Thursday, September 15, 2011

Right vs Right Now

There's been an internal debate going on inside of me.  The long road vs the short road.  Mr. Right vs Mr. Right Now.  Young vs Old.  And on it goes.

Right now, as I type I should be reading the hundreds of pages (no lie - around 450 pages) of material for one of my courses.  I should be finishing up the standard September paperwork that bogs things down for work.  I should be doing some pre-reading of one of the three other textbooks I need to read over the next few weeks.  Instead I'm thinking about horses.  At this particular moment in time I'm taking two graduate level courses, working full time, trying to keep my young dogs training up and trying to continue my weight loss battle with healthy eating, sleeping enough and running.  Ha!  Did you see horses anywhere on this list??  Hmmmm.....

Yes, I know this is crazy talk - but I feel the need to spend some time pondering horses.  Here's the deal... there's this huge, massive part of me that wants to have a young horse go through training to become my Mr. Right.  The thought pattern around this is time.  Even if I buy Mr. Right Now will I have time to ride, enjoy and learn??  I'm on the cusp of formally applying for my graduate program.  I think I have it narrowed down to what and where I want.  This is a two year process.  This process will cost around $15 000.  


So here goes...


If, biiiiiiig if, if I buy something young that Jason can train the right way, then that something should hypothetically be ready for me when I'm ready to ride.  As a stop gap I have Bacardi to ride and play on.    And I'll have the pleasure of knowing the horse's background.  No pesky worries about soundness or strange quirks.  I'll have been the captain of the ship.  


The negative is that then I'd hypothetically have two young horses - pending Guinness and the purchase of something specific to cutting.  Lord only knows if Guinness will be too big or suitable.  


Cost wise - to purchase a finished cutter I'm looking at $15 000 +, to purchase a young horse and toss in some training it'll work out to... ready for this...  $15 000 give or take  (to be honest - probably more).  


One method is more immediate.  I could hypothetically be riding a cutter next summer.  One takes more time.  I could hypothetically be riding a cutter in 3-4 years.  


Something to think about anyhow...

3 comments:

Chloe said...

Hey i really like your blog just discovered it.

As someone who trains horses for a living, i can never justify buying one, id just end up training it to go just exactly how i wanted anyway. but i have time on my hands, trainiing is what i do day in day out. if you have limited riding time...do you want to spend it training or playing do you want to put up with all that young horse shinanigans or just get on and do what you wanta do??

as far as cost, no matter the cost if your not training them yourself, its 6 one way half a dozen the other, costs to have them trained costs to bus a trained horse...

haha hope this helps

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Jennifer said...

Hey Andrea, lol, you're hooked! Your heart is still in the horses in spite of your work load which seems daunting to any mere mortal. ;) That says it all no matter which road you go. :) Let's schedule a minute to have a phone conversation....lots to catch up on! :)

The Canadian said...

Seriously, where do u get the energy for all of this????? U must be super human!!!! u r an inspiration!!!