is anyone else in the same boat as me as far as paying for riding and all? I can hardly afford it and choose to be broke but I adore riding so I would not trade the being broke and working off lessons for anything!
It just gets hard sometimes when you need riding gear, etc...
Yeah it's a huge difference when you pay for everything yourself!!
I had horses as a teenager but the horse I have now is the first horse that I've paid for 100% in every possible way. Vet bills and boarding and training and tack and brushes and starting everything from scratch.
It certainly does get pricey! I adopted my guy and he immediately needed x-rays and all these vet calls and it adds up fast!
For right now I buy most of my gear / tack at a consignment shop which I am SO lucky to have locally. I picked up a beaten up old saddle for $25 (and it miraculously fits him perfectly!) and stirrup leathers that don't match for $10 I'm going to keep buying as much as I can second hand until we both get to where we want to be and it will be worth investing in boots/saddles/etc. For now he is still changing shape and it's not worth buying those expensive saddles to keep forever. Dingy cheapo ones work just fine!
I spend most of my free time out with my horse so at least the fact that all my money goes into him doesn't bother me too much as I'm not missing it doing other things XD
Yep I've paid for my last few horses entirely out of my own pocket. As soon as I hit 18 my folks went 'right you're paying now!'. And yes, it's certainly a bit tricky trying to juggle money, but I think I'd rather be a bit poor with a lovely horse then rich with nothing but shopping to keep me occupied haha!
I pay for all my own horse expenses, but luckily live at home rent free! After board and lessons I don't have much left over for showing, so at the moment that's taken a backseat. I figure it's better anyway - by the time I can afford to show we'll kick serious butt :P. I think I may have guilted Dad into buying my new CC saddle though XD.
LOL anyone who has a horse is broke :) I have 5 they are all rescues I spend every last dime I have on them.... I teach kids to ride for free but they help me with horse chores.... its all good but yeah I know what ur talking about