It was wonderful to spend a weekend at home with my husband, my dog and my horses. It was a rare event for me to lay on the couch and read and nap and then do some cooking (one of my favorite past-times) on Sunday—not even stepping into my office for a moment. I was long overdue to catch up on some rest and it was the ideal time, before my hectic travel schedule of the next three weeks begins.
As I head to the largest horse expo this weekend—Equine Affaire in Massachusetts—I’ve been wondering how the economic news will affect how many people attend and the amount of goodies equine owners will shop for. Of course with the recent election, everyone has been thinking about the economy. How, though, is it really affecting the horse world? At a dinner the other night--with a bunch of ski-area executive my husband knows--someone asked me how the recession was influencing the horse business. So far, I feel like all is promising for the coming year. The horse industry is notoriously recession-resistant since you cannot just stop feeding your horse when times are bad. But are horse owners doing more than the feed-and-water basics right now?
How has this economy affected your horse life? Have you cut back on activities? Are you downsizing the herd? Putting off major purchases? Or are you cutting back on other things in your life so that your horse pursuits do not suffer? And how do you feel the economy will change within the next few months? Especially around Christmas? Will you be buying your horse his usual Christmas presents—new blankets and tack?
Have faith in the good times that will follow!