Cost of Horse Ownership, dressage, horseclicks

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.
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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.

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An Unexpected Award

Earlier this year I started this blog, ‘Dressage for Mere Mortals,’ in my usual, trial-by-fire method of learning. After months of reading about blogging, the only way for me to really gain ground was to jump in with both boots.

I am still very much a beginner, as humble of a blogger as I am a rider. Which is why it was especially surprising when I received a message from horseclicks.com that they’d awarded my blog a Top 50 Horse Blogs Award. How did they find me? What was their criteria? I’m pondering those questions with a smile on my face. It’s lovely to be noticed.


Blogging has been a fascinating experience for several reasons:

1.  Setting up the initial format took a little work. Fortunately, I had  two experienced bloggers to help. Technical I am not.

2.  I love writing short format and having a weekly deadline is good discipline.

3.  Connecting with readers and other bloggers is fun. They share their stories and lives and I share mine. There’s a sense of community.

4.   I can never quite predict which blog posts will get the best response.  My two snarkiest posts (‘My Stupid Legs’ and ‘Dressage Show Rant’) generated the most comments thus far, which was entertaining.

5. There are technical aspects I’m still learning about: increasing readership, tags, categories, etc. Still trying to figure out Twitter.

As always, thank you to those of you who read my blog, take the time to comment, and share bits of your life with me. It’s so rewarding to receive your input and support.


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