Janie Grace Posted January 24, 2012 Share Posted January 24, 2012 Thanks to the generosity of a relative, we can afford horseback riding lessons. Dd12 has had them before (thanks to a different relative) ~ she canters, jumps, etc. She loves it. It has been a real obsession/passion for her... horses all over her room, etc. She has had a break from it for a while (about 5 months) and has moved on to some other interests but any time I bring up sports/exercise, she says she wants to ride. She doesn't know that the relative has offered to pay for lessons (we could not afford them independently) b/c I am not sure if it's the best thing to go there again. I guess my thinking is this... we will never be able to afford to show -- the fees, the outfits, the additional barn time, etc. It feels like learning to ride (at least at this stables and others we've experienced) is geared towards showing. We don't see a rise in income anytime soon. So it feels unwise to set her up to always be sort of... fringe when it comes to riding, if there is another pursuit she could really throw herself into and actually pursue whole hog. Does this make sense? Am I missing something? I want to find something she loves that fits with our family budget. Yes, the relative will pay, but I just know that if dd progresses, it *will* mean $$$ out of our pockets too. I'm torn. Am I crazy to turn down this offer? Should I let her ride just for enjoyment's sake and not worry about the rest? Or are my thoughts of redirection logical? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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