If there is one thing you need to know about show jumping, riding is not cheap! You really need to have the finances to pursue this sport because it will cost you a lot of money. From caring for your horse to paying for their lodging, and all the accessories needed to help them perform well in competitions – all of these costs add up.
The livery will cost you between £5,000 to £7,000 a year. The vet will be less than £100 and other healthcare and grooming needs will cost around £600 to £1,400. Extras and accessories will add to the growing cost.
As you can see, riding is not cheap. And I am feeling that right at this very moment.
Buying a saddle for my horse
When I was training with Hope a couple of days ago, I noticed that we are in dire need of a new saddle. I have been training her so I can ride her in future show jumping events. Midnight had always been on my team and I felt like Hope had to have her time to shine.
But I realised that I need to buy Hope a new saddle before I can really go deep into our training.
Buying a saddle will cost me around £400 to £3,000 – depending on what I will buy. I am thinking of buying a used saddle. But I am having second thoughts about it. Midnight’s saddle was new so I am not really sure how wise it really is to buy a used saddle. I bought his for $3,400. But then again, if the saddle is in good condition and manufactured by a known brand, then buying used may not be so bad after all. I am really torn about this so I think I need to look for more options.
I will take all the savings that I can. I need to reserve my funds because riding is not cheap and Hope still has a long way to go in training. But I really need to decide as soon as possible because the saddle I am using for Hope is not really the best fit. What do you think? Care to send me your thoughts?