Thursday, February 13, 2014

When You Want to Have It All...

This is not my yacht.

Let's face it, most of us who are involved in horses are not exactly up there with the Firestones, Kellers, Dinans, and other super well-off equestrians that seem to have an endless supply of monetary resources.  I mean, yeah, if we have a horse then it goes without saying that we are better off than many in this world.  If saying "I have a horse" does not mean you have some discretionary income, I don't know what does.

But you know, that's kinda like saying "I have a boat."  I can tell someone I have a boat, but that would refer either to the family kayak or the rowboat.  My father-in-law can say he has a boat, and that would be his 21' motorboat.  I have friends who can say they have a boat, and that would refer to a big ol' motor yacht that is, quite frankly, way nicer than my house!

Basically, it's all relative.  Doesn't mean we can't wish we had unlimited funds or could move to Wellington for the winter.  Doesn't mean we can't wish to be able to buy a new piece of tack versus a used one. Just means we're better off than some, worse off than others, but still pretty damn lucky to be a part of this sport.

This is my yacht.

My friend Malin (a wonderful lady whom I met through this blog) wrote this piece for Horse Junkies United that talks about this very topic.  I thought she was brave and honest in what she wrote, and thought it was worth posting a link here on AWIP.

You can read more of Malin's thoughts on her journey with her mare, Pippi, on HJU and at her blog, I Pick CRAZY.

And again, thanks for taking time out of your busy day to hang out at AWIP!


  1. Ha! Yes. I always love the "oh, you have a horse, you must be rich."

    Yes.... the free OTTB who's doing his best to bankrupt me.

    1. Sprinkler, I know! Totally get it. I don't mention my horse too often to my clients because when I have I've gotten the response " Why should I do business with you, apparently you have a ton of money." Most of the times it's said in jest, but there's an element of truth to it.