From Endurance to Dressage
Okay. Here it is - Season 2 of Horses are Expensive. You've already seen Epsiode 1; don't worry if you missed it. That post was simply a preview of the new season.
This January was by far the cheapest month of horse ownership that I've ever had, especially if you exclude the cost to repair my truck (I didn't). I didn't have any vet bills, and I didn't go to any shows. Because of the weather and Speedy's recent lameness, I only took one lesson with Chemaine. I had budgeted $400 in lessons, so that money went into my savings account.
My farrier bill is half of what it used to be since Speedy is now barefoot and Izzy only wears shoes on the fronts. Since my overall costs were so low this month, I upgraded Izzy's USDF horse identification number to a Lifetime Horse Registration Number and got him registered with my second GMO.
I did purchase some new riding boots, but the money for those came out of Christmas cash. I also bought Izzy new DSB boots and a Weatherbeeta pad, but those were paid for with a gift card from my mom. The breeches and socks I bought over the weekend were also purchased using a gift card, so they don't show up either.
Outside of my truck's repair work, basic board and feed was where I spent the bulk of my money. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?
Next Month: Horse Expo!
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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: