Horse ownership: transitioning from amateur owner to weekend warrior.

fullsizerender-5


The horse industry is a funny one. It is expansive; from the neighbor down the road with a horse in the backyard to multi-figure horses that compete at the highest levels of the sport. More and more, I have been hearing comments from outside the industry and even those involved in other areas of agriculture about the cost of having a horse.

derby

In our show days

I find myself stuck in between these worlds. While I once competed at the national level, I did so with my thoroughbred X Clyde. She did a pretty good impression of a much-more expensive warmblood –until you saw her trot. We got good at the walk-canter transition before our hunter rounds.

Now with a horse in her teens and finding my way in the “adult world,” I realize that competing at that level is a thing of the past. At the same time, I am not ready to transition out of that world and I intend to keep my horse for the rest of her life. So where does this leave me? Well I have a shadbelly in my closet I can’t quiet part with, but has not been used in years.

img_1176

Playing western

But you know what? I am okay with my new reality in the horse world. I think many young adults are struggling with this; as the cost of showing keeps going up, it prices horse competitions into the luxury market. Guess what? There is SO MUCH else you can do with your horse.

In the past year I went to a wine ride on horseback and took my horse to the beach.  Both these activities were far cheaper than a show and turned out to be so much more fun. There are many cool things to do on the farm too; from winter trail rides, to ground driving, to

img_0939

Winter rides

gymnastics and teaching your horse tricks in hand.

All my musings come back to the fact that although horse ownership is not possible for everyone, there are many ways to make it more affordable. I have learned a lot in my journey from amateur owner to pseudo- weekend warrior. Not to say that I only ride on weekends; but adulthood, the 9-5, putting money away and new responsibilities change the reality of having a horse. I hope some of these tips can help you out too.

 


  1. Cut out competition: as I mentioned the first to go was competition. This does not mean you cannot hit up one-or-two local shows a year, but the entire winter and summer circuit might have to be out.
  2. Scale back from full service/training board: okay I never kept my horse in these facilities and instead elected to do a lot of self-care at shows, but these are the areas you can cut back on. I have dropped regular weekly lessons and board at a facility where I can jump on my own time. NOTE: this works because I know my horse and our capabilities. If you are not comfortable, a professional is always best.
  3. Part-boarder: it took me a long time to come around to this and find someone suitable, but it is so nice to have a bit of extra cash and time. Plus my part-boarder loves my horse and that in itself is really rewarding.
  4. Accessories: as hard as it is to hear, you don’t need to newest accessories. Gasp, I am still riding in a GPA speed air and my original beige TS breeches because they are in good condition.
  5. Find new fun things to do with your horse: I have been tossing on a western saddle and playing around outdoors this winter.
  6. NEVER FEEL GUILTY: whether you cannot make it to the barn because your working late or you have to turn down another show; realize that it is okay! Horse ownership does not need to look like it did as a junior.

 

Where do you save money with horses?

 

2 Comments on “Horse ownership: transitioning from amateur owner to weekend warrior.

  1. This sounds like a good transition! I rode as a teenager and then life interfered and I did not ride other than occasional trail rides for 30 years. I came back to it and it was like I had never been away. So there may be more riding or less ahead for you but the connection with horses will still be there.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Cheaper than Therapy

7 months lone travel around the world

There and Back Again... a Gecko's Tale

For those that want to know the ins and outs of the Dec Blakey 16/17 season, read on! Instagram: dec.blakey Facebook: Dec Blakey Skype: declan.blakey Email: declanblakey@hotmail.co.uk

Day Day's Life

A dose of love, happiness and sometimes a little sarcasm

Of Wonders & Wanders

A gypsy scribbler's musings & ruminations

Amr Monjid

A traveler, life experimenter, programmer, cycler, blogger, and soon a skydiver

Territory Mama

~ shop small ~ play large ~ travel often ~

a broad life

one life. three continents. endless possibilites.

Brave Explorer

A Badass Human Guide to Backpacking and All Things Nature

endless blue sky

a collection of travel stories by Amritta

Your mountain is waiting

Un día sin risa es un día perdido

Autumn Peal Media

DIY Video Production and Photography

The Campervan Man

One Man, One Van and No Plan.

hikeminded

Hiking. Photos. MYOG. Ultralight Gear. Thoughts. Out in the woods.

David's Photography

Casual Photographer

Channel Island Chick

Running, reading, and random things in between

Daniel Otis

journalist / photographer

quietwalkblog

Life Expanding

Olympus Mountaineering

Outdoor Adventures in Greece

Magazu Travelling

on my own little adventure

Something to Ponder About

Writing about Travel, Traditional Art, Food and Wisdom

About Photography, Outdoor Fun, Food, Music, and Other Stuff.

Bulldog's all about enjoying life. A dash of Sports and Politics thrown in for flavor.

the4yearitch

some kind of pilgrimage

hiwaymapby Natkritta

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

Himadri Negi

A girl in the city with her heart in the mountains

Unhidden America

Discover. Experience. Share.

%d bloggers like this: