I had the most wacked out crazy thought this morning. Yesterday Jenn from Stories from the Saddle posted about her field boot woes. I’m sure most of us have been there. Who wears off the rack field boots anyway!?!?!?
She made a comment about saving for customs. Ugh! Other people chimed in saying yes save for customs or get a cobbler. That got me thinking about saving money and how hard it can be.
As equestrians we put so much out for board, lessons, and things that the horse needs. That leaves little left for the things us as the rider wants/needs. At least for me anyway and I’m sure a lot of adult ammys are the same.
Currently I would love a shad, a pair of field boots that don’t bubble at the back, a couple more show shirts, and enough $$$ for next year’s show season. Is that asking too much? Riding is a luxury after all. Should we just be happy with what we can get? Should we settle for good enough? Or close enough to our dreams?
Here comes the crazy. Have you heard about sites like GoFundMe? For some strange reason this popped into my head this morning. Would this solve Jenn’s field boot woes? Would I be able to afford to show next year?
Obviously I’ve heard of the site before but I’d never looked into it. I thought for sure I was nuts. It would be for people looking for donations for things like surgeries, rebuilds after a fire, support for families that have lost a family member, etc. You know things people desperately need. It wouldn’t be for luxury items/sports/wants/etc.
When I went to the site that is exactly what I found. Funds for people that really need it. But when I looked deeper there were also funds for things that seemed a lot like luxuries. Currently there are people seeking donations for things such as beauty pageants, weddings, travel (including honeymoons), random pet related things, Etc. I’m not saying these aren’t good causes. What I am say is that there are people on GoFundMe looking for funding for wants and NOT just needs.
At first I was like WTF. But then I started thinking about. If there are people out there willing to donate to help you live your dreams why not ask. If your goal in life is to get to that big body building competition but it’s a little out of your budget why not ask for help. If people are willing to help then they will, if not then they won’t. There’s no harm in asking. Right?
What are your thoughts? Should we as equestrians, arguably wealthier than most, ask for donations for things we want? Would you set up a GoFundMe fund for yourself?