I rode throughout my whole life up until I was around 13. Literally, there are pictures of me as a baby on the horse with my dad. They were everything to me growing up. When I was 13, my dad was engaged to a women that ruined him financially, which forced him to get rid of all of our horses, trailer, ect. I wasn't able to ride for some time afterward.
I went to college in Columbia and I had a new friend that invited me to her farm. We went for a day trail ride.
It totally, completely restored my passion for it. It was all I could think about. I was sore (lol), but excited. I immediately starting moving funds around to make having a horse happen. I was looking into leasing, but my budget allowed for me to actually buy one. It would be tight but I could do it. I bought a scrawny, tall OTTB and I don't regret a second of it. I basically live off of black beans and rice, but my horse eats like royalty and is gaining weight, building muscle. He is my best friend.
I don't think I could ever not have a horse in my life after going so long without them. It feels like my heart is whole again.
Right now, I work to pay off most of my board. I am at the barn every day, I wake up at 4, get there around 4:30, feed and do some work until about 7, go to work from 9 to 5, then go back after work from 6 to about 9, working. I work all weekend. I wake up excited and acknowledging that this is what I need to do. Me and my fiance are going to be buying a small farm in Florida next year instead of renting and paying for board, we have everything laid out so it will work.
I've cancelled my gym memberships, cut out unnecessary spending, starting shopping at cheaper grocery stores and stopped eating out but I wouldn't trade it for the world!!
♥K24223♥ He's a Prize a.k.a Bandit♥