Taking the step to owning a horse is a big undertaking. It can be very stressful if you are just starting out and unsure of yourself. Suddenly you are thrust into unfamiliar situations and your horse is counting on you to make the right call.
1. The Unexpected Happens
For me it was an issue getting the hay my horses needed. Nearly as soon as I got him the hay he had been on was increasingly hard and expensive to get. Ultimately we overcame this obstacle but it was a stressful period as I quickly learned how to best deal with the situation. Things might not go as planned, and when that happens you will adapt and you will overcome.
2. Unexpected Expenses Happen
It seems like there’s always something requiring you to fork out more money. Maybe it’s a sudden injury, or that new halter you just bought grows legs and walks away. Whatever unexpected expense might pop up means you should always try to have a small rainy day fund, just in case. I’ve also noticed that unexpected expenses like to happen as soon as you’ve just recovered from the previous unexpected expense.
3. Injuries/Illness Happen
Horses get hurt, there are accidents, it’s unfortunate but it does happen sometimes no matter how awesome and well run your barn is. You’ll have to face them and overcome them as they happen. You will learn to take it in stride and deal with the aftermath.
4. You Learn As You Go
You’ll learn how to respond to situations as they arise also you’ll learn about yourself and your horse. You’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t work and the best way to overcome your challenges. You might learn by trial and error but as long as you are always learning you will always move forward.
5. You are Enough
I’ve never been able to spend as much time at the barn with my horse as I’ve wanted to. I know I’m not alone in this. I worry sometimes I’m not good enough to be a “horse mom”. I have to take a time out and remind myself, that I am. That my horse has a safe place to live, a roof over his head, high quality food, lots of fresh water, an awesome vet and friends. He really doesn’t mind that he gets to spend more time screwing around in the field instead of working when I’m not there. If your horse is happy and healthy that’s what’s most important. It’s not how fancy your tack is, or if you spend hours at the barn everyday.