Horses vs Plastic Surgery – Who’s More Expensive?

What do horses and plastic surgery have in common? On the surface, nothing. However if you look a little deeper, you will find that both are prevalent staples among the affluent crowd. That’s because equestrian activities can cost into the hundreds of thousands per year. In fact, owning and showing horses is so expensive that you can find a higher percentage of millionaires and billionaires in the equestrian circuit than you would in any other “common” sport.

While the price of plastic surgery is not nearly as high as owning a horse, procedures like nose reshaping and breast augmentation can still cost a pretty penny. The average cost to own a horse runs anywhere from $1500 to $3000 per month. Sure, cosmetic surgery is a one-time expense, but with more and more patients financing the procedure, the interest can end up costing almost double the original price in the long run. For example, in some Boca Raton cosmetic locations, a breast augmentation procedure can run anywhere from $2900 to $5000 on the lower end, all the way to up $8000 or more on the higher end. Financing that cost at 10% would tack on thousands of dollars extra. The longer the repayment period, the more interest that would be paid toward the original balance.

Most people interested in owning a horse or having plastic surgery are not millionaires and billionaires. Most are regular, everyday working people looking to pursue their passion or enhance their natural beauty. That is why budgeting is so important in each of these scenarios. Financing plastic surgery may sound like a great idea and a simple way to get the results you want now without paying the entire cost upfront. Likewise, leasing a horse may sound like a great alternative to the upfront costs associated with horseback riding and other equestrian activities. However, in order for the everyday person to enjoy horseback riding or the results of their plastic surgery without the stress of lengthy repayment plans, it’s best to budget for the experience.

St. Louis Limo Horse?

limo horseIt is not often that you see horse-drawn carriages riding through the streets of your town. That is the kind of thing you expect to see in movies and on shows like The Bachelor, which single-handedly seem to keep that industry in business.  But, I digress.

I am sure it is easy to charter a horse-drawn carriage in cities like New York City and Chicago. However, in St. Louis, limo service is likely to be of the car variety. What if you could combine the old-fashioned service of a horse-drawn carriage with modern limo service? Someone else must have thought of this because, for fun, I Googled “horse + limo” and found some interesting pictures of a limo horse.

Yes. A Limo Horse!

While I am certain that this is a not a real thing, the pictures certainly made it seem real. In my search results, there were pictures of horses with mid-sections stretched to accommodate four and five riders at a time. Clearly, this is not something that anyone should expect or request when calling a limo service. It is something curious and funny to look at if you have some time to waste. Nothing more.

However, if you are looking to rent a real limo in St. Louis, then your best bet is to go here.

 

Horse Training – Easy or Not?

Good horse training is boring to watch, lets admit that. It appears as though absolutely nothing is happening. Most people are impressed by training methods which are only a blatant series of attacks around the horse as they are dramatic to observe. However, physically dominating a horse will not teach him anything. To practice with  a horse, you must use mental strength, not physical strength.

Training horses begins with understanding how their minds work. You will need to understand a horse’s logic, the way they think. The mind of a horse does not work exactly like a person does. They don’t associate events or even a sequence of actions just like we reason that everything is related. To train a horse, therefore, you will need to appreciate how horse logic works and base your training on that.

Horses animals of prey. They’re in an undesirable position in the food chain and so they know this. Their eyes are outside their heads so they can see danger originating from any direction. If we approach a horse, it’s got no chance of knowing what our actual intent is. It may only observe our actions and make up a decision that it is safe to be put or advisable to flee.

For more information, just contact us here and we’ll be happy to provide you the necessary steps to training.

Horses and Hospice Care

I started looking into horseback riding activities after my mother had to be transferred to hospice care in Atlanta, our hometown. Initially, it was quite a depressing time for all of us and I wanted to find something to help take our minds away from the hospice reality for a bit. Instead of jumping head-first into a high-powered new hobby, I chose horseback riding as a way to deal with the stress of my mother being in hospice care.

*Sidenote – My mother was in very good hands with the Hospice Care Atlanta team. If you and your family are in the Atlanta area, I’d highly suggest you visit their website at (www.hospicecareatlanta.com).

While she fought her own battle, my mother remained a huge source of encouragement and love to me and my family. When she was healthier, she remained active and even learned to swim in her 50s so she could join her friends at water aerobics. She maintained an appropriate activity level even during her stay at a hospice care facility. She engaged in routine activities and even pushed herself to continue some extracurricular activities during her final days. I felt I owed it to her to continue enjoying new activities.

My advice to anyone is if you are looking to begin horseback riding, find a great facility with trained instructors. Also, anything in the equestrian arena can get pricey. That is why it is important to set a budget. In the event that you fall in love with horseback riding and want to become an avid rider, you will have some idea of how much you can spend on your new activity. And remember, motivation is key. I took motivation from my mother’s hospice care treatment here in Atlanta and used it as fuel to fight back stress and depression during a difficult time. Find something that inspires you to keep going, learning and doing new things and channel that into your newfound horseback riding hobby. Good luck!