I have several horse categories: Board/Lessons, Horse Shows, Farrier, and Horse Supplies. Horse Supplies is a pretty broad category into which I throw anything that could be purchased at a tack store, so it contains everything from fly spray to breeches to tack to horse cookies.
|Unrelated: Connor's Aunt Mary wearing something other than barn clothes last weekend, gasp!|
So that end of year review? In 2017, "horse supplies" was a massive number. Embarrassing, really. Four times what I spent on shows - and I did a lot of rated shows this year.
Now, I did buy a saddle this year, and the new trailer is included in Horse Supplies too. (One thing that is not included - the Equisense and BoT stuff I just bought, because they never hit Mint, being spiffs). But I still spent a ton of money, mostly one $50 SmartPak transaction at a time, on...stuff. And I hate stuff! I'm a ruthless declutterer.
|A good purchase|
So all that said, I'd like to challenge myself to lower that "Horse Supplies" spending category in 2018. Specifically, I want to ask myself "Will we die without this?", or, more accurately, "Is this a medical/safety/horse health necessity?"
|Another no-regrets 2017 purchase <3|
I can't say "Horse Supplies" will be $0 this time next year because that's not how horses work, but I hope it's a fraction of what it was in 2017. Call it a one year detox.
Here's to looking in my tack room, my closet and my grooming bag and thinking "This is enough, and I'm happy."