I have owned horses and up until October of last year, had a horse of my own. I was in a car accident and made the painful decision to go ahead and sell my horse so I could buy another vehicle quickly as winter was approaching. My family also relies on me for alot of things that require me to use a vehicle. With that in mind, I could have kept my horse and saved for a vehicle. My family would have made plans for me and my siblings.
That's why I made the choice to sell him.
I came upon a Craigslist ad today about a horse for sale. I frequent Craigslist on a daily basis as I like to look at what's for sale and what the horse market is like. Anyways, I click on the ad and as I look at the picture, I'm breathless. Shocked is a better word. There in the picture, is a stocky, fleabitten, 8 year old QH gelding. I knew it was my horse. I still am hoping it is him. I loved my gelding beyond words. He was that horse that I wanted grazing in my pasture, back swayed, sagging lip, and white as pure snow from his years on earth. I kick myself everyday when I think of what I did. I regret selling him but I had to do what was best at the time. Now the time has come for me to bring him home.
My father seems to think differently. My mother told him about my plan and to his exact words, "Ain't happenin'. She can't afford a **** horse."
My financial situation has improved greatly since my accident and I am better prepared both mentally and physically as well to own a horse.
Currently, I make $800-$900 per month.
I've made an estimate for my horse's monthly expenses. He'll be on pasture year round, so I wont be feeding hay til the grass starts dying. Until then, I'll be buying, storing and saving for winter's hay.
Per month I expect him to cost:
Farrier: $40 every six weeks
Feed: 3 bags/month @$20 = $60
Help with water bill and pasture upkeep: $30-$40
So that is $140 for his basic needs.
My other monthly costs are under $200 a month. I make $800-$900 a month so take away $340 and I have $460-$560 a month to put into savings for any emergencies.
This is all while I am not in the military.
When I go to basic, I will have him at home until I can move him closer to me. When I'm deployed(going active duty Army.), I'll have him boarded on full care near my family so if someone wants to visit or check on him for me, they can do so easily.
More on my father. He grew up around horses because my grandma had them. He absolutely loathes horses. He's told me before that they're brain-dead half-ton animals that aren't worth their own weight. Ok, that's his opinion. I'm not going to change that, nor am I going to try.
My father started with nothing, but he always made sure the kids were fed, bills were paid, and nothing was broken before he played. My dad is heavily interested in all thing automotive. He raced stock cars when my siblings and I were little. This was a time when two nickels to rub together was like music to our eyes. Yet, we were all taken care of. He made sure everything that was needed was done before anything else. But he still raced.
Who's to say I can't do the same with a horse.
He's always taught me that if I want something, I had to be the one to get it. No one was going to do it for me.
I completely understand that while I'm in their house, I am to follow their rules. There are somethings that just can't I can't be told not to do. I don't want to be so extreme as to say the Lord means for him to be in my life, but I think he is. He was my rock. The one I consoled with when something was wrong. His shoulders hold so many of my tears and secrets that I can't let him get away again.
What do you guys think?