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I Want a Pony!

 
Ever since I was little girl, I asked for a pony.  Can you hear it now?!  “I WANT A PONY!!”  
Maybe it was because both of my grandfathers were cowboys or my obsession with My Little Pony.
Now as an adult, asking for a horse at every possibility (birthdays, holidays, etc) has become a running joke with my dad.
This last weekend I attended my first horse race, as part of a surprise birthday party.  With my long standing affinity for horses, I experienced mixed feelings at the races.  The animals’ strength, power and speed were impressive.  But I guess I have watched too many horse movies where the horse gets put down from a race gone bad.  Thankfully that day no horse was harmed   

Being around so many beautiful horses, it got me thinking

How realistic would it be to buy a horse?

Like any good future horse owner, I started researching online.  My experience doing this was like a kid on Christmas, who didn’t get anything they really wanted.

South Molton Horses highlighted a study that found

 The highest sale point in that study was $55,000 and the lowest point was $100.
Geography plays a factor in horse prices. The East coast  seems to be more expensive than Alberta.  For regional comparative reference, a report on The Texas Horse Industry found that the average price paid for horse in Texas was $5,661.

Alpha Horse projected the yearly costs :

Stabling Fees: $250.00 x 12 months = $3,000.00
Food Costs: 183 bales of hay x $2.50 = $457.50
22 bags of grain x $7.50 = 165.00
Bedding / Shavings Expenses: $234.00.
VeterinarianExpenses: $300 (healthy horse) – $2,000+
Farrier Expenses: $100
Shoeing: $80
Minimum yearly costs (after the original purchase cost) = $6,8036.50

One other major cost that was not mentioned in either article was time.  Your time is equated to money.  Petplace.com projected

The bare minimum of time you can expect to devote to a horse is about 8 to 10 hours a week. If you’re doing more of the work, plan on blocking out 14 to 15 hours a week. It all depends on your level of involvement.

Wow, this is really starting to add up.

  1. Purchase Costs
  2. Yearly Costs
  3. Amount of time

The fact is I won’t be getting a horse anytime soon.  Unless it is a minature horse, like this one.  Then I will take two.
Maybe it is a fascination, from a distance that is so captivating.  Admiring the beauty, grace, power and spirited nature of the fiery animal.  The idea of me, riding off into the sunset, to catch my little girl dreams.
Come to find out, I’ve had a horse my entire life.  This ‘horse’ is my family, friends, teachers, mentors and colleagues who have believed in me and continue to give me strength.
And I am riding off into the sunset.  The dreams are little different since I was young, but still as ambitious.
Do I still want an actual pony someday?  Absolutely.   Hey dad, my birthday is coming up!?!

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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