Boarding School or Horse!!!!????

by jk442 ( Hedy )
(London. Soon to be either boarding school or the english countryside!)

Hi, I'm jk442. I've just turned 13, and my parents want to move to the country. I'm totally on board since I'm totally horse-crazy and we live in London (No horse life here!) and they said once we move I can have a horse!

But my dad has said that if I want to, I can go to boarding school - I want to go to Australia, personally - but the catch is I won't be allowed my own horses because it would be too expensive to board and travel with, and there is NO way I would leave my horse in England while i'm in Australia! Mostly because my parents know NOTHING about horses, except I love them, and they don't want to look after my horse all the time.

But I will be going off to college soon - a few years - and I won't be able to look after my horse anyway, my parents really don't like the idea of keeping my horse. And if I go to Australia, or any other hot place you might suggest, will I get smothered by the searing heat? What should I do?!

I know a lot of you would say 'get the horse!' but I'm really torn, so any helpful advice, comments or anything would be helpful! xxxx

P.S I hope I voiced my concerns clearly to you, if not just say and i will clarify. BTW. I hope you have guessed by now that this is not a story! xD xx

I'd be soooooooo glad for any advice because I really don't know what to do. Thank you soooooooo much! xxxxxx <3

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Aug 31, 2012
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Boarding School
by: Anonymous

Many people associate boarding school with adolescence and increasing independence. Often boarding schools are college preparatory environments where high school aged youth get a taste of what it’s like to be away from home, and to have greater freedom and responsibility. However this is by no means always the case.

Aug 02, 2012
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thanks
by: jk442

Thank you!

Jul 27, 2012
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Hi jk442
by: Unicorn

Well done! Have a great time.

Jul 11, 2012
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Horsey boarding school
by: Charlotte Collins( author of Runningwell Equestrian Centre)

Hi, How about a horsey boarding school, which combines both horses and school work meaning that you can get a decent fab education but you can also own a school horse.

I myself do not have the priveledge of a boarding school, instead I attend the local comprehensive in Chelmsford( The Sandon School). There are three horsey boarding schools in the Uk: Millfield in Somerset, Queen Eltheburga in Yorkshire and Stonar in Wiltshire.

Hope this helps Charlotte.

Jul 10, 2012
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The decision...
by: jk442

Thanks for the comments, Unicorn and Katie! It was really helpful to read your thoughts on this. I have decided to stay in England! We found a really great house in Norfolk we are going to see soon, and it has 4 stables!!!!!! Your comments were really, really helpful, so thanks, again! And i'm going to a part 2 to Winterston Park, and see if The Abaco Barb - Part 2 is posted yet. I'll keep you updated on the news! xxxxxx <3

Jul 09, 2012
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get the horse
by: Katie

I suggest you get the horse, because going to boarding school wouldn't benefit that much. I think getting your own horse is the more beneficial because you can go see it for as long as you want, when you want, and you can ride it whenever and wherever you want. Boarding school will limit those possibilities for you and Australia is kind of hot. I live in America but my dad has been to Australia for several winters and summers and the summer is pretty warm and not to mention, people can only live on the coast because the middle of the country is all outback and desert and with searing heat. Plus all the way over there while your parents are in the country of Europe, England? You will probably get home sick pretty quick. Just a thought.

Jul 09, 2012
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Hi jk442
by: Unicorn

Love your stories, by the way! :-) Ouch. Tough situation. There are pros and cons to both options, which is exactly the problem. If you choose the boarding school, you'll be in the country where you want to be, albeit without the horse. However, you might still be able to ride at a stable. It may even be a better idea to learn all about riding and horse care (assuming you haven't already) while you're at school, before getting your own horse.
It would also be pretty heartbreaking if you had to sell your horse before going to college.
On the other hand, if you stayed and had a horse and it was time to go to college, you could lease your horse out to somebody else for a few years.
In the end it's your life, your horse, your family, and your decision. Nobody can make it for you. If I may be bold enough to do so, the best suggestion I could make would be a Bible and a prayer. That's where the real answers lie.

Good luck!
Unicorn

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