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        12-11-2008, 02:06 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Well said M2G. It's expensive but I definitely think it is worth it. There are so many people I know that it has saved them from trouble or kept them from it. It has also taught me many many valuable lessons. For example, responsibility, humility, kindness, forgiveness and patience just to name a few. Also that actions very often speak louder than words and that sometimes silence is truely better.
    It's not only a hobby it is a definite learning experience. I have gotten to do and see so many things that I never would have been able to were it not for horses. I dread the day when I will not be able to have horses :(
         
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        12-11-2008, 10:31 AM
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    Originally Posted by My2Geldings    
    I have attempted to try to do the math at the amount of money that is spent on this bloody sport and to tell you the truth I have never been able to figure it out because shortly after starting I just get into sums that make me sick so I stop. Think about it this way tho, would you be able to find a hobby you enjoyed as much? Would you be able to find something keeps you outside in the sun, active out in the fresh air? Something as enjoyable and rewarding as this? I doubt I would :)
    LOL me too!!!! I don't even know the amount I've spent on tack, horses, shows, vet bills, etc... But like you said Think about it this way tho, would you be able to find a hobby you enjoyed as much?

    Horses are my life and my true love. My horse has never cared if I've spilled my guts, cried in front of her, and she has never told anyone either. People have critized me for wasting time with the "hay burners" but in reality I would be where I am today if I wouldnt have had the responsibility when I was younger and through growing up.
         
        12-11-2008, 01:06 PM
      #13
    Trained
    My BO has a bumbpersticker that says "Horses are my Therapy"
    I think that about sums it up.
    I was trying to add it up once but I gave it up lol.

    And like RusticWildFire said, they teach us so much. I'm actually hoping to eventually use horses as therapy with trouble teens because this is so true.

    I know the BO has 20 stalls, about 20 individual pens, and at least 40 horses out on the hill. She has a HUUUGE amount of land and all her horses are fat and happy. I didn't really realize how many horses were there until she was saying how it was going to kill her to write that check.

    I was like...I will never be able to write a 30 thousand dollar check! When I was keeping them at my neighbors it killed me to write the 200$ one!
         
        12-11-2008, 01:37 PM
      #14
    Showing
    I did the math several years ago - it scared me so I never did it again.

    When I go to the tack shop they know to take the price tags off whatever I just bought, no receipts, and no bags.

    "Oh this old thing .... no sweetie, I've had it forever - looks new? Heck, I just keep my stuff looking good, you know that <<points to anything to distract her>> oh, look at what the cat is doing! Well we better be getting back to the house. What's for dinner?"
         
        12-11-2008, 01:40 PM
      #15
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    I did the math several years ago - it scared me so I never did it again.

    When I go to the tack shop they know to take the price tags off whatever I just bought, no receipts, and no bags.

    "Oh this old thing .... no sweetie, I've had it forever - looks new? Heck, I just keep my stuff looking good, you know that <<points to anything to distract her>> oh, look at what the cat is doing! Well we better be getting back to the house. What's for dinner?"
    Hahaha. Very nice.
         
        12-11-2008, 01:48 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    I did the math several years ago - it scared me so I never did it again.

    When I go to the tack shop they know to take the price tags off whatever I just bought, no receipts, and no bags.

    "Oh this old thing .... no sweetie, I've had it forever - looks new? Heck, I just keep my stuff looking good, you know that <<points to anything to distract her>> oh, look at what the cat is doing! Well we better be getting back to the house. What's for dinner?"

    Lol tsk tsk tsk...
         
        12-11-2008, 02:23 PM
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    I did the math several years ago - it scared me so I never did it again.

    When I go to the tack shop they know to take the price tags off whatever I just bought, no receipts, and no bags.

    "Oh this old thing .... no sweetie, I've had it forever - looks new? Heck, I just keep my stuff looking good, you know that <<points to anything to distract her>> oh, look at what the cat is doing! Well we better be getting back to the house. What's for dinner?"
    lol... when I buy stuff it goes from the truck to the barn, BF doesnt even know!!!!!
         
        12-11-2008, 07:50 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Exactly why I am cutting down to ONE horse. I want to be able to go to a tack store and buy what I want vs only the minimum I need because I can't afford it because I own 2 horses. Much less stress for me and it means more shopping
         
        12-11-2008, 08:02 PM
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    Originally Posted by wanderlust    
    I don't even own a horse and I spend anywhere from $700 to $1200 a month on riding lessons, or riding clothes, or books, or whatever else I have decided I need
    Horses are a luxury. But there's no reason they have to cost THAT much. We certainly don't spend that much. We have one horse and my daughter and I take lessons together.
         

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