My lessons with Chemaine are double the price that they were with JL, but I get fewer of them. During the fall, I was getting a full weekend of lessons with Chemaine, two each day, but since Speedy is on the disabled list for now, I am only getting one lesson a month on Izzy, which I suppose makes life a little cheaper. Not as much fun, but cheaper.
I wish I could get more, but since show season has started, Chemaine can't really come here on Saturdays. To take a lesson, I drive 5 hours round trip. It's a long day, so once a month is all I can do. She did offer to come here at the end of April, but Izzy really needs off property rides, so for now, I need to make the drive.
My husband really saved my bacon this month by paying for my truck's tires. They were a completely unplanned for expense and came on the heels of other recent expenses ... a new washing machine, a new hot water heater, a broken toilet, brakes for my truck, trailer batteries, and puppy vet bills for Brienne.
The biggie for March was the vet bill, and I've already paid almost $500 in April. $1200 bucks is a lot of money, even spread out over two months. And to add insult to injury, Speedy needs to go back in a week or so for a follow-up ultrasound and diagnosis. My total vet expenses for April are going to be even higher than they were in March. Big sigh ...
This is definitely an expensive lifestyle choice, but I can't imagine what I'd do if I didn't have horses. I sort of look at these costs as business as usual. I gripe about my grocery bill and the price of gas, but there's no question about paying for them. The horses are like that too. It's just part of the deal.
What was your spring vet bill like?