The Co$t of Hor$e Owner$hip
I don’t know about you, but all of my disposable (and some of my non disposable) income goes into my horse habit.
I’ve tried giving up horses several times, thinking I couldn’t afford the time or expense. But the fact is, nothing else is quite like the horse/human connection. The sense of satisfaction I get from a good ride — and the challenge of trying improve a ride that doesn’t go as well as planned — keeps me motivated and wanting more.
Much as I love mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and skiing, none of these pursuits bring me the same joy as connecting with a horse. So I pay the price and reap the rewards, only sometimes feeling envious when my non-horsey friends sail off into the sunset, scamper ’round Europe, or pull up in a Tesla. Addiction does have its price.
Today I’d like to share a terrific article by HorseClicks which clarifies just where the money goes when you give your heart to a horse. Whether you’re new to horses or an old hand at writing checks, ‘How Much Does a Horse Cost’ gives an entertaining and informed look at the financial responsibilities of horse ownership. Give it a read to see how well you’re doing at managing and anticipating expenses.
If you’re like me, when money gets tight you’ll simply give up yet another small luxury (like dinner) to make sure your horse gets the best of care. And, after a few happy hours spent in the barn, you won’t resent it one bit.