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Horse Stuff Cost Analysis
 By Saferaphus   •   15th Jan 2017   •   453 views   •   0 comments


I went to the mall. Yes, me. Itís a place I usually avoid. There are three reasons. Thereís a lot of stuff there. I donít want or need more stuff. Any stuff I do need is not there. And, I canít afford a lot of stuff anyway. Iím okay with that, because instead of a lot of stuff, I have a horse. But, I went to the mall because the weather was bad and a friend asked me to come walk around with her. Since I can be a bit of a hermit, I thought it important to fulfill the need for social contact by tagging along.

Apparently, there is this thing people do - shopping as a pastime. I have never felt I needed this pastime. I have a horse. And I consider it a much more noble, healthy pastime. (Horse owner, hubris is thy name.) But off I went. Now in the course of our Ďwalking and shopping as pastimeí she bought a purse. She needed a purse because she had a new coat and wanted a purse to match. We went to the Guess Store. Which I guess, is a good place to buy purses. The price of the purse? $140! Why that, I thought, is actually the cost of resetting two front shoes! Now I would spend $140 on two front shoes on my horse without batting an eye. But pay that for a purse. Somebodyís priorities are a bit skewed. Iím not sure whoís, so I started paying attention.

In the mall are places where you can get a manicure or pedicure. For $35 they will file, buff and paint your fingernails any color you want. A regular manicure lasts about a week. For about $10 extra you can get a manicure that lasts two weeks. And, you have to go back and have the color removed as it doesnít come off with drugstore remover. I just had my horseís hooves trimmed for $40. There are no pretty colors, but there are four hooves. And, the job lasts six to seven weeks. Even if my horseís hooves get a bit chipped, no one is going to post a meme and shame me on Facebook about it. Which is the better deal? You tell me.

The last turnout rug I bought my horse cost about 150$. Itís made up of several layers of heavy fabric, lots of fluffy fiber filling, straps and metal fittings. There are at least 7 yards of fabrics in it. Go to the mall and find the equivalent of a turnout rug for yourself. It will have less than half the amount of fabric, be of poorer and thinner quality, and you will need to buy a new purse to go with it, which is an added expense. I rarely feel the need to accessorize my horse blankets, although perhaps some people do. Anyway, try to go to the mall and buy yourself a decent turnout rug for under $150. Good luck.

And back to shoes. I recently bought a pair of leather boots. I needed a pair because the pair I bought seven years ago started to disintegrate. I found a pair for $150. I quailed at the price. The girl at the store told me they were a great deal. My husband told me they were a great deal. Wait, I thought, why should my horse get $140 shoes that I have to reset or replace in in six weeks, yet I feel guilty about a pair of boots that Iíll probably wear to death for the next five years? That makes my boots a better deal than my horseís shoes. And, it will be at least five years before I have to go back to the mall. Even better.

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