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post #11 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 03:36 PM
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I work for my horse. My fiance also works for my horse! He takes all of our money, all of our time, and about 75% of my heart. My fiance is perfectly ok with being second!! I work all day, spend every night at the barn and get very little sleep, even less time for chores or errands. He is our whole world but I wouldn't want it any other way. One nuzzle makes it all worth it.

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I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
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post #12 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:04 PM
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After the expenses, its still hard work. There is no days off, and its way more dirty that one would guess. you smell constantly like horse poop and leather.
All you clother will be stained and your legs and feet will be sore and get blisters. At least, untill you get used to it. Invest in good boots, not just riding ones, and gloves.
That being said, they are the most fun Ive ever had. As an adult or a kid. They will love you for you, they dont care you smell like poop, or that you need to shave.

Oh, and I never met a horse person who doesnt love the smell of leather.
ahhhh

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post #13 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Lol thanks everyone! Yep i know it will be seriously hard work, but i also know it will be worth it when i give them a cuddle at the end of the day (-:
How much do you spend a month on average? And how much time a day do you spend with your horse? Im thinking of putting my horse on part livery since i still have to go to school and do some work and everything. Whats the best soloution for me? Keep in mind i love horses more than anything and have ridden all my life (-: x
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post #14 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone else love the feeling when you dismount at the end of a successful lesson? Its one of the most fulfilling feelings of my life (-: x
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post #15 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:31 PM
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Right now I ride about three times a week cause it's about all I have time for right now. I would be out there everyday, but band rehearsal is on Monday and Tuesday. And Wednesday is a riding lesson so I get to ride on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and sometimes on the weekends. All if weather permits. And yes it is a good feeling getting off after a good lesson indeed!
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post #16 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:31 PM
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I spend $600 a month on board, including feed and bedding. Lessons are another $220 a month. His supplements are $160 a month. His farrier is $165 every six weeks. Shots for his arthritis is $200 for 3-4 months. Vet bills are approximately $1000 per year.

Then there is the shopping for tack, blankets, accessories, treats, toys, grooming items, shows, etc...

I spend about 3 hours a night, and 4-5 hours Saturday and Sunday at the barn. But, I have full care board so I don't have to feed, do stalls, or turnout.

Kelly
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post #17 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:39 PM
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IT'S AMAZING


I love my horses like they are my kids. It's a lot of hard work but to me that hard work is a lot of fun because I have been horse obsessed since I was little. I was that girl that learned how to braid on one of my "my little pony" dolls.I always had those horse folders,etc.

When you see that your horse is happy and healthy it's very rewarding. Oh and how you can bury your face into their neck....i love the smell.

BUT there are no shortcuts to good horse care as Speed Racer mentioned.
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post #18 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:42 PM
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On average I spend $175....The $100 is for rent..we get an excellent deal..and the $75 would be for the grain,bedding,or anything we may need. I will be buying a ton of alfalfa for $150 soon. I also have to buy supplements.
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post #19 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:44 PM
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oh and for lessons it's $140 a month so I work it off
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post #20 of 43 Old 11-15-2010, 04:50 PM
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^^Yeah, Gidget, I see hard work as fun when it's with something you love. I don't see how people like horses, but yet don't want to do the hard work that goes with it. Yes it's constant care as speed racer mentioned and expensive, but those are some of the consequences all us horse people know about. I don't know if this is a good comparison, but through my experiences hard work is miserable if you don't like what you're doing cause band is hard work and I hate it. So I tend to be in a down mood on band rehearsal days like today, but then I realize I have my horse to go home to. I'm only in band cause mom won't allow me to quit till after this year (Senior year) I'm with horses cause I *Want* to be.
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