I’ve had a couple truly heartbreaking conversations with my mom about riding. I should be prepared for them by now but I’m not. They always involve 3 things: horses, school, and money. My mom speaks the cold, hard truth that horses are not a necessity, school is more important than anything else I do right now, and money-wise school is priority over horses. I always end up crying. Always.
This morning we had one of those talks. One of the lease possibilities completely fell through because my parents decided to cut my “riding budget” in half to match the cost of my sister’s tennis clinics (why hadn’t I fallen in love with a tennis racquet??).
Anyway, despite these talks being the same since I started riding, I, however, have changed. Now I’m looking for every possibility to keep riding despite my very meager budget. Had this happened 4 years ago I would’ve shut myself in my room for 3 days straight bawling my eyes out instead of trying to find a solution.
Out of all of this, I’m exploring other options to keep riding. I hope no one judges too harshly for me sounding like a “spoiled horse girl” considering we all know that horses MUST stay in our lives one way or another if we truly love them.