Items

Forums
Horse Stuff Cost Analysis
 By Saferaphus   •   15th Jan 2017   •   586 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.

Horse News More In This Category:  General      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 More News by Saferaphus
Equestrian and Horse Planners
18th Apr 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
How do you plan your time? Do you buy a dollar store notebook or do you prefer the space and feel of a Moleskine sketchbook? Or, do you head to a craft supply store and pick up an Erin Condren or Happy Planner. One thing is for su ...
Favorite Horse Gear
12th Apr 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When it comes to horse equipment, Iím a bit of a minimalist. I wonít buy or keep anything I donít need. I think it comes from seeing other peopleís tack rooms and back porches stuffed with dusty tack they donít use. So I tend to k ...
Military on Horseback
10th Apr 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
As soon as man learned to ride horseback, they probably rode horses into battles, raids and other types of conflicts. But the earliest use of horses in battle, 3000 to 4000 years ago, was for pulling loads. Eventually the chariot ...
Security at Horse Events
7th Apr 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horse show season is ramping up for many of us. Especially if you are in North America, youíll be noticing the show schedules being posted and perhaps lists of trail rides and other events you might be interested in attending. Alt ...
Wild Horses Safe For now
5th Apr 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There is good news, at least temporarily, for those who are against the culling of wild horses in the American west. Last July, the House Appropriations Committee voted to remove from Interior Department budget passages outlining ...
Horse Hair Color Curls and Waves
3rd Apr 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Good nutrition and gentle grooming will help keep your horseís mane and tail healthy. Shampoos and conditioners made especially for horses can help add polish when you are showing. And, pulling, trimming, braiding, banding and ban ...
Happy Horse Easter
31st Mar 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Bunnies, flowers, chick and eggs are the usual symbols of Easter. But, there are a few Easter traditions and rituals on and around Easter in which horses figure big. ...
Spring is Dirty
28th Mar 2018   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Spring seems to have arrived early where I live. Iím not fooled. Just because the snowdrops are poking their heads up and the robins have returned doesnít mean winter is over. The horse ownerís sure sign of spring is stroking your ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2018   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
375 Members Online 239,326 Registered Members 2,417 News Articles 9,946,608 Unique News Article Views 215,803,606 Website Views