You Will Always Be Broke.

One thing about being a horse lover is….you will always be broke. On the flip side, your life will be full! Let’s break this down!

First, you buy or “get” said horse. That is the cheap part! Next comes the gear, truck, trailer, barn, feed, hay and the oh so fun vet bills! Now let’s hope you had the land, barn, truck and trailer before said horse but I shall continue….. Your pocket book will literally be screaming at you to stop!

Then you decide or begin your activities! It’s so much fun to barrel race! It costs around $30-$100 just to run plus fuel, stall, a place for you to sleep if staying overnight… if you are in that 15-20% that won money, you might bank some cash! Yahoo! If you are like me, you enter another race!

You are having so much fun! Life feels complete! Then…you see a second horse and realize you NEED two… I mean, you can’t have just one dog….you can’t have just one horse! It’s true! Scientific even! Now you need a second job…..

Then one day your two horses are being rowdy due to a cold front….one slips and slides into a gate and gashes himself up approximately 30 minutes AFTER closing time for the vet…..and off to the vet you go! ChaChing! Bye bye extra Christmas money!

So that is the monetary version of being broke. Non-horse people don’t get it. I explain it like this- My therapist was $100 a week. If I were to actually get my nails and hair done, I bet that would round out to be $100 a week. If I drove a car that was new and shiny, add an additional $400 a month. If I cared about fashion….y’all, I don’t even know what fashion costs…..but I have horses to fill that empty spot my life needs! And, because I have horses, I have an active lifestyle! Yahoo! This makes the body happy until I hurt myself but hey, I’m active! So next time someone tells you horses are expensive, just reply with it’s worth it. Every single dollar, drop of sweat, blood and tears. 100% worth it. Without horses, I’m not even sure what I would do in my “spare time”…. wait….what is spare time?

Hard Decisions.

Have you ever had a horse that you loved but didn’t click with and just could not figure out? I have had a few. But this last one, well, I raised him and God kept telling me “do what Is best for the horse”. I was perplexed.

So at first, I decided to invest some money into training and see how we could do as a team. It wasn’t working out. I put him up for sale and when I had to talk to someone about him….I immediately took down the ad. I could not do it. Nope. God told me again….do what’s best for the horse!

Round two, this horse and I had some arguments and some medical bills….I decided to sell him…..this was 5 years later? I even had people “try him”. Once again…..I brought him home with no offers and took down the ad. I cried. Ugly tears. See, the folks that tried him were from Florida area. One of his issues is humidity, allergies and the general “I can’t breathe” situation. Again, God said “ do what is right for the horse”. I took down the ad. I decided I would put a lot of effort into working out our issues, finding out how to keep his body happy (and mine), and really really tried! We pulled our first check almost exactly a year ago today! 2nd in the 1D! I was pumped! Well, then he started having a hard time again……I decided that he needed to go North.

I have some Facebook friends that have loved Goose for many many years and things just never worked out for them to buy him when I had him for sale the two times… Keep in mind, I KNEW he needed to be in a different environment. His allergies are horrible where we live. To the point that from March 1- October 1, he was in a dry lot to keep him away from eating things in the pasture he was allergic too (never could 💯 pinpoint what it was) and he was miserable between snot and heat as well as being “alone”. God again said “do what is right for the horse”. So we made the drive to Wyoming! I have to say that trusting my gut and my God, once again, was the right thing to do! After being in the trailer for 17 or so hours, he unloaded and I could already tell he could BREATHE. The next day we took him to the arena for his new mama to ride with help from me…..he was great! I mean….long haul, new EVERYTHING, AND HE WAS GREAT!

This decision was hard. Really hard. But at the same time, I felt at peace as soon as I set it in my brain. I was washed over with Grace. I don’t know how to explain the feeling. I just knew it was finally the RIGHT decision and I was doing what was best for the horse! I thought I would cry. I thought I would have a hard time telling him bye. I love this horse. I do. He is so full of personality that you can’t help but love him! But, I haven’t cried yet. It’s not that I’m like “thank God he is gone”. I would have kept him forever if he was comfortable here. Nope. This is a “Wow! He looks so much happier where he is now! He really likes his new jockey! He is finally comfortable and happy!”

I look forward to seeing him and his new jockey reach all kinds of new levels! She is a really awesome kid with some mad skills riding horses! I saw them as a team from the first five minutes of her riding him! Once she goes pro, I’m sure her and Goose will have already climbed all the ranks!

I guess my point is pretty simple. Sometimes we have to make hard decisions about our lives, horses, dogs, kiddos etc. But when you pray on it and get an answer, try to find out what God is saying. Sometimes He can be really vague. But I promise, if you keep praying about it, He will guide you to your answer! And that answer will bring you so much peace!

Do You Remember?

Do you remember your first horse? How did it happen? What were you thinking on that day? Did it lock you in the horse world forever?

For me, it did. My first horse as a green broke Appaloosa gelding james TJ! He was hard headed and a bit of a jerk but I remember! He was a Christmas present! He was to be brought to the house but the person to haul him lost their truck (stolen) the night before so my folks had to make some extravagant story to get me to the stable! He was in a stall with a half eaten ribbon around his neck! It made me one happy kid!!!!

Rachael and Tejas Jubilee, her first horse in 1993

Last night I had the extreme pleasure and being part of a girl and her first horse!!! I was here to whiteness the joy! She came out to “take a lesson on my new horse” then was told that Suzy Q was actually HER new horse!!!! The sheer joy rolling off that almost 15 year old girl was contagious!!!!! You guys, it helped me remember WHY I do what I do! Why I found a love of horses. Why I love seeing people/kids riding and learning all about horses!!!!!!

Amelia and her first horse Suzy Q! 6/13/2020