Has your teenage daughter been pestering you for a horse? At first, your answer may have been a resounding ‘no’ but now that she has asked for the millionth time, you are actually contemplating the idea. If this sounds familiar, the decision to go ahead and buy a horse for your teenager is not as bad as it may seem. In fact, there are many benefits associated with this. With that in mind, read on to discover the different reasons why your teenage daughter should own a horse.
Horses teach responsibility – There is only one place to begin, and this is with the fact that a horse will build responsibility, as is the case with any pet. Your horse is going to depend on your daughter for its basic needs, including exercise. Your horse will also depend on your daughter to drink, eat, and have shelter. In terms of shelter, this is another element you may be concerned about, so it is worth looking at mobile field shelters, as they offer a good alternative to the norm. Again, this is something your daughter will be responsible for, so you should engage her in all decisions so that she realises the horse is her pet and her responsibility.
It helps her to become responsible with money – Yes, horses are expensive, which is part of the drawback. However, your daughter should be responsible for a bit of this. There is no denying that you are going to need to assist your daughter financially, but at the same time, there is no way that you should be footing the entire bill. Before you go ahead with purchasing a horse, you need to put together a system that will determine who pays for what.
It will keep your daughter out of trouble – The final reason why you should consider getting your daughter a horse is a good one, and this is the fact that it will keep her out of trouble. While your daughter is busy in the barn and riding the horse, she has much less time to get into trouble and do all of the bad things that typical teenagers do. If there is one thing that gives a rise to bad behaviour, it is boredom. Well, your daughter certainly will not have any time to get bored if she is looking after a horse. For most parents, this is definitely one of the best benefits and most compelling reasons to go ahead with purchasing a horse for their teenage daughter.
As you can see, there are many different benefits that are associated with owning a horse. Not only does it help your daughter to learn more about the value of money and to have a responsibility, but it can ensure that she stays out of trouble too. What’s not to love?
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