This evening, I was sitting at my desk pondering over the past couple of weeks. The thought that kept popping up in my head was the cost of owning just one horse. We have four. Friends and acquaintances, family members or anyone who thinks owning a horse is fun all the time. They have no clue! But, guess what? They all want to come out and ride. Okay, great! I actually enjoy engaging in good clean fun with family and friends. I get a kick out of watching folks have a great time on the horses. But what about pitching in and helping around the place once in a while. It seems like a fair price to pay for an afternoon of fun and games. I mean after all. If they went to a riding stable, it would cost them. I’m guessing, around 50 bucks an hour. What you usually get are; barn soured, spoiled, unruly horses, or the ones you couldn’t stick a firecracker up their asses and get to move anywhere. Just be thankful when you do ride our horses, that they respond well, they really do tolerate beginner riders and won’t dump you in the dirt. Instead, you complain it’s too hot, to cold, or they won’t move out fast enough when you ask them. Not that you could ride one faster than the coin operated ones sitting in front of your neighborhood grocery store. Some of you know what I’m talking about.
Each and every time someone comes out to ride. They all end up thinking, they might want their very own horse. Great! Why not, this looks easy! Except, these same folks, are oblivious to what’s required of maintaining a safe, and happy environment for horses. The up-keep on the animals, the cost of feed, and the health care required to keep the machines running smoothly. Just in the last 10 days, we’ve spent nearly 1000 bucks, on health care. I’m not complaining because, I love, love, love my horses, but really? People, think about it next time you want to join us for an afternoon ride. We love having you. How ever, don’t just sit back, relax and watch us do the work involved, in having this much fun. We spend hours caring for, training and asking them to be suitable mounts for us, the experienced rider and for you, the inexperienced rider. Not to mention the fact. When other people ride our horses, it takes days, sometimes weeks to tune them back up. Wow! And I forgot to mention how much it costs to have a horse trained. Mega bucks! It can cost upwards of 500 bucks a month. Depending on the discipline you choose to ride. That usually doesn’t include, vet bills that occur, having shoes put on them, etc…Let us not forget how much it costs for equipment. Saddles, bridles, blankets, and any other tack used to ride one of these wonderful steeds. Really expensive trucks, and trailers to haul the beasts around in. Halters, leads, fencing, buckets, watering tubs, along with the many other miscellaneous items and expenses that occur on a daily basis. The list could go on and on. So, I, have to ask. Do you really want a horse?