We love horses. We love horses a lot. We are equestrians, and our love for horses is often a passion misunderstood by our non-horsey friends and family members.
Here’s my list of 18 of these equestrian rationalizations:
- It’s okay to go to the grocery store in muddy boots. (Let’s be honest – it’s not wrong, but there’s a reason people stare. Maybe some people don’t think it’s OK to track barn dirt through the produce section?)
- I can’t afford a monthly lease on a horse, but I can consider a $20,000 horse. Just for a day. Let’s pretend, for a day, I can buy that horse.
- It’s okay that there’s some horse hair in my car. My friends who don’t ride horses won’t care that much. They have children’s toys in their cars, after all. It’s totally the same thing.
- I can totally ride on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. The fact that I have to catch a plane at noon the same day is irrelevant. There is time.
- Winter: It’s freezing outside. I can barely summon the courage to open the back door to let my dog into the backyard. I dread getting into the car. I can’t wait to visit my horse. I don’t care what the thermometer says; It’s warmer at the barn.
- Summer: It’s nearly 100 degrees. I’m drenched in sweat by the time I’ve walked from my car into the grocery store. I will be fine at the barn. The heat is tolerable at the barn despite the fact that I’m wearing boots and pants as opposed to a swimsuit.
- Horse slobber on the front of my shirt doesn’t look weird.
- I’m done mucking stalls. It’s lunchtime, and it’s fine to eat a sandwich even though I don’t have anywhere to wash my hands.
- The barn probably isn’t that muddy after yesterday’s rain.
- I won’t get that wet while washing my horse.
- My horse is annoyed. She doesn’t like the direction the wind is blowing. She’s telling me with her ears. I speak horse.
- The smell of leather and newly oiled tack is lovely and completely (and always) appropriate for my living room.
- The sweaty saddle pad I left in the back of my SUV doesn’t smell that bad.
- A long text message conversation about saddle pad colors is more important than washing the dishes.
- A long text message conversation about anything to do with horses is more important than folding laundry.
- Horse shows don’t always run behind.
- My horse and dog love each other. They can both sense how much I love them and know that I always want a picture with both of them. They don’t mind.
- Horses are an expensive hobby, but they’re not that expensive.
Tell me I’m not alone here. Surely you’ve made some irrational rationalizations yourself, right?
Allison Griest is a freelance writer based in Texas. Follow her on Twitter: @allisongriest.