How Horse People Spend Money

I had to laugh out loud when I saw this blog post on Eventing Connect. I’ve copied the first few, but please click through to the original to read the whole thing. The title is a live link.

How equestrians spend money compared to normal people

If you are a rider or horse owner, odds are that you are not rolling in money. But you are not impoverished either. You are probably considered ‘horse poor’. This means you spend all of your hard earned money on horses so you have none left for ‘normal’ purchases. Why would you spend a dime on pointless luxury items when you can use it fund your passion? Although you might make more money than your non-horsey friends and family, outside the horse world, no one would guess this. Do these spending habits strike a familiar chord?

1) Normal people get manicures and pedicures; your horse gets shod every four to six weeks.

2) Normal people can afford to eat out at restaurants; your horse gets fed top of the line hay and grain.

3) Normal people splurge on jewelry; your horse gets blingy browbands.

4) Normal people have comfortable mattresses with fine linen sheets; your horse’s stall gets bedded with a $5.00 bag of shavings daily, while you sleep on a pullout couch.

5) Normal people drive fancy sports cars; you have an old truck and four-horse trailer.

6) Normal people go on an annual vacation; you travel to obscure towns across the country for horse trials throughout the summer.

What made this post resonate with me is that someone I know was caught embezzling money from her employer. She doesn’t have fancy clothes, or expensive shoes or pocketbooks, she doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, and, as I said to my husband, “She doesn’t even have a horse! What did she spend that money on?” Certainly that’s where my money would go!


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