A word to the wise: there are some people out there who are more interested in the profit of the sale than in getting your child the right horse! Horses and riding have the potential to be dangerous. It is much better to be cautious and, if you have doubts, ask for someone with experience to guide you.
That being said, our daughter promptly spent four years working at a stable to earn nearly the $1,200 that it cost her to buy her horse. It think that this is worthy of note, because parents often give kids too much, and then they lose interest. She had invested herself in this pursuit. The work ethic learned will be lifelong. She knows that horses take a lot of care, and she knows how to do it. I was shocked that they actually paid her to learn all that stuff (this would be like attending college and having them pay you). She did work hard and provided valuable service to the owner of the stable. The farrier of the stable also took her under his wing and taught her about shoeing. Kaseyme, her future horse, belonged to him.
Best of all she had a purpose. It was amazing to watch that little girl be so determined. It didn’t all go smoothly. There were a few times that she lost sight of the goal and took a side trip, but, she soon got back on track.
When twelve rolled around, she could hardly wait. Her older cousin already had purchased her horse a few years before, and that only served to spur our girl on toward the goal.
My husband was, at the time, in the process of changing careers, and that was also going to cause a change of address for us. I couldn’t think of moving somewhere that would not allow us to have a place for a horse. After all, she had worked so hard for so long. What were we going to do? While we couldn’t buy the horse, we could find a house with enough property to allow a horse (and chickens would be nice, too, since we had already embarked on that road).
We looked for five months until we found our little gem—Whispering Winds Farm. It wasn’t what we had been looking for in the sense that it was a smaller house and acreage, but the minute that I walked onto the property, God whispered in my ear, “I have set this aside for you.” Then the wind softly caressed my cheek. I knew that we could make a go of it there. We could both make our small farm profitable and be keeping horses on small acerage.
And so 10 days after we moved to our farm, Kayse was brought to his new home. My daughter wrote out the check herself. Later that evening, her comment to her dad and I was, “It took me three years to earn that money and it was gone in two days!”
“Yes, honey, welcome to the world!” her Dad and I replied.