Why I’m Trading in my Gym Membership for a Horse…

When I was 12 (he was 13), I got Maestro (and another post here) and had him until he died at 27. I kind of thought I’d never like to ride again, but that wasn’t the case. It is true that there is no other horse like him, but there are other ones that are fun to ride – and yes I’m picky about what horse I ride.

About a year after he died, I started taking riding lessons again and eventually I received lessons in exchange for helping at the barn. Also, with taking riding lessons again, I realised how much of a better rider I am in my near 30’s. I’m so in tune with the horses now and things “click” much easier now than when I was in my teens. This is why riding is a sport you can do when you’re 80.

I digress.

Unfortunately, the barn closed its doors just under 2 years ago. This left me in horse limbo yet again – until now! I am now trading in my gym membership for a horse…

Part of this March challenge to look at my finances helped me realise I can afford to have fun as long as stop wasting money on the non-fun stuff. Guys, the gym isn’t fun stuff. I used to like to go to the gym, but lately it has sucked and I’m unmotivated, I just don’t want to spend money on a yoga pass or gym membership. I just don’t enjoy it and I find 100 reasons not to go.

So, why wouldn’t I find a way to exercise aaand enjoy myself?

That’s it! I’ve decided to start finding a horse to “part board” (meaning that I pay $100-200 per month for the opportunity to ride someone else’s horse 1-3 times per week), since I don’t have the time or money to commit to fully owning a horse by myself. I don’t know why this didn’t dawn on me sooner. Part boarding is one heck of a deal when you factor in all horse related expenses!

I’m going to see a couple of horses over the next few weeks and hopefully I find a match. I’m so glad I live in an area that is horse-saturated so there seems to be a lot of opportunities for part boarding.

I’d rather see this view over a stack of weights any day…


Goodbye gym. I’m not wasting any more money on you. I’ve got a better deal – no really, I got a groupon for one-year unlimited online yoga for $12 last week – and I have my horsey happiness. I can’t wait to come home after 3 hours at the barn, smelling like a dirty horse and looking like a sweaty mess. Stay tuned for updates.

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