Participating in equestrian activities can be very rewarding. Horse ownership, with all its ups and downs, is an experience that can’t be matched by anything else. Still, most horse people will admit that they’ve had to give up or go without certain things in order to maintain their equestrian lifestyle.
Horses are time-consuming. Plenty of horse owners sacrifice lazy Saturday mornings to head out in all kinds of weather to toss hay, scoop grain and muck stalls. If you compete, you’ve undoubtedly had to pass up barbeques and camping trips in order to spend a summer weekend at a show. Even meeting up with friends for an afternoon can be a logistical challenge when you need to fit in a riding lesson or training session with your horse.
On the other hand, maybe your equestrian life has taught you to sacrifice evenings wasted in front of the TV or your previous concerns about going out in public with dirt under your nails (and in your hair, and on your clothes) and you’re better for it.
Whatever sacrifices you’ve made, when you gallop down the trail, achieve a show-ring goal, or hear a friendly nicker when you walk into the barn in the morning, you know you’ve made the right choice.
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