Whatever I spend, it's worth it in the end. I do it all for Promise. I budget well, but sometimes of course, things get tough. But I always make it work.
I try not to splurge on unnecessary things, but sometimes we can't help it!
Promise is barefoot, so I save money there.
I agree with
hannah, it is all money well spent & we can't take it with us. Why not enjoy it and if we can spoil our horses, so be it. They deserve it.
I used to board at a private barn, but now I am boarding (at my trainer's facility, it's not necessarily a 'boarding' barn, mostly for people to bring their horses to get trained, only a few actually board there) & they provide the hay, bedding, etc. I just provide my own feed.
It's $200 more expensive than the private barn, but totally worth it. Much better for me & I have to say, I am spoiled with an indoor arena now & 2 outdoor arenas.
Only a few people actually board there, so it's quiet and peaceful.