Editor’s Note: Stable Advice is a place for our readers to offer their advice on some of those uniquely equestrian problems. These aren’t the questions that you’d normally ask your vet or trainer. These are questions about horse life, like dealing with interpersonal struggles at the barn, juggling horse commitments and “real world” obligations, and generally navigating the challenges of living in the 21st-century horse world. Think of this as a place to share advice with a group of your best equestrian friends.
I’ve been riding for most of my life and it’s always been a big part of who I am. My horse has developed some medical issues and my vet has advised me to stop riding him. I’m fine with that; I’m happy to keep my horse as a pet for as long as he lives. The problem is that he costs as much now as he did when he was an active horse, and that means I don’t have extra money to buy or lease another horse or take weekly lessons. For a while I was occasionally riding friends’ horses or taking the odd lesson, but without being able to ride consistently, I’m losing my enthusiasm. I’m thinking about just taking a break from riding until I have the financial means to devote to it, but I don’t know if that’s wise. I’m hoping other readers who have taken a break from riding can tell me the pros and cons and whether it’s worth it to scrabble around for the occasional ride or better to just step away for now and be at peace with it.
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