From Endurance to Dressage
Horses Are Expensive 3.0 - July
I am a little late on this post. I am probably trying to avoid seeing numbers that are depressing. This is the third year I've tracked my equine spending, and I've come to the realization that it's not horses in particular that are expensive; it's LIFE that costs so much.
This has been an expensive year. Every time I turn around, I have some new bill to take care of. While many of them are connected to my horses, just as many aren't. Car trouble, truck trouble, dog trouble. It's just never ending.
I unhooked my truck on Sunday to go fill it up and run it through the car wash. It's not a task I enjoy, so as I drove out of my way just for a fill up, I started whining a bit. I was thinking about the thousands of dollars I spend each month on this crazy horse life and began to wish that I was one of those people whose fingernails are always clean. Who doesn't stink every single day on the drive home. Who doesn't have hay in all of her pockets and usually her hair.
And just as suddenly, I realized that there there must be thousands of women who wished they were just like me. Someone with a truck and trailer. Someone who can ride horses any day of the week. Someone who has hay in her pockets and in her hair.
Yes, life is expensive, but I think I've got a good one.
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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