This topic has really been on my mind for the last little while. Paying for a pony I never see kind of stinks!
I think we can all agree that the initial purchase price of a horse is nothing compared to the monthly upkeep so I won't go there - others have said it much better than I could.
Instead. lets have a little fun with this. I love Lauren's idea of illustrating the costs relative to other things. I'm going to do mine for the projected 2014 year, and with a west coast angle :)
Gas to and from the barn = 20lbs of smoked salmon
Farrier ( I get off lucky here with just trims) = 16 cute umbrellas
Vet = 6 pairs of "fancy" yoga pants
Tack and rider gear, misc barn supplies: 14 NHL games
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Full board: I could take up a couple of new hobbies for the cost.
First off, lets buy a kayak:
Then, because I'd like company, I'd buy a second bike and a kayak for G too.
I do the horse thing on a super budget, but this is still slightly depressing!