We've all been hit with sticker shock at some point in our lives. In the Equestrian world it may seem like we encounter this more often than not in various forms. In fact, it can even seem like the industry only looks for deep pockets and open checkbooks - many have experienced this as well. The real truth is that although some may be fortunate to have the luxury of contributing large figures every year to their horse, 95% of the remaining are on a much smaller budget. So how does that 95% continue to support the "horse habit" without breaking the bank?
"Approximately 34% of horse owners have a household income of less than $50,000 and 28% have an annual income of over $100,000. 46% of horse owners have an income of between $25,000 to $75,000." - theequestrianchannel.com
That statement includes you and I. Now let's take a second to look at what we have to show for that household income as it relates to our animals no matter Competition or Leisure. We have equipment, we have tack, we have branded attire, and we might even have dinner 7 days a week. Yep, I said it. That's the truth. If you needed that new custom saddle you take the cut to make it happen. For the love of the animal. But does it really have to be that way? We don't think so. Check back to find out more.