I had a good, solid dressage ride yesterday, then Izzy and I walked down the road by ourselves. She didn't even flinch when big trucks went by pretty fast. Love her!
I thought I would focus on the ongoing dilemma that almost all of us have to worry about (unless you're that fabulous lady who sponsors Steffan Peters. She probably doesn't run up against this too often.)
Unfortunately, I am not independently wealthy, so I have to make some decisions. Here are my set horsie expenses:
Senior feed: $15ish/month
Ulcer meds and supps: $30ish/month
We'll pretend that gas is free and time isn't important. That leaves my constant monthly total at $325/month and I haven't accounted for other essentials like farrier care, dental, chiro, shots, and any injuries that crop up.
It is currently November. I have already spent my set $325 and I have a little money left over to spend (sort of). Here are my exciting options:
Two jumping lessons at $35/each: $70
Two dressage lessons at $35/each: $70
Schooling jumper show (3 classes): $45
Tack of the day dressage boots (mine need upgrade): ~$50 including shipping
Winter jacket that actually zips: $? (got my last one at the Youth Ranch for $4)
All are good options, and I could certainly do some combination thereof, HOWEVER, Izzy's left front heel is low, so my farrier recommended (and we are doing) resins on her front feet this month. Cost: $90. Also, I've been noticing that her hind feet seem to be wearing down more. Cross your fingers that we don't have to do back shoes, too.
So expensive. (And I know, to those of you with real jobs or in expensive areas, these figures are ridiculously low. Just remember, I'm poor and in Idaho.) ;-)
Periodically, my husband talks about getting rid of his rabbits because it costs almost $40/month to feed them. I wish I was into rabbits. (I mean, I have two fuzzy ones that I love, but they're not my big thing.)