I hate it when my boyfriend makes degragatory comments about how much my Friesian filly cost when I bought her, and how that price was "worth a used snowmobile"! I love him to death, but it gets on my nerves when he goes on about how expensive she is. (We currently board at a barn where I work off my board, so I'm only paying about $40/month!)
What he doesn't know- and it's something I'll never tell him!- is that she cost twice
what I told him she cost. It was the most I've ever, ever paid for a horse, and she was an unbroke 2 year old! I won't say what I paid for her, but I will say that she cost LESS than a Friesian foal in utero! I really did get a sweet deal- more so because she's such a sweetheart.
He just doesn't understand that she's worth so much more than money to me, and how I'd be so very, very sad and depressed if something happened to her. She's my whole world! She's made me realize more about myself than any other horse in my life has. I truly believe that raising and teaching her has given me new insight into my behavior, and how it affects others, including her. It sounds corny, but it's like I'm being given the chance to better myself by treating her well, and raising her correctly.