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post #11 of 20 Old 08-13-2012, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
Horses are considered a luxury item. Therefore, people who own horses "must" be rich.

Plus non-horsey people have no idea how much it cost to have the horse. When I say I spend ~$250/month to feed my 2 mares (hay + pellets + flax) they are very surprised (because it's not all that much as they think it should be). Of course if you board it's much more + there are lessons, maintenance, etc.

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post #12 of 20 Old 08-15-2012, 03:32 AM
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There are also people who are ill-informed enough to think home schooling is a luxury and an option that's only open to people who can afford to forgo one parent's income.

Of course that's not true, it's a highly individual decision with a lot of different factors going into it.

Because I keep my horses at home, and we manage our little farm extremely well, I keep horses more cheaply that just about anyone I know. (Less than a $1000./ per year for all 3 combined, not counting the vet and farrier. Counting the vet and farrier, less than $3000./year, or $1000./horse.) However, I drive a 13 year old car, and my spouse drives an 8 year old car. Most people spend way, way more on car payments than I do on horses, but that doesn't make them rich. (Foolish, maybe. Rich, no. )

I would try to ignore thoughtless and foolish comments such as those.
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post #13 of 20 Old 08-15-2012, 08:31 AM
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I think the expenses related to horses can be as expensive or as cheap as you need them to be. If you can afford more, you can do more and have more. If you can't afford more, you make the best of what you have and save for what you need. In the end, I think riding is more about having a relationship with a horse than having the best of everything. And money simply can't buy that.

I'm definitely not rich but I do weekly lessons at $45/pop plus gas (my barn is an hour away). So it works out to be about $220/mo. I can afford that, so that's what I do. When I can afford the time and money to ride 2-3x week including a weekly lesson and do a part-board, I will. Until that time, I do the best I can.
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post #14 of 20 Old 08-15-2012, 08:45 AM
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Horses are only as expensive as you make them. I cut a percentage of my own hay, spent good solid years learning how to trim hooves to throw out farrier costs, and give shots myself and I am constantly learning from all qualified and experienced people so that I can CONTINUE to do 90% of horse maintenance myself. My monthly cost is roughly $55 a month (in summer, probably closer to $90 a month in winter), and that's for hay and beet pulp, every two-three months throw in five bucks for wormer. Anyone is welcome to look at my girls, and see they are good looking, well trained, and well taken care of animals.

By learning how to count pennies and learn the things you need to know, there are really a LOT of people who could "afford" a horse and probably don't even know it Just can't be afraid to get your hands dirty.

I also come from a very poor background, both my parents are in school again to try and better their futures, I live with them and have opted to take care of the house and help watch kids in exchange for my board, and the board of my horses at home.
Rich to me, personally... probably would be anyone who makes $20+ dollars an hour, LOL! Just because I've never seen that kind of money in my hand, and the very idea of it kinda makes me go: O.O I spent an entire summer working my little butt off on farms, and only saw around $600, that year.

"Rich" varies from person to person I suppose, the poor'r you were raised, the more money looks a bit sacred :p
Some people could argue that if I sold my horses, I'd have that money I spend feeding them every month... but really, their company and quiet trail rides are worth every penny to me.
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post #15 of 20 Old 08-15-2012, 09:01 AM
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You are rich. You have your best friends (your horses) at your side. :)

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post #16 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 08:48 PM
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Ignorance is bliss..... or, atleast it's ignorant! LOL I can only chuckle at what some people say and think. Never heard the term "horse rich", but I sure have heard the term "horse poor"! Me.... well, I love bein' horse poor! My horses are happy, healthy, well cared for, and so is my soul! Only horse people get these things! Enjoy the ride everybody!
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post #17 of 20 Old 08-21-2012, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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I give up going and doin what other people would consider fun for my horses. Id,probably consider myself rich if I could have horses and still have money left over to go have,fun and blow on something fun every Month.and still the bills be paid and we not be eating sandwiches and canned food left over at the end of the month every month
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post #18 of 20 Old 08-22-2012, 09:15 AM
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I think this is really really silly. Rich is relative! I know people who have $650 car payments. Smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Alcohol. Chew. (And those 3 things you have nothing to show for!) I know people who carry $1200 purses. Buy $200 shoes. Put $2500 wheels on their truck. Its amazing what you can spend your money on. Now, my thought are that those very same people do not see those things as "luxuries" and if you are careful and self aware your horses are not that expensive. My horses (3) cost me $140 a month to feed in grain. And this is only because freckles costs me 90 of that herself due to a medical condition. Then a round bale a month ($30). My horses are trained to slow feed their hay. We do not waste here. And freckles supplement 57/2 months. So for less than $200 a month I have 3. I put $120 away a month for vet/farrier care. That leaves me a savings. I do shots myself. I made my own round bale net $56 vs $250) I buy alot of things on craigslist. Which gave me the room to afford a trailer payment of $120. I mostly drive my crappy $500 beater car to save on gas so I could afford new truck so haul said horses/trailer.

That said... some people do not know how to give up one thing to have another. Nor do they think they should. So people see my house and new truck and trailer and rich. Little did they know I bought my house as a foreclosure at very very cheap.

I hear this one all the time. I quit bothering to take the time to explain it.
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post #19 of 20 Old 08-22-2012, 09:25 AM
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Just being in the company of beloved horses makes one "rich"!! ...not always about $$ :0)
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post #20 of 20 Old 08-22-2012, 10:24 AM
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Wealth is relative. I don't usually associate wealth with being home schooled. I associate wealth with going to a prestigeous private school. As for horses, I know a lot of people who can't afford them but have them and a lot of people who can afford them but should not have them. Its all relative. I would not get in a dust up over the person's comments. Take it a complement, you are wealthy but maybe not in the way they think you are.
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