It all comes down to money. I'm not saying that those who have the innate talent and rise to the top are always rich. I'm not saying that at all. I consider those riders with a ridiculous amount of talent at the 1%.
I'm in the 99%.
I cannot just get on a horse and be amazing. I have to put hours of blood, sweat and tears into that, and apply a little financial aid (trainers, lessons, saddles, shoeing) on top of that to maintain where I am.
And I don't just want to maintain. I want to excel. Or at least improve...
Which is why I am currently seeing how I can balance my budget to be able to buy Deli the saddle of her dreams (non negotiable expense) and also get a lesson or two (or how wonderful would FOUR be?!?!) with a clinician this fall... All while eating something other than Ramen for three square meals a day.
|Speaking of improvement... She lunges!|
On the animal front, I nearly killed my house guest, Scott. I turned my back for a few minutes, and by the time that I noticed that he wasn't underfoot, per usual, he had already destroyed a nice old Kieffer bridle that I had in my 'spare parts' bin. He chewed through the noseband, a cheek piece and the throatlatch.
He doesn't know how lenient I was being when I banished him to his crate for the rest of the night.
We made up over s'mores the following night.