I don't know what hay prices are where you come from (I know Texas and Oklahoma are having it rough this year) but I just spent $400 on 100 bales of lespedeza and prairie grass bales for my two horses. That's not going to last me the whole winter and I'll probably have to get at least another 100 before the end of the winter. What are hay prices like where you come from and what are you feeding?
Also, I can't remember if I wrote about this earlier but Buck broke his bridle after he decided it would be fun to try and do a back flip while we were riding, not a good idea!! So I need to replace the reins on my snaffle bridle and I haven't really found that are worth anything that are less than $50. So if you know of any good, black reins which are not going to break the bank hook me up!
I was also planning on purchasing a double bridle at some point in the near future. I was looking through the Dressage Extensions magazine I received in the mail yesterday and here's kind of what I noticed on that front...
Cheapest Double Bridle = $189.95 (good news it comes with handstop reins for the snaffle and plain leather reins for the curb so you don't have to spend money on that part)
Cheapest Loose Ring Bradoon = $18.95 (not sure this is what I'm going to go with I just use a loose ring on a snaffle bridle I have now and it seemed like a good choice for this purpose)
Cheapest Curb = $39.95
So with all three of these things a new double bridle is going to set me back $248.85. Don't get me wrong, I think for a double bridle that would be a heck of a deal and honestly, the cheapest bridle in the magazine was not the one I REALLY wanted (I really like the ShowTime Weymouth Bridle with the crank caveson which is $258.95 and you still have to buy the reins separate which range from $73.95 to $109.95... totaling $332.90 to $368.90!) Guess it's gonna be a while before I invest in that bridle. Good thing we're a long way from those levels yet!
Finally, my riding teacher is great, I love her to death, I just wish I lived closer to her. I have been working and getting paid every month for the chores at the barn but she's getting ready to leave for the winter and go to FL (LUCKY!). Anyway, I want to keep riding at the barn while she's gone so the idea is to bring my horse up one night and ride and do chores that night, leave him there the next day and do chores and take him home that night. So basically I'll do two days of chores and he'll get to spend the night up there. Good side is the barn is awesome! Indoor arena, outdoor jumping arena, outdoor grass dressage arena and trails and cross country course all over the property. Pretty much if I died this place would be heaven for me haha! Not to mention it would solve my problem with his anxiety over watching Dolly while I'm trying to get some work done with him!
My only concern is there will be no money involved, just the trade of my horses stay for the work (which it only take like 20 minutes to feed during the winter because there's only like 6 horses at the barn and the owner makes my life SO easy... it's really the easiest barn job I've ever had). It costs about $70.00 to fill up the truck right now (gas is $3.15) and it take me it's a half of a tank to get to the barn and home again (it's about an hour away). So I guess I wonder if the cost of driving up there is worth the pay off.
I can't afford to board him permanently I don't think (I think $350 a month) so I drive and ride for a while and bring him home again. I go to college in the town where her barn is so I'm driving up there and back every day anyway (although I'm driving a car that gets 32 mpg)which makes during the week would the best so I wouldn't have to burn gas going up there on the weekends. I just don't know what to do.
Obviously my first instinct was an automatic yes because she's great and I love the barn and it's the perfect training facility for a prospering eventer. Then I started worrying about the gas money. My husband is the most supportive person ever so he told me to do it because it does no good to have Buck if he's not going to get ridden hahaha! He's not a trail horse and he's not a pasture pony... he needs a job!
So after this LONG post that is my money rant and worry, I just don't know what to do with myself. Why can't I just win the lottery??? Oh right.... I have to buy a ticket first :-p