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I knew what I'd done as soon as the door was closed. I have no idea what on earth I just agreed to.
I think I've just agreed to take on a teenager looking for part time work. Johnny's going to kill me... we are tight on money this month as it is, let alone paying someone else's wages!
I was catching up on paperwork in the office when Anna barrelled in talking ten to the dozen about her friend Grace. Grace who, we've heard a few things about before... don't get me wrong she sounds nice enough but she's had a troubled and difficult childhood. Anna reckons it will do her the world of good and set her up on a healthy young adulthood to come work and compete for us. Anyway, Anna begged me to take her on a 2-3 month trail as Grace is really struggling for money and doesn't see the point of 'being here' if you know what I mean. Anna says it'll give her something to live and hope for. She's really struggling at college as well with bullies Anna informed me, resulting in Grace not eating
I sighed, "Anna we are struggling with money at the moment, I don't see how it's going to work in the long run, we can't afford to buy her a horse to work with and treat as her own yet either"
"Well can't we find a lease or something, do something at least. She can ride one of yours or mine in the meantime. Can't you come up with some sort of arrangement, take her on a trial at least, she's a hard worker I swear and she can ride well I promise. She gets on with all the nervous horses at college as she's so quiet and calm"
"I don't know Anna, I need time to think"
"Can you at least let her come and have a look round and a ride at the weekend; I already told her it'd be fine...please I'm scared what she's going to do, she my best friend I don't want her to do anything silly"
"I suppose it won't do any harm, maybe a lease could work but we will see"
So, that's how it happened, in my heart I already want to say yes I feel for the girl, she has nobody apart from Anna, I want to help I do. I just don't know how. She's coming for a look round over the weekend so I will get some pictures and let you know more. If we do take her on I do know, we are going to need a horse for her to ride...