Equine Affaire opened today in Massachusetts. For those of you not familiar with the annual event, EA is an exhibition, trade show, breed show extraordinaire. There are clinics and demonstrations. There are presentations and there is tons and tons of shopping. Springfield, where the event is held, is a shade under two hours away from me. Certainly doable.
The last time I went to Equine Affaire was in 2012. Most of my friends came home talking about the bargains they’d gotten shopping, the blankets and buckets of supplements. One person bought a trailer. Many had stayed to see the evening performances or lauded the clinicians they’d watched.
I came home with a horse.
Okay, it was only a foster horse from CANTER New England. He needed a place where he could hang out, gain some weight and learn to be a riding horse. But still. I made a resolution right then and there to stop going to the show. It’s dangerous. Temptation is everywhere.
The last thing I need is to shop. What do I need? Another saddle? I’d be better off selling off some of my inventory. And the last thing I need is to come home with another horse!
For all my friends heading out to West Springfield, I caution you. A free horse is an illusion. And just because something’s on sale doesn’t mean you need three of them. I’ll sit safely at home and watch FEI show jumping on the Internet. It’s a whole lot safer.