With the first month of 2018 in the books, and my new “plan for horse” budget firmly set up, I wanted to point out a very distinctive point in the life of equestrians.
We are scrappy as all get out.
I mean really, just from a small sampling of bloggers and close friends I know people who work part time or seasonal work at local stores, those who sell great products on Etsy, take beautiful professional photography, and others who write or work part time within the horse industry itself. And let’s not forget that many of us have full time office type jobs, families and of course, the horse itself. It’s really quite impressive how much we manage.
I’m going on month two of writing a little on the side, but in the past I’ve also picked up online advertising gigs and worked for magazines or in website management. My side work was always to take some of the guilt, and pressure off myself so that I was more free to enjoy time and money spent with the horses. And I don’t mind doing the extra. If anything, it empowered me and made me feel more in control of the financial aspect of owning and riding horses.
But now I’m curious. As I said above, I do this to help ease any doubts I have about the money I spent doing what I love. Those who work a second job or something similar, why do you do it? Perhaps you just like nice things? Are you saving for something in particular? Maybe you are just someone who thrives on a heavy work life.
Regardless I’m so proud of all these hard working equestrians who not only kick butt on their horses, but push themselves outside of the saddle too. Just more proof that equestrians are a powerful and ambitious group of people! Go us!