I thought the title might grab a few peoples attentions, as I bet there are a few of you looking at the title thinking…that’s not possible.
Well its probably not possible, (at least, not to do both simultaneously) as if your horses are like mine, you find that you can never spend too much time with them, or too much money on them.
However there is a huge difference between spending lots of time and money on your horses, and spending quality time with your horses, without spending a small fortune. Now like most horse owners, I don’t know how much I spend on my horses, and probably most importantly I don’t WANT to know. I’m sure it would scare me more than a little. I have a rough idea, and that’s good enough for me. It sounds a little like an ostrich, burying my head in the sand, but it about sums up my idea of spending money on my horses. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from made of money, however I always manage to find money to spend on my horses if they need something, often at the expensive of the new pair of boots I need to keep my feet dry.
Getting the balance between spending less money and time caring for your horses, and more time in the saddle or enjoying your horses company is a very fine line. When I say caring for your horses I mean things like mucking out, and running down to the feed store, but not skimping on things such as grooming.
Most of what I’ve learnt about horsemanship has been from a few ‘old hands’, and the best way to pick up tips is to talk to others. Some money savers come from making small changes or substitutions, and using what you’ve got, whilst the time savers come from learning which cheats work, and which don’t.
I’m going to be adding lots of posts to this category over the next few months, so keep a look out.
And please – feel free to add any comments, or tips. With horses, you should never stop learning.