Does anyone else feel this way?
When you get your first horse you are so excited. You just want to spoil them and dote on them. Even shopping for brushes is exciting. You color match grooming supplies, tack, blankets, etc. You buy "horse" shampoo. You buy bagged feed and every supplement that someone has suggested to you. You're horse has everything a horse could want. You call the vet for every scratch.
Then years later:
You still love your horse BUT it irritates you when your curry goes missing and you have to spend $10 on a new one. You are using Suave to wash your horse because if it's good enough for you it's good enough for the horse. You no longer color matching things. You buy what works the best or what is on sale. You only call the vet if it's a true emergency, the rest you figure "it's a long way from his heart". You get rid of a most supplements and bagged feed and stick to high quality hay, mineral block, and water.
It's funny how we go from "glitz and glamor" to "practical" over time. I just got to thinking about this today when I pulled out my old lime green grooming bag and everything in it no longer matched in color. It used to be brushes, curry, hoof pick, sponge, etc all lime. Now it's whatever was on sale.
Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. ~Author Unknown