From Endurance to Dressage
While it doesn't look like it on paper, March was a killer for bills. Both horses went to the vet, I had to pay for part of a show that I didn't get to go to, and my truck needed new tires.
While I actually spent $500 less in March than I did at this time two years ago, it was only because of my husband's generosity. My board and feed bills haven't really changed, for which I am grateful, and my farrier bill is almost half of what it used to be thanks to Speedy being barefoot and Izzy only needing to be shod in the front. This isn't a money saving choice; it's what my farrier recommends.
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?
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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