This is a spin off of the 40 is the new 20 thread, but I was thinking this before seeing that. I’m an AA, who aspires to bop around and have fun at the LLs of eventing. I’m content to stay local, support schooling shows, no upper level ambitions or expectations to go to regionals or nationals. My husband and I are not poor- far from it! But we live in a very high COL area (greater Boston) where board at an eventing barn with an indoor runs $1200+, lessons are $75-100/each, front shoes go for $150 and a full set is over $200, nevermind vet costs, competition and clinic costs, and the cost to actually buy a trained, sound, safe horse! How do you do it??
I had to retire my horse last year after an asthma diagnosis. I keep him at home so no board costs, just his regular hay/feed/etc. I bought him as a 10yo with experience through training level. Not a packer, per se, he requires a tactful ride, and paid $5500 for him (yes, a great bargain even in 2011, but I can only imagine what a comparable horse today would go for- easily 4x that!). With horse prices being what I’m seeing, I can’t imagine being able to buy another event horse anytime in the next few years, nevermind paying an estimated quarter + of my gross annual salary for upkeep and sport costs if I board at an event barn when I have other adult expenses (taxes, mortgage, child, retirement, etc.).
How do you keep doing it? Am I the only one feeling priced out of the sport I love recently??