Tips for Affording Horses - Part 2


Hi Everyone, and welcome back to part two of my two-part series about ways to make riding affordable. In this part, I will be giving a few tips from Jasmine Brown about how to make riding more affordable for adults. The world of horseback riding can seem like an elitist playground, but there are so many things you can do to help you make it more affordable for you.

  1. Check out her resources!

    1. I have attached a link here for you to check out her book.

  2. Do not be afraid of the dirty work!

    1. If you want something, you have to work for it. Many barns are looking for workers, or people to help out, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they can work out a system to do work for your lessons or board. If they say yes, great! It can be an amazing opportunity to not only get riding time but also see more of how the horse world works.

  3. Use your time out of the saddle wisely.

    1. What will you do to set yourself apart? There are many things you can do out of the saddle to improve your riding and horse knowledge. Make sure you are improving your fitness and doing your research!

  4. Make and use your connections.

    1. We can be honest here, there are some in the riding community who are privileged. So what can you do to help you achieve your life goals? Maybe that is speaking with people at a show instead of being your phone, but these connections can help you at any time in life. If not you just made a new friend!

  5. Make your passion a job.

    1. This is of course easier said than done, but if you have a passion for riding, maybe you can turn your passion into a job. You could become a trainer, a vet, work with sales horses, become a barn manager, run social media for a trainer or barn, or even an equine lawyer. There are tons of options for you to do if you want to make it work. Just be ready to put the time in!

  6. Saving!

    1. Saving is always important. Saving is almost considered paying yourself after you have paid your bills. Once you have taken care of your necessities, then think about what you want. If that is riding, then make sure you put some money away for that as well. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself!

  7. Don’t spend what you don’t have.

    1. This is a rule that should be followed by all. It is important to make a budget for yourself and set out an emergency fund. This way if you ever do happen to go over budget, there is a cushion there to help you. My father always told me that depending on how much you make, your emergency cushion should be able to hold you for 1-6 months. To put this in riding terms, maybe you run into money problems, possibly instead of taking a 2 lesson each week, now you only do once a month until your cushion is replenished. 

  8. Reach out to people on social media!

    1. With almost everyone on social media these days, do not be afraid to reach out to people who ride in your area to see if they have any additional tips for you. They may have a horse you can ride for free once a week, or even offer you free lessons. You never know unless you try!

 

I hope that these tips will be helpful, and will encourage anyone who is struggling to keep going. If you ever need anything, please reach out to me as well.


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