Owning a horse is amazing. The intimate bond of horse and human, the ability to ride whenever you like, a place to escape to when home or work is too much... right?
Honestly, it is amazing. But there is a side to horse ownership that no one truly discusses. Here is a list of what we think most horse owners are experiencing but not sharing:
1) People will call you a crazy horse person
But seriously, who cares? If a person can't at least respect your personal preference for your 4 legged friend, well let's just say that's exactly why we prefer them!
2) You will get asked if other people can ride you horse. A lot.
"Oh, you have a horse? Can my cousin's best friend's son's girlfriend's half sibling ride it?" It's amazing how many people come out of the woodwork.
3) Insects are a part of life.
Equestrian life is not one for those that suffer Entomophobia or Arachnophobia.
4) You will constantly check the weather.
Can I ride after work? Which rug am I using tonight? It will become an obsession.
5) Baling twine. The next WD-40.
Seriously. It fixes everything. Fences, rugs, even broken bridles. If you don't have baling twine in your pocket, can you really say you own a horse?
Either get my bailing twine or label this the latest in fall fashion...
6) You will become an expert at fence repairing and rug repairing.
Why did my high school have to make me choose between home economics and woodworking?
7) Your horse will have better and more expensive 'clothes' than you... and you wont care.
Well, I do need a different saddle for each discipline, plus more rugs and saddle cloths than one horse can handle. Plus, blingy brow bands - how can you pass them by?
8) Sheath cleaning, Udder cleaning and Beans
Seriously didn't even know this stuff existed til I had a horse. These are the true reason we have latex gloves in the first aid kit. And if you need help, there are heaps of youtube videos available (yes, I checked).
9) You will wish you were taller on many occasions.
"Hi Mum - wait, is that a worming paste? Let me show you my impression of a giraffe!" Ring any bells?
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