I overheard someone complaining about their cats $50 per month medication.
$50. Per month.
Now, I am not saying anything bad about cats. If my husband wasn’t so allergic I would be the crazy cat lady!
But this got me wondering how absolutely out of touch riders are with reality! So, from my beautiful unicorn, I wrote my top 5 equestrian problems!
1) I have horses scattered across Ontario. When was the last time you lived 2 hours from one of your baby cats and 45 minutes from your large retired fat cat and small mini cat.
Prior to baby I had visited Niagara Falls about as many times as I can count on one hand, in my 33 years, and I limit visits to family due to kilometers and “wear and tear” on my car. Baby Loki is 3 weeks old and I have made the 2 hour drive 3 times.
Sorry not sorry. Cars can be replaced.
2) I basically pay a mortgage payment to two different barns to keep the horses. That doesn’t include feet, vet, chiropractic, massage, nothing! Oh ya, and because Monty (fat retired cat) has back arthritis he is currently wearing $700 worth of blankets.
MY jacket isn’t even worth that much. And my husband went 2 winters WITHOUT a winter jacket so Monty could get more Back on Track blankets for his sore back!
Oh, and the $50 meds? How about $160 in Omeprazole for 30 days for your sensitive Sally’s belly. And that isn’t even the brand name Omeprazole. I don’t want to be the cause of heart problems, from shock, in my non horse friends so let’s continue on!
3) I quit my job as an equine vet tech and got a job in a busy call centre to afford my horses.
And the “greatest” part about horses is that they will just keep filling the new budgets. It is never ending.
Got a higher paying job? Awesome, because your horse put its leg through a fence and needs stitches (true story from Christmas Day at 4:30pm 2017).
Opened a savings account? Stop kidding yourself and skip the sad truth of putting the money in just to take it back out. Just send the money straight to the tack store for the new custom saddle.
Bonus? Better call the chiropractor for the horse and someone to clip your Yak of a pony.
It. Never. Ends.
Now my savings account sits at $0.02.
But my recent promotion means they have new space to expand into!
4) Not one of my horses have a job. I have 3 horses and I am not able to ride one!
Monty was my eventer but was retired at 8 after years of on and off soundness issues. Turns out my future superstar has severe osteoarthritis in his spine. My mini, Oreo, was bought as his companion for shows and now is living his best life as a feral retired pony!
And my new born dream foal is living his best life in baby heaven!
Hopefully one day baby Loki will be my eventing super star otherwise I am collecting “broken” horses!
5) Vacations? Weekends away?
Vacations are unknown words to the Equestrian! Equestrians are too broke for vacations and weekends are for horse shows!
My poor husband and I have a cottage we rarely use because he can’t drag me away from the horses long enough!
For all the stress, money and time horses cost.
For the ascinine vet bills that build up on your secret credit card.
The heartbreak over an 8 year old with so much potential having to be retired.
The constant worry over temperature and if your horse is too hot or too cold.
Wondering if you are doing all the things right and helping your horse live their best life.
Wearing clothes with holes in them so you can put the money into board at the best facility you can find (and the sleepless nights finding it).
For the missed vacations, weekends in the barn instead of on a beach and the partners that wonder wtf they got themselves into.
For all the craziness….
I wouldn’t change a thing.
Owning a horse is expensive. More expensive than your cat or dog. Or 10 cats and dogs. And sometimes they don’t pay attention to you ( I guess sort of like a big cat)….
But is it ever worth it.
Once you are horse girl you will die a horse girl.
It is like a virus that pumps through your veins.
And you will lay down your last penny, your last breath, for your horse.
I would legitimately do sketchy things to make sure my horses only had the best. Selling organs in Mexico is a viable option, right?
So while we may be a bit crazy, and insanity ensues on the reg, it is worth every second and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!