Some clever bloggers are smart enough to keep track of their horsey expenditures in some kind of organized fashion. Some people who shall remain nameless were not clever enough to do that.
I’ve been sitting down and doing some real #adulting lately, and decided that it would be a good idea to sit down and look at my equine expenditures and see how much I’m likely to spend on horsey stuff this year. It’ll be interesting to see if reality matches up with expectations at the end of the year. I ultimately decided not to share this information on the blog because I’m not really comfortable just… letting the entire world know exactly how much money I
waste super-value-ably spend on my horse. But there are some equine expenditures that I’m saving for that I don’t mind sharing.
gotta keep this little prince in the manner to which he has become accustomed
I’d like to bring bodywork into Murray’s life. He’s gotten a few massages over the years, but he doesn’t really like them. Our super wonderful massage therapist (A) has seen him a bunch as she’s at our barn all the time, but never laid hands on him. A and I discussed what to do with a horse like Murray who would benefit from the work, but inherently doesn’t trust humans, doesn’t really like being touched, and likes being touched and made to hurt (which massages sometimes do!) even less. A actually had a whole program she’d work through with him. And, as I said above, Murray would really benefit from it, I think. I hope he won’t need monthly appointments, but I’m budgeting for appointments every other month at around $70 each. (~$420)
I never got around to putting Murray on this last year, even though I intended to. He had his hocks done, then shortly after got stalled for the year. It’s a monthly thing with a loading dose, and costs about $20 per dose. (~$200)
REALLY hoping I don’t have to, but many horses need these done annually. But saving for them regardless. If we don’t need them done, that’s money I get to keep! (~$400 without rads)
lets revisit the reason I spend all this money!
I’d like to go to some shows this year. They are fun! Right? I’d really like to not get eliminated at them also. Stretch goal: not have my horse try to dig his way out of his stall overnight. The costs in this post are still pretty accurate. So if I aim to go to Fresno (~$800), Camelot (~$800), and Shepherd (not on the list because I used old data, but I suspect about $1100), plus memberships, I’m going to need to save close to $3000 to do that. Gulp.
Other shows maybe on the docket include some schooling dressage shows, maybe a couple of local fundraisers, oh, and clinics! These are significantly less expensive, more like $200 for the whole weekend. I’d like the opportunity to spend $800 or so on those.
This is the first time I’ve really sat down and thought out my non-necessity spending in advance. Usually I’m just like “Oh, Twin sounds fun! I’ll find money!” and then I find money (or put it on a credit card and find the money later). But I’m turning thirty this year, and am trying to be a little more responsible with this whole thing. And to make it translate to my hamster brain, this means I’ll need to put around $400/month aside just for these purposes, whether or not I use it that month.
So tell me: how do you do this? What am I missing here? Is there a clever-er way to plan and track this? If I were really clever, I guess I could have saved last year for this year… or I could start saving this year for next year…. but that seems like a problem for Future Nicole.