my grandfather (not the one that gave me my mare). Again I was devastated. She again was there through it all with me. Then 8 months after I lost my nanny. The farm wasnt the same without her but again my mare was there. Then 7 months after my nan my pap decided to follow my nan into heaven. Again my mare was there and again allowed me to hug and cry all over her as she hugged me back with her neck and head. Then the trouble really started. There was a huge family feud. In the end all of the Arabians were sold off. My mother tried to save my made but unfortunately my grandfather didn’t actually give me a bill of sale stating he gave me the mare. My aunt, being money hungry, sold my mare and all of the other ones. My mother had no control over it. She fought for me to keep her yet to no avail. My aunt was the power of attorney and had full say. My mare was worth over $15000. She gave us the option to buy her. My mother could not, being a single mom of 2. Within 3 years I lost everything that ever mattered to me. Times then took a turn for the worse. With no discipline, no direction, no friend I turned from a wonderful kid with straight A’s to a kid that skipped school and didn’t do homework. When I hit 15 I started doing drugs and drinking and hanging out with all the wrong people. If I still had that mare I’m sure I wouldn’t of done those things (I wouldn’t of had time). 17 years old came and I actually graduated. But I thought to hell with college at that point. I floated throughout life from 17 to 22. In and out of trouble. Doing any drug I could get my hands on. All the time I would daydream of happier days with my mare, my family and the farm. I would cry sometimes, wondering how life would of been different if I’d of been allowed to keep her and pursue my dream of a career with horses. (I cry as I write this, remembering these dark days are hard for me). When I was 21 I had an overdose. I almost died. My mom made me move back home when I got out of the hospital. Those first few weeks were horrible. All I did was stare out the window to my room and cry at everything I did wrong. Then in day my dad picked me up to take me to dinner. I sted of dinner he drove me to a friends horse ranch. His best friend married a woman with a horse ranch and they had 30+ horses. It was beautiful pulling in . I actually had a smile on my face. I felt like a little kid with my face plastered to the window. (I was 21 lol). He introduced me to the owner and the rest of the story is nothing but happiness. The owner had went through addiction herself before. She asked me to please co.e and volunteer anytime, any day, as much as I want. I’m now almost 32 been drug free for 10+ years and I’m still there. I train her horses and also have clients of my own now. I do trail rides and give riding lessons. I even have 2 horses of my own . A quarter horse and an Egyptian Arabian gelding (a son to that very same mare). So I hope and pray that more parents will say yes to that horse that their child wants. They teach love, compassion, patience, and hardwork. They help in so many ways. I can’t imagine where I would be right now without them. I thank God everyday for blessing the world with horses.

  57. anette says:

    Had a boss once who said that he rather hire a horsey because they are better workers and find solutions to problems themselves unlike non horseys

  58. Lindsey says:

    I wish I had the opportunity to do this when I was a little girl. I did for a split few months but my parents just couldn’t afford it anymore (only one horse lesson hunter barn in Savannah Ga at the time) So i went back to dreaming, drawing, and wondering why no boys liked me. Pretty pitiful haha. But my parents were not mean people. I love them to death and I respect them so much and thank them everyday for everything they have done for me. In return I became very successful in my art and now I am a successful graphic designer/oil painter/ and photographer. Of course my main subjects are of the equine type 😉 Because I got a full scholarship to my college and kept it throughout my four years of college, my father finally gave in just a smidge and decided to reward me by helping me find a riding facility that I could take lessons at…Welp that just opened a can of worms in a good way. I got hooked yet again, instead on eventing and dressage, and the lessons fundage turned into leasing a horse plus lesson fundage. hahahaha. Now I have a horse of my own and I am 24yrs old and I still can care less about boys and fickle friends. I now have an amazing fiance who is there even when I spend most of my time and money with my horse. He cheers me on! I love him to death and I cheer him on in his dream to get his pilot license. I also have true friends of all different ages that will always be there for me if I ever need them, whoim I have met within the equine community. I wish parents would be more open to this. It is so much more beneficial to have an opportunity like this. And if your child decides they don’t like horses anymore, then that just wasn’t their thing, but don’t push them to be something they are not. And sell their horse. By truly going through the sale of the horse, that’s when you can tell if it’s just a rebellious phase they are going through or if they really do love the hobby 😉

  59. Joellen says:

    Horses may be expensive but they are cheaper than Lawyers, Bail money, drug rehab, Psychiatrists, or a teen pregnancy and a lot of other things I probably haven’t thought of. Back in the 1960’s, my sisters and I bought our first horse from a local horse trader with our babysitting money, and without telling our parents. It was quite the moment when the second month board was due and we had to tell them because we were out of money. They let us keep him anyway, and all four of us have owned horses ever since. That first little horse got quite a work out between the four of us but he was the gamest little guy we’ve ever owned. I credit horses with getting me into the US Navy as the first female helicopter pilot in 1974. Those were the days before interscholastic sports for girls and my athletic fitness came from competing in combined training events. Not only was I strong from riding, but from shoveling stalls and loading hay, and pictures of me over cross country fences convinced them I had courage and a certain devil-may-care quality that is prized in Naval Aviators. I was lucky enough to have a daughter who also has the horsey bug and she is now a third year veterinary student and plans to be an equine vet. I am not sure what my life would have been like without horses but I am quite sure it would not have been as fun and rich as it has been.

  60. Hannah says:

    Oh my goodness so very true. I am a 17 year old horse lover and the past two months I have had off riding due to a bad fall off one of my, still beloved, horses, which left me with three fractures in my back. After the incident people were asking me if I was going to sell my boy…umm NO WAY!! There is a special bond between myself and both my horses and even though I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve fallen off each of them, I will still dust myself off, tears in my eyes and climb back on (not sure if i’m crazy or just stubborn), mind you I was no shape to even get off the ground when I broke my back. But I’m finally allowed to ride this weekend and am absolutely dying to get back in the saddle, and I fully intend to ride the one that bucked me off again, though I’m not looking forward to how my legs are going to cope after so long out of it lol.
    Wish me luck 😉

  61. Dawn says:

    Growing up I found myself completely in love with horses. I wanted one more than anything, but my parents were not very well off. We lived in apartments all my life and never had the money for lessons, much less a horse. I had an opportunity in high school to volunteer on a ranch that also helped with the special Olympics for children. It only fueled my love for horses more, now as an adult I still haven’t given up on my dream. I am determined to one day have a horse of my own, and when I have children, I hope to be able to get one for them too if that is what they want.

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  63. Pam says:

    I grew up loving horses, although I never did get one. I had a cousin who had a horse and he always would let me ride his, and as I grew up I did have a friend that had horses and we rode a couple times, but that was it. Once I did get to ride a real race horse and what a ride I had. He was the tallest horse I had ever seen and the ride was like flying in the wind and such a free feeling. As I got older I had a friend that let us come on a couple trail rides, and that was awesome, but as of today I have not been on another horse. I love them so much and they are such wonderful animals, I loved the soft touch of there nose.
    I am one who did not get the horse and ended up pregnant at 17. Married three times, divorced three times. Needless to say I had a pretty crazy life. I do have four wonderful children and one of them is a girl who followed my footsteps as far as loving horses. She doesn’t have a horse either but she spent many years schooling to become a registered nurse, RN. I hope someday she can have the chance to have that horse, or maybe she is ok with where she is. I was a single mom for many years and raised those kids mostly on my own, so I was busy working full time, running after school for basketball, baseball, football, Boy scouts, girl scouts, etc….
    So just a quick thought for the parents out there thinking about getting that horse, if you can afford, do it, no if ands or buts about it. I know it would have made a big difference in my life.

  64. I found they helped me with my mothering and nurturing, especially of my newborns.
    All those years of being acutely attuned to my horses’ every move, helped me as I was also really attuned to my babies’ body language. Every move our horse makes, from pricked ears, to flat ears to flared nostrils to tail swishes, to sclera eyes to donkey stances….they all tell the story of what our horse is feeling. Then we ‘read’ our horses through our bodies when we ride them as well. I found I was a very tuned in mother to my children, responding to them BEFORE most people would have even realised as I was attuned to their body language.
    I am also a newborn photographer and this helps me immensely….if I had a $1 for every client that is amazed that I sense what is wrong with their baby and am right 90% of the time. No different than all of those years of paying attention to my horses lol. Your work is beautiful by the way.
    They also prepare you for the rigours of motherhood. We must put our horse’s welfare first right! Hot long day at a comp and you see to your horse before you even contemplate getting yourself comfy and fed! Wasn’t such a huge shock to put my baby first, I’d been doing it with my horses for years 🙂
    And don’t forget thinking about ‘training our horses’ and ‘training our children’. When we come across a training problem or behavioural problem with our horses, we stop to try and work out a) what the cause of the problem is likely to be, and b) how to handle and overcome and teach our horses to trust and accept our judgement in a kind and sensible fashion. No different to parenting a child. There is always a reason why they react a certain way and they need to trust that we will kindly guide them through.
    On so many levels, horses are amazing for daughters, sons, mothers, fathers….everyone really!!

  65. Mariana says:

    Same here. I have always been in love with horses and their beauty, and my dad always said there isn’t any way we can support a horse. But now I ride, and I’ve been begging for a horse so long. Time will make my dream come true…

  66. Buy a horse? You mean ADOPT a horse because there are thousands going to slaughter because people buy instead of adopt. Rescue Me has a horse rescue site just for horses in need of help or a new home. Save a life, don’t buy one, adopt please.

  67. Audrey Duke says:

    Give them a horse and you don’t have to worry so much about boys!

  68. Linda says:

    Even though I attended horse camps often when I was young, my parents never opted for a horse for me. Where was this post 35 years ago?! 🙂
    My favorite line, “something incredibly soothing and therapeutic about a therapy session with your horse,” is true for me until this day! Someday I’ll make my own wish come true!

  69. Robert says:

    I agree with most of the reasons. There are two that I have a problem with, horses in the usa are very expensive so I can’t agree with them on teaching the value of money and keeping them out of trouble I have been around to many horse shows to believe that!!!

  70. Melaney says:

    My horses are the reason I’m alive. I was depressed and suicidal for a while and the only thing at that time that kept me from ending my life were my horses. They’re amazing therapists!

  71. rae ann says:

    My daughter started with a weekly riding lesson at 7. Now 18 and has owned 3 horses she is attending an Ivy League college. I know she will be successful from everything her horses taught her!

  72. James Roscoe says:

    Great article. I’m all for it, so long as you buy the horse, and pay for it’s housing, food, and vet bills.

  73. Sheila says:

    Totally agree with the top ten and also believe that unconditional love should be squeezed in!

  74. Aussie dad says:

    Aussie dad,
    I have two girls started from 2 now in their 20’s. We are a very committed horse family, lots of stories after about 15 horses. there was a comment about a girls horse becoming her partner or husband. Suggest no 11, theachs a girl how to manage men – nether listen very well, respond well to food, like a soft touch and respond when prodded in the right spots!

  75. Ingrid says:

    Both me and my man have grown up with horses and we have now 11 horses together. Both our children got their own horse on their 1 year birthday. Our daughter, Saga 6years old , have now a 5 year old stallion and my boy get his foal 18march on is 1year old birthay 💓🐴 i really hope they are ceeping the interest growing up. Greetings from norway 👋

  76. yankeemike says:

    Wonderful article!!! My daughter is an avid horse rider and I cannot say enough about how wonderful this hobby has been for her.

  77. Michael H says:

    My daugher is 12 years old and definitely horse crazy. She’s been riding for a few years now and truly enjoys it. She just did her second competition at Jumpers/Hunters and did very well. Don’t worry, I’m not here to brag (well, she did get a couple of blue ribbons and a reserved championshiip…sorry, couldn’t help it). 🙂 But, as a single, full-time dad, I struggle with the balance between all of the wonderful comments/reasons I’ve seen here and the incredible financial burden this will have for many years to come. Luckily, she’s at a farm that provides a horse to ride. Yet, I do see the benefit of having her own horse. The issue is the cost and transportation. Getting her to the farm during the week is the issue. Her trainer said that she will make sure the horse is well taken care of during the week (she’s fantastic). But, is a weekend-owned horse still a good thing for a 12 year old or should we wait a couple more years? Please let me know your thoughts. Your guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  78. Birgitte Balle Sørensen says:

    Studies done here in Denmark (and in Sweden as well) shows that horsey girls tend to get a better and higher education, are more often employed as leaders and managers and as a result earning higher wages. On the opposite there is a lower risk of horsey girls being abused (if you can handle 600 kg horse, you can sure handle 80 kg man!), becoming any kind of addict (addiction to horses exclded) and/or being unemployed for longer periods (with all the expenses on the horse, they can’t afford to be 🙂 )
    And to parents with boys: A similar study has not been made on horsey boys, but as a horsey “girl” (I am 51 and has been riding since I was 5) it is my experience that the same goes for the boys.
    And just for the record, my parents couldn’t afford a horse, so I rode school horses until I was 13 and old enough to make my own money to pay for a lease).
    So I strongly recommend every parent to give their children – be they girls og boys – the wonderful experience of having horses in their life 🙂

  79. Reblogged this on thelawsonponies and commented:
    A really good blog post on why you should buy your kids (it says daughter but ponies are just as good for boys) a horse.

  80. Simone says:

    I was talking to one of the Dads at the yard a few weeks ago. I’d never met him before but knew his wife and daughter well… Both had horses… Between them 5 in total.
    I said to him how lovely his daughter was and complemented him… He said to me. I bought her a horse when she was old enough so she could have some alone time with her mum. Best thing I ever did. At 16 she is here. With her horse with Her mother and a nice group of supportive people who watch out for her like she’s their own.
    She could be shooting up on a street corner someplace. The overtime to afford the horses is so worth it.
    I know my little girl is level headed and confident, has people who care and is not getting in trouble.
    Every parents goal…

    I thought to myself wow never thought of it like that. This article is exactly he was getting at.

  81. Darlene says:

    Mine wouldn’t let me date. Every time I had a boy around the barn or horse show that I was interested in, he would either embarrass me or act like a jerk and get between us if we were hanging out. I could hang out with my female friends just fine, but if I was even seen walking beside a guy, he would snort and act like an idiot.

  82. David Tapke says:

    Nearly everything I have read here is the absolute truth. My daughter spent a lot of her time with her horses, she picked up a lot of responsibility and knowledge of life. To be able to enter nearly all of the 4H programs, we ended up buying another horse. And being Dad, I admit I probably enjoyed the horses as much as she did, Especially Ultra Brite, If we only knew as much as that horse did, we would have had much more fun. Dad
    Oh, and the other hand, her two sisters managed to sneek in a ride occasionaly.

  83. Geri Hill says:

    This article is so right!! I read most of these posts and I see myself in a lot of them. I was thrown on a horse at age 2 by my papa and still have them at 59. I was taught to be very responsible, tough (if I fell off I got back on and no crying) but kind and it is still there! I love the immunity part I ate and shared my meals with many animals. Just love, love, love this made my day!!

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  85. Jen says:

    I love horses so much! I’ve owned probably over 30 in my short life. I’m fifteen and I just got put in the foster care system and I find horses a great way for coping with my problems. I would gladly reccomend horses to any one! Thanks to all who love horses just as much as I do!

  86. Jay says:

    I’ve been riding for 10 years now (Probably solidly about 8)
    My mum had a terrible accident when we had horses of our own (I was 7) – her horse Spirit spooked and she fell off, moments before getting the peak of her riding helmet kicked into her forehead by him, millimetres further and it could have left her with brain damage. I was sat watching on my little chestnut as this unfolded and it was horrific and at least to say it put my mum off riding and I was very wary of horses.
    And now I’m at 15 years old and I regret not appreciating my horse as much when I had him as now I would LOVE to have a horse again!
    Thank you for the article I will definitely show it to my mum in the hope of being able to buy one soon, hopefully this summer :3

  87. Kyra McLean says:

    Hi Sophie, my name is Kyra I am ten and going to eleven in two months, anyway i started horse back riding three weeks ago and i loved it and so last saturday i had my first lesson and my mom and my instuctor said i was doing so good that now my mom wants to get me a horse and we are new with all of this and dont know how or where to get a horse. So with your exsperence we want to know if you have any advice that we could use?

    • Emily Iannuzzi says:

      Hi Kyra, I’m not Sophie but I still have some advice, being a young horse-owner myself. Usually you would wait longer after starting lessons to get your own horse (I waited 5 years), that way you are very experienced and prepared. But if you want a horse now, and your instructor approves, then look for a calm, relaxed, beginners horse. I know you’re 11, but you have not ridden a lot and a green or hot horse could severely damage your confidence, or you could be seriously injured in an accident due to lack of experience (read shattered leg due to horse falling on it). Make sure the horse is fully trained and not sensitive, so it is like a lesson horse. A horse that is trained more than a lesson horse, one that is very sensitive to cues, is not what you want. A horse like that would respond to your every mistake, even weight aids! Be sure that you have your instructor go see the horse and approve it. The horse should not be too big or too small, be in a good condition, and have well cared-for hooves. He should stand tied and lead nicely, and stand still while you mount. He should never invade your personal space. He should also be exposed to many things (cars, tractors, plastic bags, cones…) If he is a nice, polite horse, who is well-trained but not over sensitive, and is not spooky, then he should be a nice mount. Have a vet come out and do a vet-check on the hose you are looking to buy. If the owners won’t let you do a vet check, that is an extremely bad sign, and you should shy away from that horse, no matter how nice and healthy he might seem on the outside. And make sure he is up-to-date on all his vaccines and dewormers, and he has a Coggins! A Coggins is a test for Equine Infectious Anemia, and on it (it is a paper) is proof of ownership and a signature by the vet that your horse was negative for Equine Infectious Anemia. A negative Coggins (a Coggins saying that your horse was negative for EIA) is required for shows and can be used to prove that your horse actually belongs to you. It has a description of the horse and pictures showing the horse’s appearance.

      As for where to buy a horse. Do NOT go to auctions, because you would have to assess the horse’s whole personality in under a minute without even getting near the horse. Auction buying should be left to extremely experienced horse people looking for a training experience. Looking online, on places such as craigslist, could be an option. Facebook is a particularly good way to find a horse. The best way to find a horse though, would be to buy one locally that you learned about through word of mouth. Your instructor might have some for sale or know someone who does. This is the best, safest, most reliable way to find a horse. To buy the horse, your parents will pay and sign a contract transferring ownership to them. It’s that simple.

      Please be sure about the commitment you make when you buy your horse. He is an animal, a living creature, who has a mind and trusts you and is devoted to you, no matter if he is a naughty pony or expensive warmblood. It would be unfair to buy a horse, then sell it again. He is one-half of your team, too. Owning the horse will be, more likely than not, a life long commitment, and you will have to pay for so much more than the horse. You have to pay vet bills, farrier bills, purchase dewormers, a saddle, a bridle, reins, a bit, a girth, saddle pads, maybe a breastplate. You will have to buy brushes, shampoos, supplements, a halter, a lead rope, saddle soap, saddle oil, clippers. Blankets and sheets, and masks and fly sheets, which, more than likely, your horse will rip and you’ll have to buy new ones! That’s not even half of it, and most things you have to buy over and over, such as fly spray and hoof conditioner. And you will have to care for your horse with upmost respect, and treat him like you would another human being WITHOUT babying him and letting him take advantage of you. This is difficult but crucial. Horses require a lot of patience, and you will be stuck with your horse, even if you are so tired of him you wish you could ride another. And during that time, because all horse owners reach it at one point or another (it eventually goes away though), you STILL have to treat him fairly and stay calm, even in your body language, otherwise it could ruin the relationship. Your horse will be loyal to you, so you must return to him that same loyalty. So, would you? If not, and if your parents aren’t committed, you should not get a horse. It would be unkind to the horse.

  88. Emily I says:

    Yes, horse riding is so wonderful, and I could care less about fashion or boys. Most boys hate horses, so… big deterrent. Not like I would need a guy anyway, I have my geldings. And it really either a) gives you confidence (“I’m not scared of you, I’ve held my own against a 1,200 lbs animal as stubborn as a boar), or b) brings you down a notch (“But my horse will only comply if he wants too, I can’t force it, I can only be patient and help him or take the time to correct him and/or reprimand him). Whatever you need that day. And it teaches you to have patience, so much patience, and to enjoy life as it happens and not rush. You live for now. Horses are the best thing that’s happened since the beginning of the world.

  89. As a girl learns to ride, work with, and care for a horse, she changes. Even the shyest, most timid girl becomes empowered. When a girl knows that she can tell a thousand pound animal what to do, she’s not going to let a boy tell her what to do!

    Buy your daughters horses!

  90. Laura Anne says:

    I grew up with two sets of rules: first, “Any C’s and you can’t ride; any D’s and I’m selling your horses,” and, second, “Any drugs, sex or alcohol, and your horses are gone.” My mom hated how dangerous a sport jumping was, and was adamant that my grades be good, and that I not be under the influence of a romantic relationship or a substance – both of which she saw as potentially dangerously affecting my concentration whilst flatting, and, especially, jumping. I qualified for the equitation finals, as well as Indoors and Devon many times, even earning ribbons at these incredibly competitive shows. I was bullied at school, but I had fast friends in my riding peers. I was not handed designer clothing, or bedroom redos like my peers at school – but my mom gave me a choice: the next horse show or the next designer “look” (yes, I always picked the show!). I’m now 43, and pay the board and show bills, and I thought about his hard it must have been for my single mother to watch her daughter chase a dream, yes, replete with success, but also filled with many, many let-downs. So, I asked her several years ago why she let me do all I did. My siblings were all ten years or more older than me, so I was almost an only child with aunts when I was younger, and my mom said this was partly what allowed her to do it – the fact she was “only” raising one minor child at the time, and, also, because my parents lost their eldest child, and only son, three years before I was born, and that she knew what it was like to have the possibility of not achieve your dreams, and she thought that she could help me achieve mine, as I had many childhood riding goals and dreams. I can never thank her enough for all she did for me – swallowing her fear, all the lessons, shows, driving, flying, hotels, financial commitment, you name it. She did everything to make my dream come true as a child/adolescent, and they did come true!

  91. s.b. says:

    All of these points easily apply to adult daughters as well. I started riding at the age of 43 and got my first horse when I was 46. Having my mare has made me a better, healthier (yes, I too eat after mucking), fitter and more confident person. I cried into her mane when I got engaged and cried in it again three years later when the fiance said, “it’s me or the horse”. Guess who won!

  92. Alena says:

    Just one look at your new best fried, and you cannot doubt that God exists!

  93. Rachel says:

    I don’t know about anyone else but being around horses helps me relieve my anxiety or stress whenever I have a stressful day at school all I think about how much better I feel when I walk in the horse barn

  94. phoenix says:

    i just read all the post and comments about horses, i ve always been a lover of animals especially horses but unfortunately i couldn’t get one because i live in Nigeria and its impossible to get one so am hoping to get one in the future, so pray i get one!!!!!!

  95. Robin Campbell says:

    My parents also insisted I support my horse with my part-time job earnings. I worked in a donut shop during high school, really early hours on the weekends so I could still ride. What i found out recently was that my DENTAL bills from working in the donut shop were way more than it would have cost my parents to pay for the horse expenses…..but a foundational lesson for ME.

  96. Robin says:

    Reblogged this on http://www.TheDigitalHorse.com and commented:
    This is awesome!

  97. Lee says:

    The cost is pretty high but its still cheaper than bail!!!

  98. LaClaire says:

    My sister and I grew up with horses since our Mother is a knowledgable horaeman and educator. Mother, listed in Who’s Who in Horsedom on merit with her childhood wins, gave us all of equine opportunities we wanted. She raises quality ASB horses, trained them and ponies (started young) and helping her while having fun I was able to win a state level 4-H essay contest and won a Morgan yearling horse.. My sister and I have been successful on multiple levels of competitions in muliple divisions including the World Championships on our homebreds. My sister won a National Championship in the driving division again with our homebred. Both of us learned young in life that staying focus with hard consistent work pays off and it seldom is instance gradification. Mother has expressed what so many expressed above and more. When she developed the equestrian program at our farms, she has it so all “girls” and “boys”, most ages including pre-school and seniors, can experience an equine life with supportive parents. My Uncle is a very successful photographer who developed an eye for timing action shots by taking pictures of Mother training horses and ponies as a child. Thanks to horses he got a shot of the football player performance others could not get. He became Head Photographer at Virginia Tech his freshman year. Horses is a great family sport since they can be ridden and driven. It really helps with driving a car to be a cool driver, who has developed quick analysis, decision making under pressure, and developed fast reaction without over reaction. Mother has avoided from being involved in wrecks by quick thinking. She gives Jesus credit and that is true, but horses developed skills she implemented. BTW this is the best time to start riding in lessons or preparing for next year’s safe fun with a new mount. For more information about horses and our farm programs visit http://www.sundancemanorfarms.com.

  99. Kira says:

    I agree I’m 12 years oldand I was getting in trouble at school yes I had a horse but I sadly couldn’t see him much but my dad made me move schools and I moved houses BUT my horse was at my house soon I had started breaking him in etc so he needed a lot of time spent with him now he’s going along very nicely he’s my best friend and we have 2 ponies and 2 horses and we are getting another horse yes I absolutely hate it without my friends at my new school (loner)! But I have horses they are keeping me going there are a lot of things going on in my life it’s one BIGGGGG emotional roller coaster mums and dad’s out there if your children are anything like me or even different but them a horse it will teach them heaps just make sure you have an experienced horsey person there horses can be expensive and they need a lot more care than a small pet such as dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits etc

  100. Athena says:

    Hey
    I really love horses and actually
    i almost grew up with them my aunt had 4 horses and i
    Helped her almost every day my parents won’t let me buy
    A horse because they say it is to expensive and i just can’t
    Help my self i know almost everything there is to know about
    Horses i also watch these seasons called heartland i love them
    I learn a lot from those seasons you are definitely not gonna read this
    But i just wanted to ride this sorry for wasteing your time to read this

    Athena

  101. Evie Koepke says:

    When our two oldest sons were 6 and 7 their dad and I went to look for a pony, Needless to say we came home with a pony, a yearling and a large horse. That was 50 some years ago. Ever since then I’ve never looked back and have owned many different horses. I’m am 76 years young and my 2 horses (8 and 28) are my therapy. Got the 28 year old when he was a yearling and he has always understood what I say and do. He is still going strong.
    They know how I feel when ever I get on their backs. Love riding with friends and by myself and enjoy the beauty of the country. Hope I can ride until I get Old. Love my horses.
    Love all the work that involves taking care of them and I think in return they love me.

  102. Cheetah120 says:

    Oh my goodness i am so showing my mum and dad this website!
    I am a 12 year old and i love horses. I get lessons at yarra brae riding school and i am learning cantering. My family has mostly grown up with horses, and it would be awesome if i could aswell. Horses are very expensive but it is worthit!
    Having a horse is a big help with all those things you said above, and they are a way of passing time. Horses are beautiful animals tht come in all shapes and sizes. I would LOVE a horse of my own. My sister is getting a horse and i am very excited to ride it with her. she has done lots of riding and she grew up with them.
    like i said before i am showing my parents this website and hopfuly they might consider getting me one!
    Thanks again for this website and it is really helpfull!
    Horse Lover

  103. Kayla says:

    Hi I used to ride horse when i was little but I love theirs no question about them whether if you don’t like them at all their still good for your children even if their a boy.

  104. Cheetah120 says:

    Wow, i wish it was that easy to persuade my parents :C

  105. Jennifer Yacoub says:

    Beautiful article. I am happy to say that this Christmas, our 13 year old daughter will be the owner of a horse. She’s been riding since she was 6 at different stables, and now rides this sweet, gentle giant, and these two are a match made in heaven. Signing the papers this Friday, and the other boarders will have a surprise celebration for her. I am going to make sure she works toward her board! She is so happy around horses!

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