Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association
May 11, 2010
What's my horse worth? Ever thought about it?
BABY PHOTO: Lil Bit of Magic
I don't know why some things come swirling into my brain (we won't go there) but today I suddenly thought about it, like REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT. Now take Phebes for instance--she's been here since she was two months old. She my little fur ball of fun and the devil incarnate was $600. I hired a trainer to work on her ground manners as a two year old for another $350. We won't go into my husband's medical expenses (which why she got sent to a trainer for ground manners) and his subsequent loss of half of one of his fingers, and time off work. Of course I needed a horse trailer...Then I hired a trainer to come down from up north because I could get exactly half of her into a horse trailer. Thirty minutes and $250 he had the horse in the trailer. Voila! Horse is trained for trailering. NOT. Better than she started, but much more sweat equity on my part to get her loading reliably. Then there has been the vet care, the hay, the feed, the supplements, medication, vaccinations (oh did I forget to mention the fencing and the horse stalls?). Next were a few lessons which was the best $100 I have ever spent on my horse. I wonder if all the numbers were crunched what Phebes is actually worth in cash investment? $5000-6000 easily over the past five years?
In today's market I figure my little half arabian with her three Limited Distance completions is worth all of $500. She has declined in value from her original purchase price when she was green eyed snake mean, and didn't know diddly squat.
*Granny scratches head, and it ain't because of fleas*
Good thing I'm keepin' her. ~E.G.